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Soju: An Official American Word

Yes folks, soju is no longer just a liquor in South Korea but a word in Merriam-Webster’s dictionary. The dictionary gave its definition as ” a Korean vodka distilled from rice”.

I am not a drinker but I certainly want to try some just to satisfy my curiosity. However, the price of soju in America is $15 per bottle. That’s too much! I am not ready to shell out some dough just to spit the liquid out once it touches my tongue. [I can’t stand alcohol].

I think the Korean dramas had something to do with soju breakthrough (if you consider it as one). This liquor perhaps appeared in every Korean dramas that I have seen, therefore, I must assume that this is indeed the showcased liquor in every Korean dramas ( I have seen, haven’t seen, or fixing to be seen).

Anyway, congratulations soju! You outdid Rain and Se7en.

Source: Associated Press


Out of This World Beef Stew

Yes, this is my beef stew. My husband calls my stew “Out of This World”. He said he tasted many beef stews in his life but none of them compares to mine. I didn’t even have the chance to snap a photo of my stew on a serving bowl because him and his friends immediately dug into my dish (with rice of course) and consumed the whole pot I fixed. Yeah, they left just enough for me to take to work (lunch).

I shouldn’t be calling this my beef stew since my late father was actually the one who originated the recipe. Oh no, he didn’t personally hand me down his recipe, I just remembered what he put in it. I did improvised his beef stew a little bit by adding some kick into it.

My husband actually tasted my late father’s dish before we left the country and he absolutely loved it. However, he admitted that he liked my stew better than my father’s.

For the recipe, I am having trouble writing it down because I didn’t really measure anything, I just eyeballed it. Well, I will finish it somehow.

If you are interested to learn the recipe just email me at

I promise I will email the recipe to you once I perfected completed it. ūüôā

Lazy Adobong Manok

I know, the above photo of adobong manok ( Filipino chicken adobo) does not look familiar especially to the eyes of a Filipino.

What makes it look weird? Well, I used boneless chicken breast instead of whole chicken (cut into serving sizes and bone-in). Also, I did not cook my adobong manok the traditional way, as what most [non-lazy] Filipinos would do. Traditional means I have to prepare the marinade from scratch and marinate the meat overnight. I cooked this tasty Filipino cuisine the Mama Sita way or in other words, the lazy way.  Why? Because with Mama Sita Adobo mix, 15 minutes is all you need to marinate the chicken or pork and approximately 20-25 minutes to wrap up this delicious national Filipino dish.

I was in the mood for adobong manok yesterday but I was not in the mood to wait for my chicken to marinate overnight nor prepare the marinade myself. Luckily, I have Mama Sita Adobo Mix in our pantry which I bought months ago at the Asian store. With the help of Mama Sita, I was able to prepare a sumptuous meal for me and my hubby.¬† However, my husband did tell me that he preferred the adobong manok prepared the traditional way. I couldn’t agree with him more. No offense Mama Sita, your adobo mix¬† was handy and flavorful but nothing compares to food prepared from scratch.

No, Mama Sita did not advertise on my blog. I decided to post this just in case you crave for adobong manok or baboy (pork) but too lazy to mess with garlic, vinegar, soy sauce, and stuff;  Mama Sita can save the day.

If you want to know the traditional and easy recipe for Filipino Chicken Adobo visit Recipe Zaar.

My First “Yummy”Mandu (Korean Dumpling)

 I finally made my first Mandu (Korean dumpling), yepeeee!

Oh hush! I know I suck¬†at it. I don’t know how to wrap nor cook them well. The first batch I made were burnt to a crisp and the second batch were undercooked. The rest, I thought I did cook them pretty well. They tasted good although I did not have the Asian chives as what¬†the recipe called for.

I saw¬†a Food Network show¬†called ¬†“Throwdown with Bobby Flay” last Saturday where¬†they featured Kim Sohui (chef and co-owner of The Good Fork Restaurant in Red Hook, NY). Flay and Kim had a dumpling throwdown and Kim Sohui won. I was more interested on Kim Sohui’s recipe than Bobby Flay’s so I tried my best to scribble down the Korean-American chef’s recipe. However, I couldn’t jot down everything she said so my information was incomplete. I went to Food Network website to see if the video of that episode was available but it wasn’t.

The recipe I used to fix these delicious mandu was from Maangchi with some of Kim Sohui’s touch on it. I am still not giving up¬†in finding the Kim Sohui’s Mandu recipe. Hopefully the video (dumpling throwdown)¬†will be available in Food Network website¬†this week.


Related Post: Maangchi- My Favorite Korean Cook


Maangchi- My Favorite Korean Cook

Everytime¬† I crave for a Korean dish, I turn to Maangchi’s video. She makes cooking look so easy and her dishes look soo yummy!¬†

Maangchi has a very friendly personality and she shows a lot of enthusiasm in cooking. When you watch her cooking video, you feel like she is really talking to you and just¬†you. She has that kind of effect on me, I don’t know about the other thousands of her Youtube subscribers.

I like her latest featured dish , Mandu, which is shown on top. I would like to fix it sometime this week. I have half of the ingredients that were listed on Maangchi’s site. I still have to¬†look for¬†the mandu skins, the fish sauce, and the Asian chives. I spent about an hour the other day at Lowe’s Foods (grocery store) looking for chives but to no avail. I guess I will have to go to Asian store sometime this week and hopefully it will be there and the rest of the ingredients.

Below are my other favorite Korean dishes prepared by Maangchi:







If you want to check out the rest of Maangchi’s videos, just go to her Youtube profile Maangchi¬†or you can visit her personal website: Maangchi’s Official Website

By the way, maangchi means hammer.

To: Maangchi

¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† If you happen to visit my blog, I would like to say “Chong mal kamsahamnida!”


Related Post: My First “Yummy” Mandu (Korean Dumpling)

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