I have a low EQ when it comes to food. Offer me a dish I fancy and I’d be planning ways (a.k.a. me convincing my sister) on how to recreate it at home. It’s a hobby both fulfilling and expensive much to my mom’s consternation. To her credit, she’s slowly learning to go along with our kitchen experiments.
Our cravings are usually fueled by cooking shows we watch and these days, there’s nothing but Three Meals a Day to blame for that. What started as a curious watch for anything Shinhwa-related (Eric Mun has been a cast member since Season 6) slowly turned into an appreciation for Korean food made easy. On the show, celebrity cast-members spend three days in a rural or fishing village living like locals and preparing three meals a day with whatever food supply they’ve managed to gather with their budget. Eric whips up meals like a pro you’d find yourself wishing you were a guest on the show instead. To wit, these are some of what we’ve picked up from 3MAD:
A curious mix of tteokboki and ramen, this dish is a meal in itself and can be paired with rice if you’re super hungry. I especially love it with lots of cheese because it makes the spicy sauce creamy. I have yet to take a decent photo of one we made at home so this one’s from Da Bang Cafe in downtown Cebu.
Coffee ice cubes with fresh milk
A refreshing drink you can prepare for breakfast. I had mine made from Kopiko brown coffee and it was delicious!
I never had the chance to document this attempt but my sister was more determined to get this done since it looked so easy when Seolhyun and the guys were doing it on 3MAD. Who knew dough kneading was tricky?😂
While nothing beats the flavor of real anchovies, dried kelp and Dashida anchovy powder elevates the taste of your broth to a whole new level.
Aside from being reminded of the comforting aroma of freshly-baked goodies, Seo-jin’s baking experiments in Season 7 left me with a renewed appreciation for BreadTalk and Kate’s where every product tells a story of its baker’s creativity.
Then there’s kimchi fried rice and tonkatsu which they’ve featured recently and looks so good for office baon. Now who wants to buy me a Yumbox?😉 Kidding! I’m actually saving up for one.
As a person with average kitchen skills, I’ve always been vocal that cooking is not my forte. I can, however, prepare ingredients with ease. So when the opportunity to join the office cooking club presented itself, I jumped at the chance to explore my untapped culinary potential. My mom’s training came in handy as I realized I’m not that useless in the kitchen after all.😆
It took a while before we zeroed in on an actual date for the second activity (I missed the first one) with a re-schedule thrown in due to health reasons for some members. But it was fun! We learned how to make dumplings and had fish fillet w/ tausi as our second dish. Cooking with a group is a learning experience. Not only do you share best practices, you also get to bond over your output.
Thanks to Raffy for hosting us at the staff house!👍
It’s been more than week since I (temporarily) deactivated my Facebook account and there’s that tempting thought of making it permanent. I hate how toxic that platform has become these days. People I’ve known for years have become strangers over political matters. Have we come to a point where we are intolerant of dissent? It’s disheartening, really.
And while I refuse to wallow in any blip of negativity, we nearly had a scare when something came up during my dad’s medical check-up. His doctor was quick to assure us though that it’s something that can be resolved by medication. You know how parents are when they get older, right? It’s the new normal for them to be as stubborn as a bull. Pray that this knocks some sense into my dad because it takes a village to actually keep him in tiptop shape these days.
Personal drama aside, March is turning out to be quite a steady month. I’m still very much into K-dramas with some occasional slips into variety shows if it features Shinhwa. That said, I cannot stress enough the love we had for the 3MAD (3 Meals A Day) season featuring Eric Mun. Word of advise, never watch that show on an empty stomach otherwise you’d find yourselves craving for Korean food. Guess what happened to us?😂
In fairness, all nine rolls were consumed in 24hrs! It made the effort we put into scouting for ingredients all worth it. The next time we’re buying at a Korean grocery store, I am definitely documenting it.
Next target: Doenjang-jjigae! *crosses fingers*
I bid 2016 with fondness. While the year has been particularly challenging for the family, I am also thankful for the good things that made me see the silver lining out of everything. That said, this year’s Noche Buena was relatively uneventful because we chose to sleep through midnight after watching some Korean dramas. Good thing we had a late lunch scheduled with Xtian the next day otherwise we’d simply spend the entire Sunday doing nothing.