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January 2021

Sweet and Sour Beef (tangsuyuk)...


Tangsuyuk is a Korean Chinese dish that goes with Jjajianmyun.  It's kid's favorite dish when we go out.  But this is particularly tasty when made at home.  

There are few tips to make the batter very crispy. (Beef, chicken or mushroom would be great) 

Need a cup of potato starch.  

1 cup of starch, add water to cover. Mix the ingredients and let it sit for hours.  Allow the starch to be on the bottom and water to float at the top.  

discard the water, add 1 egg white, a teaspoon of oil.  (it would be hard as cement or mud.  you need to work it to mix well)

Cut beef and season:  kosher salt, ground black pepper, cooking wine and set aside

Prepare vegetables for sauce: onion, cucumber, pineapple, green and red bell peppers: sauce in pan, add 3 cups of water, add  2 teaspoon of soy sauce, 2 T apple cider vinegar,  1/4 cup of sugar, and starch water and thicken the sauce.  

Optional:  Napa cabbage, wood ear mushrooms, apples 

add seasoned beef/mushrooms into the starch mixture and deep fry.  Double fry would be best to make it crispy!  Pour sauce over the crunchy fried beef and serve!  

SF style garlic noodles...

I need to make this:  Recipe saved.  

1 pound chow mein noodles (fresh if possible)
2 tablespoons olive oil
¼ cup unsalted butter
3 tablespoons minced garlic
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
½ tablespoon light brown sugar
1 tablespoon Maggi Seasoning
¼ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 scallion, chopped
2-3 pinches toasted sesame seeds

Cook the chow mein noodles according to the direction on the package. Drain the noodles, reserving a few tablespoons of the starchy water.

In a wok or large sauté pan, melt the butter and olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and sauté until aromatic but not browned, approximately 1-2 minutes. Add the red pepper flakes, sugar and Maggi. Stir until the sugar is dissolved.

Remove the wok from the heat and quickly toss the noodles into the mixture. Sprinkle in the black pepper and cheese. Toss the noodles ensuring that it is thoroughly covered. You may add a tablespoon of the pasta water as needed to loosen the pasta.

Transfer to a serving dish and garnish with the scallions and sesame seeds. Serve immediately.

My number 2 and 3...


This is Allison and Randy.  My number 2 and 3.  Yes.  At times, there's no love.  But deep down inside, they love each other and care about each other very much.  Lindsey is too busy these days studying night and day.... When Randy visited the girls before he headed off to college, he stayed with his two sisters in Loma Linda.  Somehow, they call it Casa de Jungs.  Allison rules.  She is the lady of the house... she cooks, she cleans, prepares brothers bed and makes sure he's good while visiting.  Randy will leave for college again and until we meet again in May, I pray every day for my children.  May they develop a personal relationship with God and lean on him for strength.  These are crazy strange times...IMG_2972

Happy New Year!


This is New Year's morning brunch.  It was a traditional Korean rice cake soup with sides.  Michelle and HK's family came for a nice brunch together.  We didn't see each other for Thanksgiving or Christmas... so this gathering was special!  May 2021 be a good one everyoone!  

Lindsey comes home...


The kids all came home for Christmas. There was nothing that was open, no places to go so we naturally stayed home and cooked together.  We love this time together in the kitchen.  Lindsey loves to cook as well so it's always a treat to work on a recipe together.   She was suppose to make the sauce for Penne ala Vodka but she forgot the vodka.  It's okay.  It was a delicious marinara sauce!