Best Kimchi?

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“Recommended Kimchi” Cedar Park, 2020

We were recently given a bottle of this Kimchi by a Korean friend of ours, and she said it’s the best brand you can get here. Interestingly, another Korean friend recommended the same brand, so I’m really looking forward to trying it! We still have a lot of kimchi left in the jar we have opened, so it might be a while until we get to the new one, but it’s something to look forward to.

Making Budae-Jjigae / Army Base Stew

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“Budae-Jjigae” Cedar Park, 2020

Today I made Budae-Jjigae (Army Base Stew) using this video as a guide. It was super-delicious, spicy, and will leave your whole body warmed up. It’s also very easy to make (hey, if I can do it, anyone can!)

In the photo below, you can see it with the spicy paste mixed into the broth (we just used water), and instant noodles added. We cook it on our kitchen stove, and then bring it over to the table and use a portable gas stove on low to keep it nice and hot. I highly recommend this yummy Korean dish!

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“Budae-Jjigae” Cedar Park, 2020

Cheese Ramen

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“Cheese Ramen” Cedar Park, 2020

Yes, American cheese in Shin Ramyun is so yummy! I drop an egg in the boiling water 3 minutes before it’s done, then two slices of American cheese. Mariko says Mozzarella is also very popular, so I need to try that too. 🍜💗🌶🔥

Korean Fried Chicken and Spinach

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“Korean Fried Chicken and Spinach” Cedar Park, 2020

Here are a couple of easy dishes that I made for dinner. The spinach recipe is super simple, with only a few ingredients. The fried chicken is a little more involved, but still at a level that I can handle. 😀

One comment about the chicken is that it is not spicy, even though I used a few large peppers. If you want to add some kick, make sure you use a fiery pepper! And one other thing, Maangchi fried the wings for 12 minutes, but I did it for 8, and next time, I think just 5 minutes for the first fry would be sufficient. YMMV of course!

Recipes:

Crispy and crunchy fried chicken – Dakgangjeong 닭강정

Spinach side dish – Sigeumchi-namul 시금치나물

CharmBBQ Korean Fried Chicken

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“Korean Fried Chicken” Austin, 2019

こんばんは。How’s it going?

A new fried chicken restaurant opened up recently so we decided to give it a try. CharmBBQ Korean Fried Chicken is the real-deal and is the sister store to Charm Korean BBQ, which we enjoyed.

Upon entering the restaurant, you can tell this is authentic due to the large shochu ad with lifesize Korean model. LoL. I breathed a small sigh of relief when I saw that. Also, the restaurant has multiple TVs set up on all walls, showing sports, news, and K-Pop. Something for everybody! 😆 I actually switched seats with Koa so I could face the TV that was showing a mega-concert with Twice. Woohoo!

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“K-Pop” Austin, 2019

Anyway, onto the food. They serve bone-in chicken, boneless tenders, and many other Korean appetizers and dinners including hotpot. If you order the chicken, you can choose from a variety of sauces. We chose half habañero and half traditional Korean sauce. They were both tasty! I was surprised at the number of items on the menu – we’ll definitely be back again to try some more dishes.

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“Charm Chicken” Austin, 2019

Charm BBQ Chicken also has a large variety of drinks (there’s a huge bar) including pitchers of beer. I had the beer/shochu combo drink which was pretty good! Next time, though, a regular beer will be my order. Seems like a good place to enjoy a pitcher of beer with friends, have some spicy chicken, and watch a ballgame. I love the restaurant’s slogan: Beer+Chicken=Truth. haha ☺

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“Beer+Chicken=Truth” Austin, 2019

Although we like Korean fried chicken, we all agreed that Japanese karaage is superior, but for a change of pace, Korean fried chicken at Charm BBQ Korean Fried Chicken is yummy.

I hope you had a good day!

またね~