DiningBuzz - Eggplant in Korean cuisine?
Jul 17, 12, 10:20 am
Although Korean is not one of my most commonly-eaten cuisines, I'm always blown away by how fresh and delicious and (save for the meat feasts) healthy the grub is, particularly when in the ROK. I'm not a nature-friendly feller by any stretch but it should be said my favorite ecosystem is a Korean dinner.
That said, I really enjoy the ubiquity of eggplants in many of its Far East neighbors' kitchens. Though, I've never seen a single one either in banchan or as part of a main-am I ashamedly oblivious or does it just not feature much in Korean cooking?
Jul 17, 12, 10:30 am
Eggplant does make appearances in Korean food. The only one I can think of off the top of my head is gaji namul (seasoned steamed eggplant - side dish like kong namul and sukju namul). I'll ask my wife if she can think of others.
Fyi, it's "gahm sah hab ni da", although it can sound like "gahm sah ham ni da" or even "gahm sam ni da". More of a "g" sound at the beginning rather than a hard "k" sound.
Jul 17, 12, 11:19 am
As well as gaji namul there is:
A whole variety of Gaji bokkeum.http://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en&client=safari&tbo=d&biw=1024&bih=672&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=가지요리&oq=가지요리&gs_l=img.12..0j0i24.1183.2013.0.2918.104.22.168.0.0.0.4 33.699.0j2j4-1.3.0...0.0...1ac.dQ0IJaNqdBg recipe http://aeriskitchen.com/2010/11/fried-eggplant-with-soy-sauce/
And I know there are plenty of other eggplant dishes.
Jul 17, 12, 11:31 am
Just came across this (seems to be an original recipe rather than a traditional one)
Hoping to identify the strands (Crab sticks, scallion/chives and... Omelet?) and the sauce... Is it mustard? Does the sauce have a name?
I found a recipe here (http://www.ifood.tv/recipe/chicken-and-vegetables-with-mustard-sauce) Sauce Ingredients ½ Tbsp Korean Mustard Paste, 2 Tbsp Honey, 1 Tbsp Vinegar, 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice, 1 tsp Garlic, ⅛ tsp Salt. Does that seem right?
Would love some help, seems perfect for the summer.
Jul 21, 12, 9:24 am
Thanks for the replies.
Have you both actually noticed eggplant often on menus in Korean eateries, or do you ask the waitstaff if they serve it? In other words, I've been to a slew of Korean restaurants but never see it mentioned on a menu...should I be going to a particular type or is it more that eggplant is used in many dishes just not as the focal point?
As for the pronunciation of kamsamnida, that's how I've heard it said most often. But as a fan of languages, the correction is appreciated.
Jul 21, 12, 5:58 pm
They often have dried form of the eggplant for a spicy version.
Any hangul readers there who could help me identify the mustard sauce?
It's Korean mustard (https://encrypted.google.com/search?q=korean+mustard&hl=en&prmd=imvnse&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=AUMMUOmBKMu_0QGkncjfAw&ved=0CGMQsAQ&biw=1366&bih=561&sei=FEMMUMyOFrGy0AGFvdTcAw#hl=en&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=%EA%B2%A8%EC%9E%90&oq=%EA%B2%A8%EC%9E%90&gs_l=img.3..0l9j0i24.110905.110905.0.112522.214.171.124. 0.0.0.143.143.0j1.1.0...0.0...1c.ewbLoE97Xgg&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.r_qf.,cf.osb&fp=474afa6ea75f64fb&biw=1366&bih=561) which is readily available at Korean grocery store.
Here are more egg plant dishes... (https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=%EA%B0%80%EC%A7%80%EB%B3%B6%EC%9D%8C&hl=en&client=safari&tbo=d&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=xI0FUOy8H4qH0AX-3Zi1Bw&sqi=2&ved=0CDcQ_AUoAQ&biw=1024&bih=672#hl=en&client=safari&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=%EA%B0%80%EC%A7%80%EC%9A%94%EB%A6%AC&oq=%EA%B0%80%EC%A7%80&gs_l=img.1.8.0l10.603450.603450.1.611126.96.36.199.0.0 .0.162.162.0j1.1.0...0.0...1c.14ryfDK13a8&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.,cf.osb&fp=b34df45249aac067&biw=1366&bih=561)
Jul 22, 12, 5:00 pm
You might try asking for Gaji Bokkeum (가지볶음), it's a stir-fried eggplant side dish.