It’s What I Ate Wednesday! I don’t have any great photos of stuff I ate (nor do I think you care too much) but I did have some good food experiences this week that I wanted to share.
(Skip to the end to read about plans for our Friday Favorites link party!)
After being inspired by Missy’s Korean Kimchi post, I was totally craving kimchi and rice wrapped in nori. I live near a Korean market, H Mart, but have never been, so I figured this was a good time to check it out.
I was about five feet in the door before I knew I never wanted to get produce anywhere else for the rest of my life. They have everything and it’s the freshest produce I’ve ever seen. Based on the supply of daikon radishes, it is clear that there is a lot of fresh kimchi being made in my area.
Need some sugar cane? Oh yeah, they’ve got it.
They had some crazy looking fruits, too, but I felt awkward taking a photo of them, disrespectful almost. I regret that now, because I don’t know what they are called and I’d love to share them with you! Next time…
Okay, so I continued on my quest for fresh pre-made Korean kimchi. I could have asked someone for help, but browsing was too much fun. I rounded the corner and saw this. I swear to you, I heard angels singing.
You better believe I picked up a bag of garbanzo flour to make some of that socca I’ve heard so much about.
The market also had some things I am not so sure about. I almost vomited as I passed the section of fresh tongues and ears. Even typing it out now makes me feel a bit light-headed. Plus, there was a varied selection of dried fish and what-not, like these anchovies.
What exactly is this for? Are you supposed to eat them whole and dry? Or add water to make regular anchovies for a recipe? Interesting…
And Missy, I thought about getting these but it fit squarely into an “impulse purchase”, which I have given up for Lent.
Just when I was beginning to think the Korean market didn’t actually have fresh kimchi, I made it to the far corner of the store and saw this.
A whole wall of kimchi goodness. I really wanted to buy one with no fish in it, but everything seemed to. I picked up a small container.
(Holy crap, I just noticed it has M.S.G. in it?!?!?! What the heck? Ughhhhhh…)
I also needed some nori, and I was crazy intimidated by the options, so I picked this one because it seemed small. (and no, I don’t read Korean, so it was my best guess that this was what I wanted!)
Unfortunately, I am the world’s worst when it comes to dimension, and these nori pieces are way too small to stuff with kimchi and rice. Here it is on a salad plate.
Topped with some kimchi (which is amazing by the way)…
and brown rice…
Next time I need to buy larger nori pieces so I can roll it all up. Me attempting to eat this was an incredibly messy experience, but it was delicious and totally hit the spot.
I was afraid to blend too much, lest I end up with cashew butter, so I stopped here. Added the rest of the ingredients, mix into balls, refrigerate. Easy! And really tasty. Next time I will blend longer and hopefully get doughier balls. But look how pretty they are, and they were so easy to make, and they are healthy(er than real cookie dough).
Friday Favorites Link Party!!!
This Friday, I’m going to host the first Friday Favorites link party! Just like WIAW, all you’ll need to do is post the Friday Favorites link on your site, then come to my post and link up. This will be such a fun way for us to share our favorite things and find new things to try out! Please consider sharing some of your favorite blog posts from the week, too. It’s a great way to help promote your fellow bloggers.