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Thursday, 3 August 2006

The Food Network post: Iron Chef Korea

Ok, so we bought some ingredients to cook at home for the first time. It was like Iron Chef...Iron Chef Korea that is! I had to come up with a quick three course menu given the ingredients we had...here it is:

Appetizer: Grilled Monterrey Jack Cheese Sandwich, Rye bread Entree: Pan seared Atlantic Farmed Salmon, Chef's Selection of Seasonal Greens, Hydrogenated Margarine Reduction (insert sarcasm: nice and healthy!) Dessert: Warmed Oven Baked Red Bean Honey Pancakes

On a side note, we had no salt or pepper or cooking oil. Just the ingredients and a tub of margarine. We had a non-stick pan, a spatula, and ONE dinner plate.

Here is our non-secret ingredient, Atlantic farmed salmon, previously frozen from Costco:

Other ingredients including Monterrey Jack cheese, seasonal greens, hydrogenated margarine, and dessert:

15 minutes have elapsed, and the rye bread has defrosted and buttered:

"30 minutes to go":

Here's our "kitchen stadium", sans aggressive Japanese camera men:

The grilled cheese on the..."grill"...before...

...and after! BAM! Nice and golden brown, baby!

Remember, you need a pre-heated pan on high heat to get some good sear marks:

..."10 seconds to go"...the final dish plated (look at the sear marks on the salmon, sealing in those farmed, antibiotic laden juices!):

...and the grand finale, warmed red bean honey filled pancake pastries:

All in all, it was a successful night as I won the first ever Iron Chef Korea challenge. I hope you enjoyed reading this post as much as I had writing it. And yes, it is directly related to teaching English in Seoul, South Korea. :-)


estlxlan said...

i suppose u won the title since... u were the only person involve in the competition! LOL

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