Spaghetti Gochujang

Published September 1, 2016 by Ninik Becker

Spaghetti Gochujang

 

‘Spaghetti can be eaten most successfully if you inhale it like a vacuum cleaner’

~Sophia Loren~

 

Spaghetti Gochujang

So far I mostly use Gochujang (Korean chilli paste) to make Kimchi Soup, and this time I tried to mix it with the spaghetti. Gochujang and Miso available in most Asian stores, or buy directly when you travel to Korea.

For someone who has never tried Gochujang and Miso may taste a little strange. But for those who are familiar, they will like it. Gochujang and white miso mixture add richness flavor into the dish.

A fusion of western and eastern ingredients will produces a unique flavor. Something new for me. Anyway, this is really very simple recipe you can cook in short time.

Please take a look at the video below

 

 

Ingredients :

  • 2 servings cooked spaghetti
  • 1 medium carrot, diced
  • 1 stalk green onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • Egg(s) for topping
  • Little fresh parsley for garnish
  • 1/4 cup of water

Sauce :

  • 1 tbsp Gochujang (Korean Chilli Paste)
  • 1 tsp white Miso
  • 1 tsp light soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp water

Method :

In a small bowl, add Gochujang and white Miso. Add 3 tbsp water and stir until smooth. Add 1 tsp of light soy sauce, stir again until well blended. Set aside.

In a pan add little oil, fry egg(s) into your preference doneness. For this dish I prefer sunny side up egg. Set aside.

In the same pan, heat vegetable oil. Saute minced garlic, stir for couple of seconds and add carrot and green onion. Stir until carrot softened.

Pour the Gochujang mixture into the pan. Now, add 1/4 cup of water into the bowl, move the bowl to clean the remaining sauce, then pour into the pan. Stir and wait until boil.

Add cooked spaghetti and stir until well coated and the sauce reduced.

This will be a thick full flavor dish.

Serve immediately, top with sunny side up egg and chopped fresh parsley.

Guten Appetit !

 

Note : If you’ve never taste Gochujang and Miso before, try a little first and see how it goes.

 

 

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Strawberry Chocolate Bar

Published July 4, 2016 by Ninik Becker

Strawberry Chocolate Bar by Ninik Becker

 

At the moment I’m affected by the beautiful song of John Legend, All Of Me. The song is so beautiful that makes me want to cry when listening with my heart.

Like the lyric in the song, I loves the curves and the edges of my Strawberry Chocolate Bar too !

This is very d**n easy recipe, children can make it and they gonna love it. I believe there are many similar recipe out there about strawberry and chocolate. I used dark chocolate couverture but regular dark chocolate or milk chocolate work too.

 

Please check this out :

 

When I made this, my hands covered with melted chocolate. Not just hands. Tabletops, my camera, my dress ( at that time I was not wearing an apron ). Sometimes someone just needs to be a silly.

Alright, this is the recipe. Adjust the measurement of chocolate with strawberry you use. And what kind of tray you use.

 

Ingredients :

Makes a single chocolate bar with 8 pieces of strawberry.

 

  • 8 pieces of fresh strawberry, rinse, pat dry, hulled.
  • 250 g chocolate, chopped (chips)
  • A small square tray
  • Foil or parchment paper, follow the size of tray
  • A skewer/a toothpick

 

You may replace strawberry with other fruits. Be creative !

 

Fresh strawberry

 

Choose uniform-size strawberries, rinse gently then pat dry with paper towel. One by one cut the greens, leaving evenly surface bottom, so these pretty little things can sit nicely.

Melt chocolate in a stainless steel/glass bowl, over simmering water in a saucepan. The water should not boiling.

Stir until all melted, smooth and no more lumps. Remove from the heat. At this point, the melted chocolate slightly warm. Allow to cool about 3-5 minutes or more, depends of how much you use chocolate. Don’t let too long, chocolate will get solid again.

Prepare a flat surface, lined with parchment paper.

Use a skewer/a toothpick to hold the base of strawberry, dip in the melted chocolate to coat evenly. With a fork, remove covered strawberry from a skewer then put on prepared flat surface lined with parchment paper. Repeat the process until finished.

Let sit until chocolate dry.

Meanwhile, prepare a small tray lined with foil/parchment paper with extra in the edges. To help remove easily later.

Pour 2/3 of melted chocolate into tray, allow to set or almost set. Dip the base of each strawberry into remaining chocolate then arrange on chocolate in the tray.

(If your remaining chocolate start to solid, warm up again by putting your bowl with chocolate in it, over hot water bath in a bigger bowl, stir until melt again).

Drizzle the remaining melted chocolate on top. Let sit in the fridge until set.

Lift the foil from the tray. Peel off the foil from chocolate.

Slice strawberry chocolate to see contrasting colors. Beautiful.

 

Strawberry Chocolate bar by Ninik Becker

 

Enjoy. Guten Appetit !

 

 

 

Easy Peasy Pain au Chocolat

Published March 7, 2016 by Ninik Becker

 

Life can be easier with bite of chocolate….

This flaky pastry was made from homemade pastry dough. If using store-bought puff pastry sheet, then the 30 minutes rest is not necessary. I used dark chocolate in this recipe but milk chocolate will be great for somebody with sweet tooth.

Ingredients :

  • 500 g puff pastry dough (homemade)
  • 100 g dark chocolate/milk chocolate
  • 1 egg for egg wash

Method :

  • Roll out puff pastry dough into large rectangle. Mine was 30 x 40 cm.
  • Cut into 10 equally size 15 x 8 cm rectangles.
  • Cut the chocolate into finger size if possible or just break into small pieces.
  • Put some of chocolate on the narrow edge of pastry and then roll up. Repeat the process until finished.
  • Put on baking tray, seam side down. Because I use homemade puff pastry dough, I let the pastry rolls to rest for 30 minutes covered, until risen.
  • In the last 10 minutes rest, preheat the oven at 210°C.
  • (If you use store-bought pastry sheet, skip the ‘resting time’, and preheat oven before you roll up the pastry).
  • Beat the egg, brush on the surface of pastries.
  • Bake at 210°C for 15-20 minutes until golden brown, puffy and crisp.
  • Remove from oven, allow to cool slightly before put on serving dish. This pastry can be served warm or at room temperature.
  • Note : beware that when just come out from oven, the chocolate still melt, oozing, and hot ! Please don’t directly eat or it will burning your tongue.

 

Pain au Chocolat

 

You can make the size smaller for mini Pain au Chocolat or cut into triangles to make Chocolate Croissant.

Bon Appetit !

 

 

Noodles Curry

Published February 1, 2016 by Ninik Becker

Noodles Curry by Ninik Becker

 

When baking, follow the recipe.

When cooking, follow your instinct.

No limit. No pressure.

One recipe cook by a thousand people will become a thousand different dishes.

 

The dish here is definitely quick and super easy  to make. Feel free to add your favorite ingredients. As I said before, follow your instinct…..

Omit the chilli powder if you afraid, add more if you love it.

 

 

 

Check out for another super easy noodle recipe here :

 

Enjoy…….

 

Vegetable Omelette

Published January 18, 2016 by Ninik Becker

The 4 worst things about being an Egg :

You only get hard once

You only get laid once

You only get eaten once

The only one who sits on your face is your mother !

 

I found this quotes printed in a cap/hat somewhere, have no idea who is the original author.

 

Talk about an egg, I like to have a hot breakfast, something that can make quickly, savory and delicious and good-looking as well. How cool is that ?

Less than 15 minutes including preparation until finished, if you move fast. If you are doing slow motion than will be different.

And now let’s make this

 

 

Serve with toasted bread if you prefer.

The plate was empty less than 15 minutes too !

Vegetable Omelette by Ninik Becker

 

Enjoy !

Pandan Egg Steamed Buns

Published January 7, 2016 by Ninik Becker

 

Pandan has specific flavour and fragrant aroma that can not be replaced with any other ingredients. Pandanus leaves commonly grow in South East Asia but we can find easily the Pandan extract everywhere in Asian store, usually in a small bottle.

In Indonesia, Pandan use for many kind of dishes and dessert.

The fresh Pandan leaves look like these.

Pandan leaves

 

In this recipe I used Pandan extract. If using Pandan juice, use as replacement of water in the dough making.

Pandan Egg Steamed Buns

 

Enjoy !

Decadent Peanut Brownies

Published December 14, 2015 by Ninik Becker

Chocolate comes from cocoa, which is a tree

that makes it a plant.

Chocolate is salad.

 

Lol….

 

 

Easy recipe how to make irresistible chocolaty Peanut Brownies. Delicate brownies with chunky peanuts perfect for coffee or tea time. The recipe here was not too sweet, I used unsweetened cocoa powder and dark couverture chocolate which is very high quality chocolate. The peanut can be replace with your favorite nuts.
Make 8 or 10 pieces

Ingredients :

Sugar   —————————————————— 2/3 cup
Butter, softened ——————————————– 4 tbsp
Egg yolk —————————————————– one
Egg white —————————————————- from two eggs
Vanilla sugar/extract ————————————— 1 tsp
Brewed coffee ———————————————– 3 tbsp
Flour ———————————————————- 3/4 cup
Salt ———————————————————— 1/4 tsp
Baking powder ———————————————– 1/2 tsp
Plain yogurt ————————————————– 1/2 cup
Cocoa powder ———————————————- 1/2 cup
Dark chocolate, chopped ———————————-1/4 cup
Roasted peanuts, chopped ——————————- 1/2 cup (divided into 2)

Directions :

1. Preheat oven at 180°C . In this video used pan 23 cm x 17 cm. Line with baking foil or parchment paper and grease with butter or
cooking spray evenly.
2. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until fluffy about 3 minutes.
3. Add egg yolk, egg white and beat to combined. Then add vanilla and coffee, continue beating until combined well.
4. Add flour, salt, baking powder, yogurt. Stir first before beating to prevent the flour flying out.
5 Add cocoa powder. Stir again before beating.
6. Add chopped dark chocolate and 1/4 cup (half measured) of roasted peanuts. Using a spatula fold the batter (don’t overmixed).
7. Spread into prepared pan. Smooth the surface with a spatula. Sprinkle with remaining peanuts.
8. Bake at 180°C for about 35-40 minutes. Baking time may vary depends of your oven type.
9. Remove from oven and let cool in the pan. Loosen the foil to remove the brownies by lifting the foil out from the pan.
10. Cut into your desired shape. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream or chocolate sauce for more decadent.

Enjoy !

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