But, over time the number of people who told me it doesn't taste the way it smells began to add up. And then, I made sauerkraut and sausage for a friend who had never had sauerkraut and said . . . it doesn't taste like it smells. I decided I needed to try it. So, this is my first Kimchi experiment. I decided to make Kimchijeon. Why? Because, it is intensely kimchi, but cooked . . . I'm not sure why this makes it better. Maangchi seems to like it and she doesn't usually steer me wrong. So, I decided to use her Kimchijeon recipe. At my last trip to the T&T I picked up a little pot of kimchi - premade. I didn't want to commit to making my own at this point.
|If its from Korea it must be good, right?|
First, I opened the jar. the hated smell meet my nose. I'm not sure why I hate the smell so much. I like sour cabbage and I like spicy things, but it just hurts. I tasted it anyway. It was fine. I don't think I'll eat it out of the pot with a fork for a snack, but it is edible despite olfactory proof to the contrary. And so we begin with the cooking.
|Ludo - SMELL BAD|
I followed the recipe pretty exactly. I use a bit more than a cup of kimchi (as my little pot contained a bit over this amount). It also didn't have any kimchi juice . . . so I skipped it. I mixed up the batter and it turned out looking like pancake . . . which is good.
|Ready to cook . . . the smell had subsided by this point . . .|
I got my pan ready and
So, I divided it up into smaller pancakes in the pan. I soon learned that my kimchi was still a bit large for what I was trying to do, but it more or less worked as I ended up with pancakes!
|Big pancake fail . . .|
|Delicious little pancakes with Ninjas|
I had a bite and it was pretty good. I felt it could use a sauce so I used some mayo like I do when I make Japanese pancakes. It went really well together so I feel I can suggest this. In the end, I at about a 1/3 of a pancake and enjoyed it. I don't think I could eat more than that in one sitting, but it is good. I might be convinced to eat kimchi again and just try really hard not to smell it.