You’re perhaps wondering what you can use to scoop up that delicious homemade hummus of yours. A good option is homemade brown bread, but if that’s too much work for you, there’s an even easier solution: baked tortilla chips.
It’s really quite simple. Just go to Costco and get the jumbo bag of tortillas (or you can buy them at the local mart as well usually, but they’re quite expensive). Then, cut them up into triangles and lightly brush them with olive oil. Add some salt, or another spice or two if you’re feeling adventurous. Something like cumin is good for hummus. Then bake in the oven on medium heat until crisp. Check frequently because it’s quite easy to burn them. You can store them for a few days in an airtight container, but make sure you let them cool first.
Did you know that the fabulous Iherb has some delicious junk-foody things that are very hard to find in South Korea? Yes, it’s not all about the health stuff on Iherb. Some of my personal favorites include:
Beat up a couple eggs with salt and pepper. Pour into a well-oiled or buttered pan. Spread around so it covers the pan evenly. Gently pull back the cooked egg to allow the liquid to go underneath. It’s done when it’s almost cooked, but not quite. You want it a bit liquidy because it’s way more delicious that way.
Then add your toppings into the middle. Pre-cook anything like peppers, white onions, bacon, etc. Fold over carefully. Then, I added some fresh tomatoes to this one. Enjoy!
An interesting new development in the world of foreign food in Korea is the wide availability of fresh mangoes. In previous years, you could get them at the big supermarkets, but they’d be ridiculously expensive (like $5 each).
In this case, my friend gave me a few for my birthday. Perhaps one of the best presents I’ve ever gotten? Anyway, here’s how I made them:
From the organic box/regular supermarket/street fruit truck:
Just follow the directions on the box and you have your pancakes in 10 minutes or less! I always make an extra one to eat for a snack at work the next day. You can also freeze them and pop them in the toaster for a quick breakfast on the go.
It really is easy to cook delicious meals at home in Korea, even Western style ones if you know where to look for ingredients. It ends up being much cheaper and healthier than eating out all the time. My secrets are:
1. Gmarket– anything and everything can be found here, including convection ovens.
2. Iherb– this is the site for all things healthy, and vegan or vegetarian in Korea. Plus, you can find a few hard to find treats like organic chocolate or Salt & Vinegar chips.
3. Costco– This should be your go to source for meat, cheese, wine and processed Western food. And, they have outrageously delicious food in their food-court.
4. Wwoof Csa– Who doesn’t love organic food delivered straight to your door? I sure do. It comes once/week and contains all the vegetables and eggs that I need for the week. Healthy eating at a good price.
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