I adore Korean food. So on Sunday when I dragged my sick butt out to get groceries (still sick, by the way – I hate the flu!), I ended up stopping at H-Mart , the Korean market on 32nd Street (it’s in K-town). (I originally went to Chinatown, but the business and dirtiness was too much for my sick self so I headed uptown instead.)
At H-Mart I was seduced by their pre-made panchan (side dishes; also spelled banchan). I picked up a few of the cheap ones ($1.99 each). First there was an egg pancake thing with some veggies:
Then I got an amazing daikon kimchi. This was slightly sweet and different from any kimchi I’ve ever had. It’s the best kimchi I’ve had though!
I got shredded and pickled daikon too… (A little sweet, a little sour, just right.)
And some steamed (or sauteed?) spinach with sesame seeds and soy sauce. (This is very similar to gomaee , a Japanese spinach dish. My gomaee recipe is here .)
And my other favorite (aside from the cool daikon kimchi) – sprouts! I don’t know how these are prepared but they’re really yum.
I also got a Japanese side dish, takuan (a different pickled daikon). This is one of Bobby’s favorites. We always soak it in water for a little bit before we eat it; otherwise it’s too salty.
We didn’t just have the side dishes though. We took lettuce leaves and filled them with white rice, then added different side dishes for topping, then dipped them in hoisin and hot sauce. I was out of that amazing Korean red sauce, but hoisin+hot sauce worked almost as well. Must remember to pick up the red sauce next time I’m at the store.