Recipe Domesticate Me
How much do you wanna bet Lay’s just keeps the better submissions to its Do Us a Flavor contest so they don’t have to pay royalties? Call us conspiracy theorists, but we really can’t imagine any other reason something so amazing as KOREAN BARBECUE wouldn’t be included in the running.
A potential mouthgasm of barbecue, sesame, garlic, pepper, and green onion flavors, new Lay’s STAX Korean BBQ is just one of the two savory Asian food-inspired chips to roll out this month, the other being Thai Sweet Chili. Inspired by the gut-busting, self-loathing-inducing experience that is tabletop grilling, these KBBQ crispies are also made with whey and MSG for extra meatiness.
According to chipreview.com, however, that’s where the similarities end. “We definitely got notes of sweet onion, some garlic, a little pepper,” their review reads, “but for some reason not very much soy or sesame; which seem like they would have been easy Korean flavor profiles to utilize…??”
Fair enough. We think we’d rather pay $18 more for all-you-can eat meat and unlimited side dishes, anyway.
Topped with Kimchee, Bulgogi, Pajeon (Korean Pancake), All House Made with Sriracha, Lettuce, Gochu-jang Sauce on a Half Pound Burger, this burger can be found all month at Grill ‘Em All.
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If you’ve ever been to Costco then you know about their food court. It’s a magical place where you can get giant slices of pizza for under $2 and really the only other place that you can find legit churros outside of Disneyland. Costco is also home of the chicken bake, aka what Hot Pockets wish they could be. Basically meat and cheese stuffed into a pizza crust this is one of the more popular items at the member’s only warehouse club, but Japan based Costco locations have something even better, Bulgogi Bakes.
A popular Korean beef dish, bulgogi isn’t something you’d think to see at a Japan Costco, but some of the writers over at RocketNews 24 managed to get their hands on one of these monstrous bakes. They described the dish as being more of an “oblong calzone” but when it came to the taste the Bulgogi Bake held it’s own.
While we’d like the beef even more if it was a little tenderer, we’ve got no complaints about the marinade that gives it a pleasant sweetness. It’s a bit like the flavor of a Japanese-style beef bowl, and it goes great with the warm, melty cheese.
Just like everything else on Costco’s food court menu the Bulgogi Bake won’t break the bank, at 400 yen ($3.90USD) do yourself a favor and try this dish out.
H/T + PicThx RocketNews 24
Earlier this month, P.F. Chang’s unveiled its latest seasonal menu for the fall season and boarded the popular Korean-fried-chicken train with its Crispy Korean Lollipop Chicken Wings (pictured above) and also included the pho-inspired Vietnamese Noodles with Steak & Shrimp (pictured immediately below). The additional nine menu items of various starter/entree/dessert/cocktail assortment include the Shanghai Waldorf Salad, Miso Chicken, Citrus Mustard Prawns, Harvest Vegetable Quinoa, Pumpkin Wontons, Caramel Apple Wontons, Apple Cinnamon Martini, Ginger Jalapeño Mule, and the Rum Chata.
Check out the photos below for full menu item descriptions. Photo credit to FOODBEAST’s Peter Pham.
Vietnamese Noodles With Steak & Shrimp: Rice Noodles with hoisin, Sriracha, cinnamon, coriander, marinated shrimp, flank steak, Chinese broccoli, carrots, bean sprouts, cilantro.
Crispy Korean Chicken Wings: Lollipop Style Wings with sweet and spicy red chili sauce, scallions and sesame seeds.
Shanghai Waldorf Salad: Kale, endive, radicchio, crisp apples, grapes, celery, grape tomatoes, candied walnuts, miso-lime vinaigrette.
Harvest Vegetable Quinoa “Fried Rice”: Red quinoa, spiced butternut squash, Brussels sprouts, corn, snap peas, carrots, zucchini, and green apples — all topped with a sunny-side up egg. Can be prepared gluten-free.
Citrus Mustard Prawns: Citrus Mustard Sauced Prawns, baby carrots, black beans, ginger, Fresno peppers, zucchini and cilantro.
Miso Chicken: Sliced Chicken Breast with miso-tamarind sauce, baby carrots, mushrooms, bok choy, candied walnuts, corn and cilantro.
Pumpkin and Caramel Apple Wontons
Ginger Jalapeño Mule: Tanteo Jalapeño Tequila, Fresh Ginger, Lime Juice, Basil Leaves.
Rum Chata: Cream Liqueur, Ice Sphere, Cinnamon Stick, Star Anise, Orange Peel
Apple Cinnamon Martini: Absolut Orient Apple Vodka, Tuaca Liqueur, Apple Juice. Lemon Juice, Cinnamon.
Somewhere between riding imaginary ponies, pranking the general South Korean public and inexplicably yelling at women’s butts, Korean popstar Psy can get a little hungry, so he’s hosting a fan video contest to find his next personal chef. Why?
Because he’s a mother father gentleman, that’s why.
In partnership with Korean restaurant Bibigo, the Psy Needs a Chef campaign asks contestants to post videos of themselves “mixing it up,” in whatever way they can imagine, in order to prove themselves worthy of coming on tour as Psy’s personal chef for a month. The winner will get $40,000 in prize money, an all expenses-paid plane ride, five-star hotel accommodations, the chance to party up with Psy himself and of course, bibimbap, because that sh*t is delicious.
The best part is you don’t even have to know how to cook. The few video submissions which are already up on the Bibigo youtube feature a DJ, a group of girls parodying painter Bob Ross and okay, one person cooking, but just because that guy can actually cook doesn’t make him any likelier to be picked than your Lean Cuisine-eating ass is, honest.
The contest ends on May 12. Check out psygobibigo.com or the video below for details, or just because you loved watching Gangnam Style that much.
Also, in case you’re one of the five people who hasn’t seen it yet:
H/T + PicThx Gothamist
If one were to describe the Bool Truck, it would be: “It’s kinda like Kogi, but you don’t have to wait as long.” So I was parked at the Rowland Heights Truck Fiesta waiting for the No Jodas Kitchen truck to show when I get a tweet saying they had car trouble and wouldn’t make it. Pissed and starving, I went to the first truck that was open: Bool Korean BBQ Tacos and Pastels.
The Pork Belly Tacos were made with lettuce, green onions, kimchi, and spicy pork belly. And you know you have a good taco when you can’t get the smell of the sauce out of your fingers. One definitely won’t be enough, so make sure to get at least two.
The Short Rib Burrito was heaven. The item a lot of people recommended, I had to be sure to pick one up and try it. Made with rice, kimchi, tomatoes, and Korean BBQ short ribs, this baby made my night.
The woman who took my order was very patient took the time to help me choose something off the menu I would enjoy. I didn’t feel like I was being rushed, which is always good when it comes to eating. I’m already coming up with a list of things I want to pick up for future visits. I definitely want to try their bowls. I one hundred percent recommend this truck for future visits. Very great food and very great atmosphere.
LA’s Chego Restaurant is killing me on my lunch hour. I’ll I’ve had to eat today was a coffee and a stale Triscuit I found on my desk, and now we get these promo shots in for Chego’s latest special: Papi’s Plate Lunch. Arguably, two complete dishes in their own right, Papi’s Plate Lunch consists of Spam, rice, butter, soy sauce and sesame…and the other dish is a complete kimchi platter. The combination of these plates and my empty stomach is causing a revolution…in the office…too soon?