Friday, February 12, 2010

Kimchi / Kimchee

Kimchi / Kimchee known as a national dish of Korea . Kimchi is basically a fermented chili peppers and vegetables, commonly based on cabbage which served with most meal.
Kimchi in english mean "steeped / submerged vegetable." People says The name kimchi started from shimchae ( salting of vegetable ) : shimchae > dimchae > kimchae > kimchi.
There are many different ways of preparing Kimchi . Usual ingredients of kimchi include Chinese cabbage, radish, garlic, red pepper, spring onion, ginger, salt, and sugar .
But Kimchi internationally also known as Chinese cabbage fermented with a mixture of red pepper, garlic, ginger, and salted fish sauce, several types of kimchi exists, including territorial and seasonal variations.
There are many variants from kimchi recipes , including kaktugi, based on radish and containing no cabbage .
And the other variants are Baechukimchi, Gotkimchi, Backimchi, and so on
Kimchi is similar to the sauerkraut of Germany, the paocai of China, the tsukemono of Japan, the achar of India and some asian countries, and the pickles of other regions.

Koreans serve kimchi at almost every meal, and few Koreans can last more than a few days before cravings get the better of them. Despite a reputation for being spicy, most people usually develop a taste for it

Kimchi can be kept for weeks in the refrigerator, and still tastes fresh. Even actually the best tasting kimchi is stored in room temperature for an average of six months to reach its full flavour. The garlic and vinegar are natural preservatives that keep the raw vegetables and fruits tasting great.

Kimchi has many health benefits from the nutritions . Kimchi even known as one of the world's five Healthiest foods , with the facts that it's rich in vitamins, aids digestion, and may even prevent cancer. The health properties of kimchi are due to a variety of factors. It's usually made with cabbage / vegetables, scallions, onions, and garlic, all well-known the health benefits can helps to eliminate cholesterol and promotes intestinal health.

Kimchi also has active and beneficial bacterial cultures, like yogurt.
Kimchi also contains liberal quantities of hot pepper, which has been suggested to have health benefits as well. Some people even says Kimchi is the secret of Long Life .

Kimchi is a popular side dish but it's also often used as a base ingredient in other popular Korean food recipe , such as kimchi chigae ( kimchi soup ) and kimchi bokum bop ( kimchi fried rice )

See link " Kimchi Recipe " to have this healthy korean food recipe

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Fish Tacos

Tacos an original Mexican Food is a delicious aromatic food for whole family and guests . Always interesting serving this food recipes in any occasions . Fish is a healthy food ingredients in any type of dishes and surely testeful . Combine with the aromatic herbs this tacos becomes more full taste dish .

Ingredients :

1/2 red onion, thinly sliced

About 1 1/2 cups red wine vinegar

1/4 cup olive oil

1 1/2 teaspoons ancho chile powder

1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/4 cup lightly packed fresh cilantro leaves, chopped, plus more for garnish

1 jalapeño, stemmed and chopped

1 pound flaky white fish (such as mahi mahi or cod), cut into 4 pieces

Salt, to taste

8 fresh corn tortillas

Mexican crema, homemade or store-bought

Fresh Tomato Salsa

2 limes, cut into quarters

Cooking Direction :

Marinate the Onion

Put the onion in a small bowl and pour in enough red wine vinegar to cover well.
Set aside for at least 30 minutes or up to several weeks.

Marinate the Fish

Pour the olive oil into a small bowl
Add the ancho chile powder, oregano, cumin, chopped cilantro, and jalapeño. Mix well.
Put the fish on a dish and pour the marinade over it, making sure to coat the fish well on both sides.
Allow to marinate for 20 minutes.

Cook the Fish

Heat a nonstick sauté pan over medium-high heat.
Remove the fish from the marinade and place in the hot pan (there is no need to add more oil).
Season the fish with salt.
Cook the fish for 4 minutes undisturbed, then turn over, and cook for another 2 minutes.
Remove the pan from the heat and flake the fish into the pan with a fork, making sure to mix in all the marinade that has stuck to the bottom of the pan.
Check for seasoning and add more salt if necessary. Set aside.

Heat the Tortillas

Place four of the tortillas on a plate and sandwich them between two slightly dampened sheets of paper towel.
Microwave on high for 45 seconds.
Place the warm tortillas in a towel-lined basket or plate and cover.
Repeat with the remaining tortillas.

Assemble and Serve

To assemble the tacos, place a heaping spoonful of the marinated flaked fish onto the center of a tortilla.
Top with the marinated onions.
Garnish with lime wedges and cilantro sprigs.