August 25, 2009

Jajangmyun with an Italian twist

Most readers would know by now that we at HelloHallyu, love our Korean food as much as the dramas. Over the years, we have experimented, with some measure of success, in whipping up Korean dishes at home. I guess growing up in families which prepares Chinese food helps a lot since Korean cuisine, being an Asian cuisine, shares certain commonalities in preparation methods and ingredients.

Putting on our aprons again after our adventure in preparing kimchi chigae some months back, we felt a tinge of excitement of the challenge in preparing the almost 'venerable' jajangmyun which is more or less customarily consumed, or should I say "slurped" up, by stars in most Korean dramas.

Shine Korea Supermarket

Our 'journey' on preparing this dish started with the discovery of another Korean supermarket off the beaten track along Bencoolen street. The Shine Korea Supermarket (located at 175, Bencoolen Street, #01-10/11, Burlington Square) is well stocked with all manner of spices, condiments, and foodstuff that would make any Korean happy. It is so well stocked that I wondered why we even bothered lugging loads of Korean goodies back to Singapore from our recent trip there. Our only consolation is that the big bottle of Jinro soju that we bought for US$7 would probably cost 3 times that amount back in Singapore. :)

In the supermarket, we bought ourselves a pack of seaweed snacks, which is absolutely yummy, we also bought a box of Maxim cafe mocha sachets and a box of the black bean sauce/paste, which is the key ingredient for preparing the jajangmyun.

As our fridge are mostly well stocked with fresh greens, we are all ready to cook up a storm! Read on for the ingredients as well as the preparation method. The italian twist comes in the form of using angel hair as the noodles. And trust me, it still tastes great! :)


Jajangmyun (serves around 4

1 onion
1 medium sized potato
1/2 a
1/2 a carrot

200-300gm of minced pork or beef
10 small fresh shitake mushrooms (can also use
the dried ones for more flavour)
Black bean paste - 2 tbsp (add another is
the taste is too bland)
Olive oil - 2 tbsp
Rice wine - 1 tbsp
2 cups
of water
Starch water (Mix of starch 2 tbsp +water 2 tbsp)

Noodles/Angel Hair (a type of spaghetti)

Rinse the pork
in cold water.
Add the pork marinating sauce onto the pork. Mix them well.
Cut the onion, potato, zucchini and carrot into small cubes.
Cut the
cabbage into medium sized pieces.

1. Heat up the
2. Add some vegetable or olive oil and stir fry the onions, carrots,
mushrooms, zucchini and potato.

3. Add the minced meat and stir fry.
Add the black bean sauce, ensure all the ingredients are properly mixed with the
5. Add the starch water into the wok to thicken the

6. In a separate pot, cook the noodles.
7. Rinse the noodles in cold water.
8. Put the
noodles into a bowl or large plate.
9. Add the jajang sauce on top of the
10. Mix the sauce and the noodles well.

11. Enjoy!


August 5, 2009

On-screen lovers Hyun Bin and Song Hye Gyo get serious

Hyun Bin & Song Hye Gyo

I am pleasantly surprised to find out that Hyun Bin and Song Hye Gyo has become the latest celebrity couple in Korea. Being the first male and female drama artistes that arouse my interest in Korean drama, through their performances in My Lovely Samoon and Autumn in My Heart, I am happy that my idols found love through the filming of KBS' The World They Live In.

Since part of the filming was carried out in Singapore, perhaps their seeds of love were sown here. This sure feels like something taken out from the very dramas we love. Way to go guys!

August 2, 2009

Shin Min Ah clowns around in new photoshoot

Shin Min Ah sheds her sexy image (see her Jinro posters) in her latest photoshoot. Instead of figure hugging outfits, Shin showcases childlike innoncence in oversized attire, glasses and large tie. Hope she's having fun clowning around in this shoot. Personally, I prefer her in the Jinro posters...

Shin Min Ah

Shin Min Ah

Shin Min Ah

Shin Min Ah

August 1, 2009

STYLE's Mud-fight!

Both Kim Hye Soo and Ryu Si Won reveal their total commitment to the filming of the SBS drama STYLE by getting themselves all muddy from the head to toe for one of the scenes. But looking at their happy expressions, we are sure they totally enjoyed their time flinging mud at each other. Pity that Lee Ji Ah is not included in this scene.

STYLE - Kim Hye Soo

STYLE - Ryu Si Won

STYLE - Ryu Si Won & Kim Hye Soo