I'm taking the week off and thus can shop during the
day, when the buses are running, I went to the Buford
Highway Farmer's Market, which I've passed umpteen times
while going to and from work but never gone inside.
I could spend long paragraphs describing it, but I'll
just sum up by saying it's part pan-Asian and part Mexican,
and the hour between buses was nowhere near too much
time for me to explore that huge place. Oh, and I got
a new bento box, as you can see. 800 ml, it has a lock-down
lid, and it's dishwasher and microwave safe - not bad
for $8, eh?
Anyway! Most of today's lunch comes from the aforementioned
market. It starts with jjol myeon, which is Korean spicy chewy noodles.
As the directions on the package were in Korean, I Googled
around, got some basic directions, and set to work.
Basically, I quickly stir-fried some carrot slivers,
button mushrooms, and cabbage, then dumped them onto
the drained-and-rinsed noodles before serving. The noodles
came with a few packets of spicy sauce, and I don't
do spicy, but I wanted to try it in its proper form,
so I squeezed out a little onto a sample of noodles,
and - OW! HOTHOTHOT! Tongue burning! I thinned
out the overspiced bit by mixing in more noodles and
brought it down to a level I could enjoy. I think I
ended up using the spicy sauce at about 3% of its intended
concentration. I haven't posted a recipe entry yet,
as I want to get a little more information on jjol myeon
before telling others how to make it.
Above that there's stir-fried
yellow squash and edamame,
which are nice calm things to eat in between the doses
of what-I-consider-to-be-spicy-food. On the side are
blood orange segments and hoddeuk, the latter of which
is Korean stuffed hotcake. While wandering dazedly through
the market I saw a little stall with a woman making
these super-thick hotcakes. Hmm? There was a plate of
samples. I tried one... and another, just to be sure...
and then walked out with the next batch she wrapped
up. The label said "ho tuk," which according
to Google doesn't exist, but I did find a recipe for
"hoddeok" which matched this, and which will
grace my recipe page as soon as I try it out in my own