A long time goal of mine mostly due to being in Korea is to master seafood, namely octopus, squid, and cuttlefish. I didn’t gather up courage or even think about what was happening when Wyll picked up octopus at the market today. He likes to push me into my goals. It was a good price and I was wanting to try a Tom Colicchio recipe for a calamari sandwich. I ended up with something probably really different but terribly delicious. This recipe was so good I felt obligated to share it right away. There were a few prep things I had to do like learn to clean and cut baby octopus. Luckily YouTube is full of wonderful people doing amazing things so I figured it out kinda quick. Basically you cut off the tentacles, push out the beak and cut into sections. Then slice the head so you can turn it inside out to pull off the brain sack then cut it off at the eyes. It took four before I felt really comfortable doing it. I ringed them off and set them in a colander to dry off a little. Then I went to work on the green peppers. I pan fried them whole with fish sauce and garlic. I mixed up some panko crumbs, corn starch, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and gochu powder. I mixed in all the octopus trying to get an even coat. I heated some oil in the wok and covered the bottom with octoparts! I let them cook to pop songs then put them on paper towels to dry. I didn’t really have much for Colicchio’s sandwich just an idea about how good it would be. I did have Saracha which I mixed with some lemon. Sorry, Tom, no mayonnaise. I sliced up tomato, very thin, diced onion, chopped up some curly parsley, and got out some radish sprouts for the sandwich. I assembled my sandwiches on some French bread, delicious.
It seems that in all my pages, the Japan trip never made it to print. In the first year that Wyll and I lived in Korea our first summer vacation was spent in Japan, enjoy the Hells of Fukuoka. Wylliam had a college friend that lived in the county so we visited him and he toured us around. We went to Nagasaki together and saw the A-Bomb museum which is not for the faint of heart. There is also a Dutch colony there for people to tour around. We did some amazing Karaoke which is still brought up when singing in public of listening to Weird Al.
The pictures don’t seem to have much rhyme or reason, much like the streets. Japan focuses on building names so we got lost a lot, even though I eventually figured it out.
The past few months in Korea have brought on winter in full force. The snowfall broke some personal records but might not have been too extraordinary. It has, however, given me a lot of cooking time in the house and some additional internet time. This week I’m messing around with the Kitchn’s chocolate pudding recipe. It does need heavy cream but an all milk version isn’t terrible, just a little soupy.