Winter is ALMOST gone, almost!!! I am so happy to say it, because I can’t wait to welcome the warm Spring.
Although we are still physically in Winter season, but here at our home we’ve already started to invite friends over for weekend gatherings. It is still too cold for a brunch outdoor on the terrace, but we’ve hosted two brunches at our place with friends, overlooking Florence under the soft and warm sunshine.
Today I would like to share two Asian dishes that I’ve made in the past gatherings, which were liked fondly by our Italian friends. They are perfect for parties/ big gatherings, as you can prepare them in advance, and leave in the warm oven before serving.
This is a Korean dish, which has the Korean glass noodles, vegetables and meat. I serve this dish almost every time when we host party, as it can be prepared much in advance so I can save time for making other ones. And more important is that this Japchae can be served as a side dish, or first course, as well a main dish.
- Korean glass noodles
- Sliced beef
- …or any vegetable you prefer
- Chopped garlic
- Sesame oil
- Soy sauce
- Sugar/ Honey
- Grounded black pepper
- White sesames
- Cut the beef into stripes, then season it with chopped garlic, sesame oil, soy sauce, mirin and sugar (or honey).
- Boil water in a pot, then put in the Korean glass noodles. Cook it according to the package instruction.<br
e: While the noodles are under cooking, we can prepare other ingredients
- Cut all the vegetables into stripes.
- In a hot pan, pour in some sesame oil. When the oil is hot, pour in egg (well stirred) and make the egg crepe. Cut it into stripes after it cools down.
- Use the sesame oil to stir fry all the vegetables separately. Put them aside for later use.
- Put the marinated beef together with the seasoning sauce into the pan to stir fry the beef.
- When the noodles are cooked, take them out from the water and put it in a big deep bowl. Add in sesame oil, soy sauce, sugar (optional), grounded black pepper, and white sesame into the cooked glass noodles, and mix everything.
- Add in the vegetables into the noodles, and mix well.
- Last add in the egg stripes.
🥗Saute Green Beans
Green bean has been my favorite vegetable for winter. They are easy to cook, and can be prepared in many ways: stir fry, stew, etc. This saute green bean is a typical Chinese home dish, and it plays a good role as a healthy side dish on a gathering lunch/ dinner table.
- Green beans (cut to stripes)
- Chopped red chili
- Prepare some minced garlic using a garlic presser (or simply chop some). Saute the minced garlic in a pan.
- When the garlic turns to golden color, add in the striped green beans.
- Stir fry for 30 seconds, then add in some soy sauce, and a little bit water. Put the lid on and let it cook for 2 minutes.
- Take off the lid, and flip the green beans inside the pan.
- When the water is almost gone, season with some salt, then take it out.
- Garnish with some chopped red chili on top while serving.