I’ve really been devouring a lot of sweets recently – especially with the amount of baking that has been going on over labor day weekend (woohoo!) and the fact that our local ice cream shop that is just about a 2 minute walk away closes for the season after after Labor Day – meaning we were hitting up the shop a few times.
So as a result of my recent sugar high, I woke up in the morning with a need of something spicy! This tends to happen to me when I eat too much sweets or too much American creamy food. Mornings like this is also when I really miss my mom and miraculously having whatever I want on the table with her speedy mom skills.
While looking for some inspirations online, I noticed one of Baek Jong Won’s recipes. Although he’s super popular in Korea, I’m not normally a huge fan of his because he often seems to over-simplify and over-season a lot of his food. Sugar and salt galore – good for the taste buds but really not good for everyday home cooking! But in my search, I found Spicy Red Pepper Paste Potato Stew. I’ve never actually heard of or had this before but looking at the ingredient list and my fridge – it looks perfect!
To my surprise, the stew turned out pretty delicious. As expected though, the stew was a bit too salty for me (too much fish sauce) and I would make additionals tweaks to this as needed the next time. But, Justin really annoyed it – extra salty and spicy. Unusual for a Korean stew, it doesn’t contain any tofu but with the amount of meat and vegetables in the stew, it is not missed at all. The potatoes are also particularly delicious as it soaks in the spicy flavor into the softly cooked potato pieces. The original recipe calls for mushrooms which I think will be excellent but I used what I had on hand and the addition of bean sprouts added a very refreshing touch to the soup base. Cooking is an art – use what you have and create another mastery!
This will be making another entrance to our dinner table in the future – especially when we’re low on tofu at home and I’m feeling a need to make life (and dinner) as simple as possible!