The food of the hermits in fairyland


I have been reading the book (The food of Korea) and apparently the title of this post is the english translation of Shinseolo, a royal delicacy in Korea. I’m not gonna lie, it made me giggle.

Unfortunately I won’t be cooking up fairy hermit food, as I don’t have the required implements- the recipe calls for a special hot-pot with a chimney. I will however, be tackling a number of the recipes in the book, such as:

  • Songi Sanjeok (Skewered Pine Mushrooms)
  • Milssam (Traditional Pancake Rolls) with mustard lemon sauce
  • Hobakjuk (Pumpkin Porridge)
  • Namul (side dishes of vegetables)
  • Kimchi (Fermented Cabbage)
  • Doenjang Jjigae (Vegetables and Beancurd Simmered in Bean Paste)
  • Bulgogi (Barbecued Seasoned Beef)
  • Kalguksu (Noodle Soup with Vegetables)
  • Dolsot Bibimbap (Pot Rice with fried beef and vegetables)
  • Yeonci (Persimmon Sherbet)
  • Sujeonggwa (Persimmon Tea)
  • Insam-Cha (Ginseng Tea)

Of course the plan is that I will be substituting tofu, seitan, and tempeh for any beef, chicken or eggs in each dish.

I have taken a trip to my local ‘asian’ grocery store, and have brought home a veritable bounty! Nashi pears, dried jujubes, ginseng root, chinese cabbage, rice noodles, assorted mushrooms (although not pine ones, couldn’t find them), mock abalone, beef-flavoured seitan, and lots of spring onions. Yum! can’t wait to start.


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