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Food & How To: Ox Bone Hangover Soup (Korean)

For those having a tough time shaking off a hangover, wouldn’t it be nice if there was some kinda miracle juice? No kidding. Hey, some may be surprised but there are those who try to get rid of their hangover by taking paracetamol. Seriously. And the one who does it says, “Yeah, it’s pretty effective actually.”

No. No. Don’t try it. Some drinks coffee though. Hmm…

Then again, one key to recovering from hangover is hydration. Since, getting intoxicated was through liquid, ‘fighting’ it would be through liquid as well. So, drink, drink, drink! Oh, not again! Water? Juice? Yes. But more so, our feature for today. Ox Bone Hangover Soup.

Well, well.. As a hangover soup, the most obvious disadvantage (if we may call it such) of making ‘ox bone soup’ would be ‘time’. For starters, you need to boil it for around 3 hours — plus the cooking process itself. So this is like, you already gotta think of preparing the soup once you hear that your partner or whoever you are with goes out to drink. That means, you have to wake up a little earlier than usual to make the Ox Bone Hangover Soup (Ppyeo-haejangguk: 뼈해장국) for your ‘patient’ to have it upon getting up in the morning.

Another ‘disadvantage’ would be the price of the ox bone. It’s pretty expensive to be a ‘regular’ home meal. T’is why Maangchi also said that others might even think you’re rich, or there’s an occasion if they learn that you’re having the ‘hangover soup’. 0918-bonebroth-strain-590x332

However, the ‘benefits’ of course, aside from relieving one’s hangover would be its taste. Haha! Delicious, yeah! Even just from the looks of it — it’s like a mix of bulalo or balbacua and sopas. Wow!

Still, with the way Maangchi prepared the soup, she’s sort of ‘strict’ with measurements even if she says otherwise. Notice, just 6 cups of soup to be mixed with the vegetables? While the leftover, you could consume it ‘independently’. Yep, that’s the nice thing about it.

And that would make you forget the price of the ox bone! Enjoy!


Food Review: Ramen (Japanese)

Our 8th most delicious food in the world is another display of Japanese simplicity and craftsmanship, the Ramen.

Ramen which is basically about its noodles and soup actually comes in a variety of types; yet the 4 main types include: Shio (salt), Shoyu (soy sauce), Tonkotsu (pork bone), and Miso ramen..

..and in most any variety, one of its main ingredient is either chicken or beef. Oh, kinda remind me of the ordinary noodles that we have around.. but of course not, as did you know that ramen was voted as the greatest Japanese invention of the 20th century by the Japanese themselves?

Wow!  So, here are the basic ingredients of Shoyu Ramen… noodles, sesame oil, ginger, garlic, chicken soup stock, kombu dashi soup stock, salt, sugar, sake (Japanese rice wine), and soy sauce.

The Ingredients...

Cooking Basics

Saute ginger and garlic in the pan after heating sesame oil in it. In low heat, add both chicken soup and kombu dashi soup stocks and bring to boil. Then put the sake, sugar, salt, and soy sauce where you are to bring it to boil again. Now strain the soup and put it in bowls.

Done? Now boil water in a large pan then cook the Chukamen noodles in it. Afterwards, drain the noodles and divide them on the bowls of hot soup we prepared earlier.

Lastly, the toppings. Here you could place some chopped negi and nori seaweed then sprinkle some pepper if you like. Toppings are generally flexible.

Just remember, in all food preparation, what you read are just guides.. so, don’t be afraid to adjust spices, condiments, and ingredients and cook to suit your taste.

Food Review: Tom Yum Goong (Thai)

Just by the name of this dish, it already perks up curiosity.. Tom Yum Goong. Sounds like a slaughtered water buffalo made into a burger, eh?

Well, actually, it’s basically soup. This recipe from Thailand is in fact famous for its steamy soup and spicy-sour flavor which made it the fourth most delicious food in the world.

Now.. let’s get to know the basic ingredients.

Vegetable stock. Tom yum paste. Garlic. Lemongrass. Kaffir lime leaves. Fresh mushrooms. Fish sauce. Chili pepper. Coconut milk. Lime juice. Fresh cilantro. Shrimps.

The Ingredients…

Cooking Basics

Put the stock, Tom yum paste, garlic, lemongrass, Kaffir lime leaves, fresh mushrooms, fish sauce, chili pepper, and coconut milk into a pot – then bring to boil. Depending on your taste preferences, adjust
the ingredients like if it’s too spicy for you, just add more coconut milk, or if you want it to be more spicy then add more Tom yum paste.

After your taste test, add the shrimps and cook for about 4 minutes, or until the shrimps are done. Then add lime juice and stir.

Finally, you’re ready for a great meal, so sprinkle your soup with fresh cilantro leaves.. and get ready to sweat!

By the way,  the lemon grass and lime leaves are just for flavoring; so, you could remove them when serving the soup if you want to.