Monday, December 28, 2009

Korean Potato Noodles with Beef & Mushroom Broth - My Simple Christmas Dinner

This was my Christmas dinner.

If you were expecting some gorgeously golden turkey, tender and juicy steak, super-creative-fancy side dishes, and beautifully crafted desserts, hmm...there was none :P

All the shopping, photo hunting, cleaning & decorating totally consumed me.
That's my official statement.
The reality? I was (again) too lazy to plan anything, and spent most of the day with my ass planted in front of my computer watching my favorite drama series :D

I found this pack of fresh Korean Potato Noodles at City Super (HK$36), and it's a gem!

Update: a HK twitterer who's familiar with Korean food informed me that there is actually very little potato element in this noodle. Interestingly, it is marketed as "potato noodles", probably to attract spud lovers like me. Potato or no potato, give it a try and see if you like it :)

What did I do with it?

Made a simple broth of fresh shitake, straw mushrooms, Chinese cabbage, beef and chicken stock. Meat, vegetables and carb all in one pot. My kind of lazy meal.

Beef & Mushroom Broth
- 1 small clove of garlic, crushed
- 1 cup of beef (HK$20)
- 1 cup of fresh shitake, sliced
- 1 cup of straw mushrooms, sliced
- chicken/beef/vegetable stock
- half a head of large Chinese cabbage, sliced
- olive oil, salt, pepper, sugar

In a medium sized sauce pan/pot, Saute garlic in a bit of hot olive oil, add sliced mushrooms. Hello, kitchen, you smell good! Add stock, bring to boil, add cabbage, cook until it reaches the desired softness, adjust seasoning if necessary, add beef.

While the cabbage was cooking (before dumping beef into broth), prepare a pot of boiling water, cook noodles according to instructions, drain, divide by portion per person, and place in a bowl.

Pour broth over noodles and enjoy is subtle deliciousness.
Perfect for post-holiday-season recovery :D

I don't do "subtle" very often.
So enjoy it while it lasts :)


frometomi said...

Sounds awesome. Simple dishes are awesome around the pressures of the holidays. :) Happy New Year!

Cooking-Gallery said...

Sometimes something simple could be even better than the fancy ones - I think a bowl of warm noodle soup is never a bad choice for a cold winter day (even though it's maybe not too cold in Hong Kong??)

Little Corner of Mine said...

I had Korean potato noodle on Christmas day too, it was served with hotpot. I like that noodle and your subtle noodle meal.

Have a great new year ahead!

Jason said...

simple yet delicious! :D

Ravenous Couple said...

it's good to have something like this to detox! :)

meeso said...

Oooooh, that looks delicious!

noobcook said...

sounds like a great meal anytime of the year :) Happy Holidays and Happy 2010!

EatTravelEat said...

You like Korean these days don't you. I'd think I would make a simple dinner any day of the week. Just so much more comforting and yummy.

pigpigscorner said...

Simple and comforting! My christmas dinner was just baked eggs with anchovy soldiers cause my hubs was at work. Happy new year!

mycookinghut said...

This dish looks super delicious to me!