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Korean Food - Sous Chef

Exploring Korean Food with Sous Chef

I was recently offered the opportunity to review a Korean Food Pack put together by Sous Chef, an online cooking shop with a wide variety of food and cookery equipment for food lovers. It is a place for cooks and chefs at any level to buy ingredients, equipment, tableware and gifts inspired by leading restaurants from around the world and international food. In my Korean food pack I received white sesame seeds, sesame oil, vermicilli noodles, Kimchi and a beautiful crafted plate.

Korean food recipe kit/food pack  - sous chef

One of the first things I couldn’t wait to sample was the kimchi which I opened pretty much straight away and ate some as a snack – which I know isn’t customary but I could not resist, I absolutely love it. Kimchi is a spicy and pungent condiment made from fermented cabbage and radises and seasoned with garlic, ginger and chillies. It is Korea’s national dish and can be made at home but obviously receiving it ready made saves a lot of time. It is sharp and is most commonly eating alongside main meals but I just enjoy the sharp, rich taste so much that I eat it as a snack like a salad.

Kimchi - Korean Food - Sous Chef

I found a really easy to follow recipe of Japchae (stir-fry Korean glass noodles) and made this dish for the first time using the vermicelli noodles in the food pack sent. For my first attempt they came out really well and tasted absolutely delicious – perfectly chewy without being mushy or flavourless. What I particularly liked was the fact that because I used these authentic ingredients the dish itself really did taste special, like something I would expect to be served in a take-away or restaurant.

Japchae (stir-fry Korean glass noodles)

*I received this pack as a gift to review – no financial payment was received for this review.

Wild and game pates

The Pleasure of Pate with Wild and Game

I recently had the pleasure of sampling some more products from Wild and Game, this time from their new range of pâtés. I was sent their grouse, brandy and herb pâté, and pheasant, pistachio and port pâté to taste and review and I was extremely impressed. I absolutely love pâté and honestly wish I made it at home more often.

Wild and game pates

Wild and game pates

I mean I don’t have much of an excuse but I suppose once you have tried really well made pâté in a restaurant the urge to recreate isn’t quite there. This brings me onto the taste and quality of Wild and Game pâtés; they were restaurant quality for at home dining. I was blown away by the depth of flavour and texture of the pâtés which were made with such unusual ingredients. This is so much more than your standard chicken liver pâté and you can taste the difference immediately. Moreish is an understatement, I actually had some for breakfast! I loved both of these but I think the grouse just pipped the pheasant to the post in terms of flavour but honestly you will enjoy them both!

Wild and game pates

Wild and game pates

Both products are available now via wholesale or retail from the company’s website.

Here’s what Wild and Game co-founder Steven Frampton had to say about the range: “We’ve been working with our development chefs to perfect these recipes for some time. Our mission is to make game popular on British dinner tables all year round. It’s low-fat and readily available, so it deserves to be used more widely.  At Wild and Game we have a focus on traditional dishes that people already love, so pâté seemed a perfect addition to our range. We are delighted with the products our chefs have created. Game has been used for pâté for many years but they have created something truly unique here, and the gamey flavours of both pheasant and grouse are absolutely perfect for pâté.” I can certainly agree that they have created something truly unique here!  Go and treat yourself, you will not regret it!