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.

Munch With Us - YouTube cooking tutorial - Elthorne Pride

Lockdown Inspires London Community YouTube Cooking Tutorials

A London based community Local Trust initiative, Elthorne Pride, launched a series of YouTube cooking tutorials during lockdown in 2020. Munch With Us is a new video series featuring cooking tutorials which aims to keep residents of the Elthorne Pride area, based in Islington – North London, active with a focus on food and nutrition. Elthorne Pride was established with support from the Local Trust Big Local, and consists of a partnership board, made of up of member representatives voted by residents and volunteers to deliver projects and activities based on feedback and demand from its residents.

Following the success of the Elthorne Pride food delivery project during the covid-19  lock-down, which was managed with the help of volunteers the Elthorne Pride Partnership Board wanted to offer more online activities for residents.

Many residents had asked about recipes that they could use which inspired Elthorne Pride to put together a series of YouTube tutorials. The series will feature easy to follow cooking ideas which not only include healthy eating but highlight creative and tasty food.

This is such a great idea and an inspiration for other community groups around London and the UK.

Here’s one of the YouTube cooking tutorials available on the Elthorne Pride YouTube channel with a recipe from Belinda at Marli’s Kitchen: Plantain and Black Bean stew

Marli’s Kitchen is a vegan food business on a mission to get carnivores to eat vegan food by creating vegan soul food! You don’t have to be a vegan to enjoy these recipes and the recipes created for Elthorne Pride are an affordable introduction to vegan cuisine.