K-popped! Kitchen: Tuna Kimbap

Chamchi Kimbap (Tuna R0lls)

This is my first time making
Kimbap or any kind of sushi roll for that matter. It turned out okay – at least some sort of roll resembling a Kimbap produced itself as the end result (phew!)

I wasn’t very satisfied with the rice though, it was too mushy. All i did was follow the instructions on the packet of rice. Well, will use less water next time.

Okay, here’s how i made it. The ingredients below makes four rolls.


  • Seaweed sheets (they also call it Nori lavers)
  • 1 1/2 cups steamed short grained rice
  • Tuna flakes in water (1 small can)
  • 1 Carrot
  • Alfalfa sprouts (you can use any other vege)
  • 2 eggs
  • Mayonnaise
  • Mustard or wasabi (optional, for that extra kick)

Left: A packet of short grained rice
Right: A pack of 10 seaweed sheets

Seasoning :
Mix everything in a bowl

  • 1 tablespoon sesame seed oil
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar (or rice vinegar)
  • 1 tablespoon honey (or sugar)
  • 4 pinches of salt (or to taste)

Preparation :

  • Make egg rolls by beating one egg, and frying it in a pan with a little oil. Roll the egg when it’s about 70% cooked. Repeat with the next egg. Cut each egg roll into two.
  • Cut carrot into 8 thin slices. Fry the slices in a pan with a little oil (you can keep the carrot slices raw too).
  • Mix 3/4 of the seasoning into the cooled steamed rice.

Assemble :

  • Place one seaweed sheet on the bamboo mat. Ensure that the shinny top part faces down.
  • Quickly spread rice onto the sheet, leaving 10% of the top part empty. (Keep a bowl of cold water handy to clean hands after spreading the sticky rice)
  • Lay your ingredients i.e. carrot slice (2), egg roll slice, tuna, alfalfa sprouts and mayonnaise onto the rice.
  • With the help of the bamboo mat, roll the Kimbap. Make sure you press firmly to pack it all in.
  • Brush some of the remaining seasoning on top of the Kimbap (optional).
  • Use a sharp knife to cut the Kimbap into slices. Wipe the knife if it gets sticky and continue.

Orchid’s messy Kimbap before it’s rolled up
You can buy the bamboo mat at Jaya Jusco supermarket.
It only cost MYR4.50.

Serve :

  • Serve on a plate. Eat dipped in soy sauce.

Do these look like Kimbap to you?

Have you made Kimbap before? What’s your favourite ingredient to put in the Kimbap?

PS: If you are a pro at making Kimbap, do you have any tips on rolling it? Is there a special technique? How to make it nice and hard and professional like. Mine turned out a bit soft.

More K-popped! Kitchen:
Rooster makes Kimchi Jjigae

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2007 Golden Disk Award

Stars came out to play at the 22nd Golden Disk Award on Dec 14.

The award ceremony, which was jointly organised by Daily Sport Newspaper and Music Industry Association of Korea, was held at the Olympic Park, Olympic Hall.

Check out the red carpet arrivals.

The Ladies

Some of the Wonder Girls jazz up their outfits with a dash of bold red.
Getting into the Christmas spirit, I see.

Oh my, Yangpa looks like she’s drowning in that
fur coat. Where are the PETA guys when you need ‘em?

The SeeYa girls. Can someone please tell the girl
in the centre that the top half of her dress looks
like a (really bad) bust enhancer?
It’s so unflattering.

Yoonha’s fur coat looks better than Yangpa’s.

Girls’ Generation a.k.a Sonyeoshidae stayed with classic black &
white ensembles.

Va-va-voom! Jeon Hye-bin rocks the red carpet
in this minidress.

OK, who let the Wedding Cake out? Fashion
faux pas, Song Ji-hyo!

Over the Rainbow actress Seo Ji-hye relives
her dream of becoming a ballerina in this
tutu-like ensemble. The dress isn’t any help in
the chest department either.

Beauty Queens add a touch of glamour to the night!
Honey Lee (left) and Lee Ji-seon.

The Gentlemen:

Wheesung dons a glove-and-hat costume to look
smooth. Umm, I hate to break the news to you,
but Halloween was in October.

It’s just another day on the job for Epik High.
Come on, guys, give the photogs a smile.

T.O.P. (second from left) and G-Dragon (second from right) does a
switch-a-roo to confuse the Big Bang fans. The others play along.

F.T. Island wants to join Girls’ Generation, so they dress up in classic
black & white as well.

Tired of bad press, Super Junior tells everyone to ‘talk to the hand’.

Source & Pics credit: Hankooki

Ivy just can’t hold back her tears

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Kwon Sang-woo is the perfect boyfriend…

Ladies, how difficult is it to get your boyfriend or husbands to go shopping with you? Oh our very dapper lead actor in “Bad Love” is seen here, being a very obedient boyfriend. He goes shopping with his girlfriend.

If you ever imagined how shopping with Kwon Sang-woo would be like…check out these pics.

He holds your hand and carries your shopping bags for you…

He patiently sits around -
trying not to look bored, and
waits for you while you try on outfits

He gives his opinion – he likes this one

Err…nah, it’s shapeless and so not sexy

Clapping to show his approval on this green shiny number
(Okay, clapping is too corny for me)

He treasures time spent with girlfriend and
records the shopping outing on his
video cam. Awwww…how sweet.

Okay, those were drama stills from “Bad Love”.

Pics credit: MyDaily

Bad Love opens to mixed ratings
Kwon Sang-woo caught in a passionate kiss

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Glow in the dark cat

South Korean scientists have developed cats that glow in the dark!

Oh… so wrong…

The scientists cloned Turkish Angora cats and have manipulated a fluorescent protein gene in the procedure developing a cat that glows a dull red when exposed to ultraviolet beams. It is said that this study could help develop treatments for genetic diseases in both humans and animals.

Hmm… glow in the dark… human stem cell research… hapless kittens…

Oh, all this science talk is making my head spin. I’m still stuck on the ethical part of the experiment!

Further reading
Yahoo! News
The Korea Times

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Big Bang in Thailand to promote Always

Korean stars have a thing for Thailand, don’t they? Many have visited the country for the usual promotional rounds, and I can’t help but feel a little left out here in Malaysia. But we can’t blame them, really. The Hallyu fever in Thailand is waaaay higher than Malaysia.

Big Bang at Central World Plaza, Bangkok on Dec 2

With that said, the latest Korean star(s) to visit our northern neighbour is Big Bang. The group was there from Nov 30 to Dec 4 to promote their mini-album Always.

Autograph session

Among other things, the boys appeared on radio shows and held a meet-the-fans session at Central World Plaza.

Sawadikap, Bangkok!

G-Dragon flashes his Calvin Kleins and
abs…fan girls all scream in ecstasy

Source: b-fieze @ Soompi
Pics credit: Pingbook.com

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Cha Seung-won and Sohn Ye-jin are Fashion Icons

Congratulations to Cha Seung-won and Sohn Ye-jin.
Both giving their acceptance speech and looking
very deserving of their accolades.

Actor Cha Seung-won and actress Sohn Ye-jin were named
Fashion Icons at the Korea Fashion & Design Awards 2007 ceremony. The event was held at the Grand Hyatt Seoul on Dec. 12. Actress Kim Hee-ae, was winner of the Best Dresser Award.

Winners of the 2007 Korea Fashion and Design Award pose for the camera.
From right are actor Cha Seung-won and actress Sohn Ye-jin,
Namgung Won, actor and chairman of the award, and actress
Kim Hee-ae, winner of the Best Dresser Award.

Pics credit & source: Yonhap News

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Comedian pens English study book

Funnyman Kim Young-cheol has become an English language evangelist by publishing an English study book based on his own experiences while learning the language. (Hmm, the cover of the book looks very Korean, no?).

Kim has studied English very diligently by taking early morning classes and has reached an advanced level. He is even said to be qualified to teach a basic course of the language at universities.

His success story of being able to grasp the language without studying abroad is an encouragement to fellow Koreans.

Kim said: “The book is based on my own experience of the typical symptoms of fear and frustration when learning English. But I overcame it with audacity (surely you mean perseverance, Mr. Kim?).

“Mistakes are an entitled right whenever people learn English as a second language. You confidently speak English only as much as you know, (Amen!)” he added.

His hope is that students struggling with the language will find it useful, especially those who are still unable to speak a word of English after years of study, as well as those who rarely complete the English course they sign up for.

All the best, Mr. Kim! I hope your book will be of benefit to many.

Source & Pic credit: KBS Global

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The Korean Hwatu

Hwatu (Hwa-tu) is the Korean version of the Japanese playing card game Hanafuda. The cards were brought into Korea in the early 1900, but both the deck and game have now become a part of the Korean tradition. The name Hwatu is translated into English as “flower cards”.

A deck of Japanese Hanafuda cards

The Hwatu deck has 48 cards, divided into 12 suits each named for flowers or plants during a month of the year; each suit contains four cards, one for each season. The deck is also smaller in size than the normal Western deck. Older traditional versions of the deck is made of thick cardboard, thus making the small sized deck thicker.

The game played with these cards is often referred to as Godori or Go-stop. I am sure you’ve heard of Go-stop if you are a k-drama fan. I think eight out of 10 dramas have the card game featured in it! (don’t you agree?)

Two popular games that you can play with a Hwatu deck are Go-stop and Sotda. Both games can be used to gamble, the latter, i learned from watching the movie “Tazza: The High Rollers”.

The Korean deck has 48 suit cards plus 6 extra cards.

A deck of Korean Hwatu cards

The Suit Cards: There are 12 suits, each with four cards, and each suit represents a flower or plant and a month of the year.

January – PINE (Sol)
February – PLUM BLOSSOM (MaeJo)
March – CHERRY BLOSSOM (Sakura)
April – WISTERIA (HukSaRi)
May – IRIS (NanCho)
June – PEONY (MokDan)
July – BUSH CLOVER (HungSaRi)
August – MOON (PalGong)
September – CHRYSANTHEMUM (GukHwa)
October – MAPLE (Pung)
November – PAULOWNIA (Dung)
December – RAIN (Bi)

Do you know how to play Go-stop? Do you own a deck of Hwatu cards? I read somewhere that if you fly Korean Air, you can find the hwatu on board.

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China dislikes South Korea?

Say it isn’t so, people! Apparently, the world’s next superpower, China, doesn’t fancy South Korea. (Do they love North Korea to bits, then?)

Of all the neighbouring countries, the Chinese people’s least favourite nation is South Korea. And this from a survey conducted by the International Herald Leader, a newspaper published by China’s official Xinhua News Agency.

The results, which was released on Dec 10, showed that out of the 12,000 Chinese people polled, 40.1% said they dislike South Korea the most. Japan came in second (30.2%) as the Chinese’s least favourite country.

Meanwhile, the Chinese’s most-liked neighbour was Pakistan (13.2%), followed by Russia and Japan.

Moving on. What do the South Koreans think of China? They have more love for the nation than China has love for them. In a survey conducted by market researcher Millward Brown, 1,000 Koreans were surveyed on their favourite neighbouring country.

Naturally, U.S. ranked the first at 60.8% (the U.S. and South Korea were allies during the Korean War), while China ranked second at 44.0%. Russia came in third (41.4%), followed by Japan (35.6%).

Source: Digital Chosunilbo
Pic credit: Geology.com

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JYP and Kim Hye-soo in "That house you live in"

JYP gets together with sexy Kim Hye-soo (Part II)

JYP and Kim Hye-soo getting jiggy with it

Here’s a sneak peak of Park Jin-young‘s up and coming music video featuring the very sexy Kim Hye-soo.

The MV in question is JYP‘s “That house you live in” (니가사는 그집). In the video, Kim Hye-soo plays JYP’s ex-lover (whom he used to love passionately – it says in the Korean article). Now, how did JYP get her to play the part?

According to JYP Entertainment, it was not easy searching for a heroine for the MV. But they found Kim Hye-soo to be very suitable. Hmm…i’ll bet!

Here i leave you with more stills of the music video.

JYP can only stare in longing at ex-lover Kim Hye-soo

Source: Newsen

Also check out:
JYP’s “That house you live in”MV
JYP gets together with sexy Kim Hye-soo

Hit me with more JYP!

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