K-popped! Kitchen: Mu Saengchae

I’m always so delighted when I’m greeted with dozens of mini plates filled with delicious morsels of food at a Korean restaurant! It seems as if I’m getting all this food for free in addition to my order.

Banchan is a must at every Korean meal and it consists of:

  • Kimchi: spicy pickled vegetables such as the infamous white cabbage kimchi.
  • Namul: marinated steamed or stir-fried vegetables like stir-fried beansprouts.
  • Jorim: a simmered dish in a light broth such as simmered tofu in a light soy sauce.
  • Jjim: a steamed dish such as steamed egg.
  • Jeon: a panfried dish such as pajeon.
Banchan. Working as a dishwasher in a Korean restaurant must be tough.

With the many varieties of kimchi, namul, jorim, jjim and jeon, that’s well over dozens of banchan dishes to learn how to make!

Today I decided to try a kimchi banchan called Mu Saengchae which is a simple daikon radish kimchi. Very easy, and very delicious!

Step 1: Ingredients!

Yes, sometimes I play with my food.
The kitchen can be… a lonely place.
  • 1/2 a daikon radish (or white carrot), julienned
  • 1/2 a carrot, julienned (optional, just for colour)
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp + 1 tsp gochugaru (or you can use regular crushed pepper flakes which works okay but has a slightly different aroma)

Step 2: Slice, chop, and slice some more!

I learned how to slice my daikon this way from watching Shikgaek!

Cut daikon and carrots into matchsticks and mince your garlic.

Step 3: Mix!

In a plastic container or bowl with a lid, mix the daikon, carrots, garlic, salt, sugar and gochugaru until everything has been evenly coated. Cover the container and let your daikon sit in the fridge for a couple of hours or overnight. I left mine in the fridge overnight.

Step 4: Serve!

It’s so simple! I didn’t expect it to turn out so good, but it did. You can always adjust the seasonings to your liking. Try it!

More K-popped Kitchen!
Every Day Bibimbap
Su jeong gwa (Persimmon Tea)
Tuna Kimbap
Kimchi Jjigae

Banchan Pic Credit: Wikipedia

Yoon Eun-hye’s latest CF – Eye2o eye drops

Sleeping beauty: Yoon Eun-hye catches forty winks

Everywhere I surf, I see Yoon Eun-hye sleeping in her PJs. They are actually pictures from her latest Eye2o CF.

Uh-huh, the Coffee Prince darling has soulful, clear and expressive peepers thanks to the eye drops.

Hmm, Eye2o? Haven’t heard of it. Here in Malaysia, the popular brands are EyeMo and Optrex.

Sleepyhead: ‘Yawn, is it morning already? I was
dreaming of Gong Yoo oppa.”

Tick tock: ‘Man, I hate this alarm clock’

Smoke gets in her eyes: ‘Sigh this air pollution thingy is
making my eyes itch.’

Light gets in her eyes: ‘Ouch, the sun’s sure blazing hot today.
I wonder if I’d go blind looking directly at it?’

Eye2o saves the day: ‘I keep my peepers twinkly bright
and healthy with this!’

Source & Pics credit: Hankooki

Laotians welcome Paran with open arms

Korean quintet Paran held a showcase concert in Vientiane, Laos on April 5 and they were a hit with the Laotians!

Annyeonghaseyo Laos!: The Paran boys greet, meet and actually play their
music for their Laotian fans.

The Paran boys set a record by being the first male foreign group to attract a whopping 10,000 fans to a show. Sweet, no Korean vs. local organisers disagreement there. How nice.

The event, which was in celebration of mobile phone operator, Tigo’s first anniversary, will be televised on Lao Star TV.

It is also reported that Laotians love their Thai TV shows, but judging by the ardent show of love and support at Paran’s performance, the Korean Wave looks set to sweep Laotians off their feet.

Fans were frantically taking photos of the group, waving pics of the boys in the air, screaming their lungs out and blowing sweet kisses at Paran.

Do we have readers from Laos? Were you one of the lucky ones to see Paran live?

Source: The Korea Times & Vientiane Times
Pic credit: The Korea Times

Untold Scandal (2003)

Korean title: 스캔들 – 조선남녀상열지사 (Seu-kaen-deul – Jo-seon-nam-nyeo-sang-yeol-ji-sa)

Directed by: Lee Jae-yong

What’s popping:

Based on the French novel Les Liaisons dangereuses this is the Korean take on Dangerous Liasons.

The movie is set in 18-century Korea (Chosun dynasty). The story of deceit, sex and scheme is told admist beautiful scenery and lavish costumes in the form of exquisite silk hanboks and gwanboks. The high budget movie captures all the hypocrisy, double standards and fake morality of a degenerate society.

Top hallyu star Bae Yong-joon assumes the role of casanova and seducer extrodinaire, Lord Cho Won. I must say that i was surprised that Bae Yong-joon was convincing as the seducer Cho Won. Bae sans his trademark spectacles charmed the women with his expressive bedroom eyes, smooth speech and carefully crafted schemes. Lord Cho Won spends his time reading poetry and bedding women for his pleasure and after that, he paints erotic paintings of his sexual conquests.

”There is only room for one person in my heart”.
Lord Cho Won is in love…with himself.

Jeon Do-yeon
as always, is a pleasure to watch and plays the prim, repressed and very proper Lady Chung whom husband dies before their marriage night. Thus she remains the virgin widow who involves herself in helping the community and is secretly a practicing Catholic, which was illegal at that time.

Unlike the Hollywood version, this movie has less of the dark undertones, but is more sexually explicit.

“Shall I show you one of the many books I’ve illustrated?”
Lord Cho Won courts the very prim and
proper Lady Chung in the library.

The Plot:

The beautiful socialite and evil Lady Cho (Lee Mi-sook) challenges her cousin Lord Cho Won (Bae Yong-joon) to seduce and impregnate 16-year old So-oak (Lee Soh-yeon). Her plan? To take the pleasure away from her old husband, who has decided to take young virginal So-oak as his official concubine.

Lady Cho’s licentious cousin is more than happy to take up the offer but exclaims that such a simple task is hardly challenging for him. He feels, the virgin widow Lady Chung (Jeon Do-yeon) is a more suitable conquest. If Lord Cho Won fails, he will become a monk and practice celibacy for the rest of his life. But if he succeeds, the untimate prize will be bedding priviledges with his cousin, Lady Cho (errr yucks).

Nyeh..heh heh…hamsap Cho Won woo-ing the innocent So-oak

I don’t think we need to tell you that the devious Lord Cho Won manages to get his way with young So-oak almost too easily. But getting past the Gate of Chastity (Lady Chung) is another matter altogether. It is quite amusing to watch Lady Chung rejecting Cho Won’s arduous advances and their antics.

Watch it:

There are generous displays of nudity in this film and i think it is rated 18SX. After watching this flick, i won’t be able to look at the ajummafied Bae Young-joon the same again. ;-) Also, i don’t think the man would be too offended by the sex doll his fans sent him.

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Special thanks to one of our friends who loaned us the DVD.

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Won Bin to make comeback in Mother

Korean actor Won Bin is set to star in a new film directed by The Host helmer Boon Joon-ho! The 31-year-old thespian will be joined by veteran actress Kim Hye-ja, who is very much admired by the director.

Coming soon: Won Bin is set to star in the flick Mother

The film entitled Mother is about a mother who struggles to clear a false murder charge against her son. Filming begins this fall with a release date planned for early 2009 (Korea).

Mother will be a comeback flick for both leads. Kim has not appeared on the silver screen since 1999’s Mayonnaise.

Meanwhile, Won Bin has been missing in celluloid action since 2005’s My Brother. The actor enlisted in the army in Nov 2005 but was discharged in June 2006 because of a knee ligament injury that needed surgery. He has since been waiting for the right project to make his comeback into showbiz :-).

I bet many fans are excited to hear this news. Uh-huh. Won Bin’s baaack!

Source & Pic credit: The Korea Times

Humvee Transformer

I think this is a homemade robot made by a hardcore Transformers fan using a Bioloid kit (more on that below). Check this little dude out! He dances like Hallyu pop star!

Awesome! Can you make my car do that?

Have you always wanted a pet robot? Better yet, a pet robot programmed by you and you could make it create havoc in your mum’s herb garden? Apparently you can create your very own robotic friend using the Bioloid Robotics kit manufactured by South Korean company, Robotis.

Bits and pieces to make your own super robot

At USD$890, you can get the Bioloid “Edutainment” Robotics Comprehensive Kit which includes parts to build up to 26 combinations of creatures, a sensor module that allows sound detection and distance sensing, a DC Servo Module for “300 degress of free motion”, a CM-5 module for driving the “Dynamixel” and a CD of software for programming.

Ouch, I think I just fried my brain.

Here, go to these links to find out more if you’re interested. I’ll just… sit here for a moment.

Robotis Official Website
Robot: The latest in Hobby, Science and Consumer Robotics

Pic Credit: Robot: The latest in Hobby, Science and Consumer Robotics

Oprah’s plastic surgery comment sparks uproar in Korean-American community

Queen of daytime talk show Oprah Winfrey (pic) remarked that Korean women have “an obsession with plastic surgery” in a 2004 episode of her popular The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Her comment sparked an uproar in the Korean-American community at that time, and some Korean expat groups demanded a public apology from the talk show host.

The particular program dealt with women’s rising positions and female culture in various countries.

Mexico’s bold and stylish fashion was highlighted, along with the struggles of women in Ghana, Cuba’s passionate club scene as well as the relaxed and confident style of American women.

In the segment dedicated to Korea, Korean women were portrayed to have an inferiority complex with many turning to plastic surgery for more Western features. It also described Korea as a plastic surgery superpower.

A Korean student studying in the US said: “The Oprah Winfrey Show is a program with a lot of viewers worldwide, and for it to deal with Korea negatively like this is a big problem. Because of this, I worry if the nation’s image takes a big hit.”

Source: DigitalChosunilbo

Park Shi-yeon pics to chase your Monday blues away

So far, I’ve only watched Park Shi-yeon in the drama My Girl…and didn’t quite like her. I complained then that her face looks funny and called her “cheek implants” whenever she came onscreen.

After much K-popped! surfing later, I discovered that she’s one of those actresses who changes her nose and facial features like how most of us change our underwear – all the time.

The lady’s trying to achieve perfection through plastic. You like?

Pics credit: Reviewstar

Rain in Korea, Hong Kong and Japan for Speed Racer

With the upcoming release of the Wachowski Brothers’ Speed Racer, singer/actor Rain is set to promote the flick in Asia.

The Energizer Bunny will be promoting Speed Racer in Korea on April 20, and in Hong Kong on April 23.

Rain will be promoting Speed Racer in Asia…hey, why no
Malaysia on the list? Huh? Huh?

The 26-year-old will then fly to Los Angeles to attend the movie’s premiere with his Hollywood co-stars. After that, it’s a short stint in Japan in June.

Why is Rain not part of the Los Angeles press junket?

Well, a representative of Warner Brothers said: “Hollywood actors are promoting the movie on various talk shows (in the United States) but in Asia, no one is as popular as Rain so we are expecting a great response from his promotions of the film here.”

Speed Racer is slated for a May 8 release in Malaysia.

Source: KBS Global
Pics credit: Newsen

More on Speed Racer:
Rain is Taejo Togokhan in Speed Racer
‘Speed Racer’ week on Entertainment Tonight
Speed Racer in Malaysia cinemas on May 8
Speed Racer (2008)

Do you want the Fly to the Sky Remake Album?

Korean R&B duo Fly to the Sky (플라이 투 더 스카이) will be releasing a special remake album in conjunction with their 10th anniversary.

If you guys didn’t know, Fly to the Sky consist of Korean-American Brian Joo (27) and Hwanhee (26). The “remake album” is especially to reward their fans and it is a collection of cover versions of both Hwanhee and Brian’s favourite artists and songs. How sweet.

Hwanhee (left) and Brian would like to share
their favourite songs with you!

Fly to the Sky will be promoting this new remake album in Thailand, China and Vietnam.

Liz and i have been scouring the local music stores looking for Fly to the Sky albums, but we can’t find any. So we know how difficult it is to get Korean albums here in Malaysia.

Fly to the Sky’s official fan club are trying to get the remake album into our shores. Now wouldn’t that be neat! If you are a Malaysian, and want to puchase the album, support the fan club’s efforts by leaving a comment in this entry saying “Yes, I want a Fly to the Sky remake album”. Also, please state the number of copies you intend to purchase.