Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Ojingeogul (Squid Soup) - Olympic Food Challange : South Korea

Blimey! Hasn't today been exciting for Team GB? Two golds and a bronze to add to the nation's mantelpiece!

Today on the Olympic Food challenge, we reach South Korea (And I'm really glad I didn't get North Korea, although Glorious Leader Kim Jong-Il did have a fondness for lobster, or so I'm told...)

South Korea have won plenty of medals in their time at the Olympics - 215 in fact - which a high percentage of those in the archery, which makes them the 17th most successful nation in the history of the games, but remember, it's not the winning, it's the taking part (In which case, why don't they just give everyone a gold medal and be done with it?)  This year they will be fielding 245 Olympians in 22 sports.  As always, you can follow their progress here

I love me some squid, as I think I've mentioned before - when purchasing some, the fishmonger once asked if we wanted the tentacles, to which both Mrs Soup and I let out a child-like giggle of glee.  Tentacles - brilliant...

Today's new ingredient was Mooli - the radish used in this soup, which I've eaten but never cooked with before, so this was another new chapter in my culinary education...

500g Squid
500g Radish
1 Onion
6 Spring Onions (Just the green bits)
1 Leek
4 Cloves of Garlic
4tsp Chili Flakes
4tbsp Soy Sauce
2tbsp Fish Sauce

1. Wash and gut the squid, then slice into rings of about 1cm wide

2. Slice the radish into thin slices, then chop the onion, spring onion, leek - using just the white bits - and garlic, then put into a bowl

3.  Mix the chili flakes, soy sauce and fish sauce into the bowl and allow to coat all the other ingredients.

4.  Bring 1.2l of water to the boil in a large pan.  Once it is boiling, add the contents of the bowl to the water and cook at a high heat for 10 minutes.

5. Then turn the heat down and cook for another 20 minutes, until the radish is completely cooked and starts to turn translucent.

6.  Serve in warm bowls with some white rice.  Enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. The radish is called mu in Korean, or you can spell it moo. How did the soup taste?

    Great blog.