Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Arum Korean Market and the wonderful world of tabletop cooking

Beef bulgogi Korean barbecue style on Flickr by beFOODled.

S and I bought a shiny, red, gas-powered tabletop cooker from Arum Korean Market on Bank St., a vendor that has been reviewed by the Ottawa Foodies. It's my new favourite kitchen accessory and we've already used it three times this month.

Our new tabletop cooker on Flickr by beFOODled.

You know when you eat late because you are busy, lazy, not that organized or all of the above? That's the norm in our house, but the actual cooking part is so quick if you have marinated meat and condiments at the ready. Cooking your food at the table also just makes dinnertime more engaging — kind of like driving a standard versus an automatic.

Cooking beef bulgogi at the table on Flickr by beFOODled.

The cooker, as well as a six-pack of butane gas cartridges and a coated non-stick aluminum grill pan, came to about $120. The owner of Arum also sold us a big frozen package of thinly sliced beef for the bulgogi. I used this recipe for Korean barbecue.

Condiments for our Korean barbecue night on Flickr by beFOODled.

We also bought a big tub of kim chee from Arum. I think Arum might even sell the kim chee made by Restaurant Joy, the best kim chee in the city according to my friend Squeaky.

Our other condiments were sauteed shiitake mushrooms, julienned carrots and some diced pineapple, which added a nice hit of sweetness against the hot sauce and spicy kim chee.

The first day we prepped all the condiments and marinated the meat, but the next day we just grabbed all the leftovers from the fridge, turned on the gas and hey presto! We achieved the desirable conclusion of dinner :)

Arum Korean Market
512 Bank St.
Ottawa, ON K2P 1Z6

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