When all eyes were on China, the vegans took Korea

August 25th, 2008 · Lisa · book review, Fun with Friends, Review · Comments

This summer, my favourite vegans have made an extra effort to get to together each month to celebrate food, friendship and the lack of snow. Unfortunately with everyone’s busy schedules it has been difficult to plan dates that work for all. One of our friends, Colleen, was unable to make our Millennium brunch and our Adventurous BBQ-so in her honour we decided to plan another event focused on her favourite cusine-Korean!
We used one of my new cookbooks for inspiration-The Asian Vegan Kitchen by Hema Parekh. She has a chapter devoted to Korean cuisine. So after sorting through the options we selected a range of favourites and assigned them out to the group. The results were another fantastic evening.
The food was fantastic-but a lot of the fun came in the shopping adventures everyone had trying to find those unique ingredients, like ‘Korean Paprika’-is it different than Spanish Paprika? Hungarian Paprika? Is it just the Paprika you buy at the Korean grocery store, even though it says ‘made in Paris’? So confusing!
Here is what we made:

Cabbage Radish Kimchi (pg. 171)

Cucumber Namul (pg. 169)

Bibimbap (pg. 179)

Jap chae (pg.112)

Pyontse-Korean Wontons (pg.174).
This was my contribution to the evening. I ended up using an entire package of wonton wrappers-thinking people could take the extras home to their freezers. But it turned out that these were incredibly delicious. We ended up steaming up all of the wontons-they disppeared sooo fast. I had fun folding them all and steaming them in my often neglected bamboo steamer.

We also had Chijimi (pg.176-vegetable pancakes) and soy paste filled buns John’s own creation. I don’t know what happened but I didn’t get pictures-they must have been devoured too quickly.

It was fun to explore new ingredients and to have the new adventure of wandering the aisles in chinatown’s grocery stores with a very confused look on my face.

We have another BBQ planned for next week with a Mexican theme…I have my assignment and I’ve already started scouring for ingredients.


  1. Posted September 6, 2008 at 9:31 am

    I neeeeed that chap chae recipe!!! It looks soo good!

    can’t wait for mexican… hmmm..maybe I’ll bring something hot chocolate bases 😉

  2. Posted September 10, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    Everything looks so yum! I was considering adding that cookbook to my collection, and you’re pictures are pushing me over the edge!

  3. Posted September 18, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    It really is a great cookbook-although you may have to make some special ventures to asian grocery stores to get all the ingredients you need to whip up the authentic dishes she describes. But exploring new ingredients can be a lot of fun!

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