24 (Wed) May 2017
-One Serendra, BGC-
with the Family
Yet another “partly instant, partly from scratch” effort (see most recently 8.070 Jjajang Myeon), this time scratchier with a just-add-water powder, rather than a heat-and-eat sauce pack. I know that these quick-fix gimmicks won’t turn out anywhere near the real thing. Why I keep at it, I don’t know.
Before the days of GMTD, I did once try to make the dish entirely from scratch. It demanded so much oil (about half cup per serving) and sugar (about one cup per serving) – the black bean paste (chunjang) that forms the base of the sauce is so inherently salty and bitter that nearly a cup of sugar per serving is necessary to make it edible – that I never wanted to make it again. Anyway, it also fell short – maybe not enough oil and sugar.