Cycle 14 – Item 185
9 (Sun) July 2023
Stir-Fried Potatoes & Fishcakes with Thai Basil
-Changgok, Sujeong, Seongnam, Gyeonggi, Republic of Korea-
with the Family
The Gamja Project (6)
This afternoon, I was very happy to discover that E-Mart has begun to diversify its range of non-Korean items, including potted herbs and rice.
What I miss most about the food scene in the Philippines was daily access to a wide variety of ingredients – even if, frankly, freshness was always an issue. My local supermarket in Manila had 8 types of rice (see for example 5.014 Kangkong & Shrimp with Fried Rice).
To commemorate the occasion, I improvised a Thai potato dish. Similar to pad (stir-fried) kaprao (holy basil) – which I’d started to learn back in the Philippines (see most recently 10.364 Pad Ka Prow with Pork & Asparagus), but gave up when I got to Korea (no kaprao) – but with Thai basil. At the last minute, I tossed in (Korean) fish cakes for a bit of protein. Served with jasmine rice.
6.8 kg of potatoes remaining.
(See also THE GAMJA PROJECT)
(See also GLOBAL FOOD GLOSSARY)