Friday, March 27, 2015



Fresh to the land of OZ, I was smitten with this Middle Eastern salad. The crunchy, nutty texture of Bulghur wheat, the fresh crisp diced cucumber, tomatoes and the fresh herbs :D
Spoonful of yums and a mouthful of freshness...

I got one problem...

I am pretty sure whoever behind the counter could hear me say "Tak Boleh" which is a malay word for cannot, or unable.

So lets leave it as that.... You can't teach old dog new trick!
No matter how I try... it always came out "Tak Boleh!!!" ;P


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2 lebanese cucumber 
3 tomatoes 
1 cup parsley
1/2 cup coriander
1 tablespoon mint
1 cup bulger wheat
juice of 1 lemon
1/4 olive oil
  1. Soak burger wheat with cold water for 2 hours. 
  2. Strain and squeeze out as much water as possible. 
  3. Dice the lebanese cucumber (discard the centre with seeds). 
  4. Diced tomatoes (discard the seeds). chopped parsley, coriander and mint. 
  5. Mix all ingredients in a bowl. 
  6. Add olive oil and lemon juice mix
  7. Add salt to taste. 
  8. Serve with Falafel.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Beef and Nashi pear Burger / Sanjeok

Sanjeok / Beef and Nashi Pear Burger

Date : Mid March 2015
Venue: somewhere in suburban Perth
Time : around 4ish pm

Sounds like a 'Mission Impossible' is about to start....

Well, it is ;P

Its 'Mission Impossible' of the food kind.

Sanjeok / Beef and Nashi Pear Burger

My girl is trying her best to get us hooked with her obsession of everything Korean!!!! From drama to food to variety show.
Drama? its passable!!! I could sit down with her watching the drama from start to the end but I put a pause to the next drama... same plot everytime, I need not elaborate more.

Anyway... she managed to get us hooked on Korean variety show called 'Running Man'.
Even though not understanding the language to get most of what being said.. especially jokes! we got the gist of  the whole plot with the help of subtitle albeit few seconds delay :)

One of the challenges in one of the episodes aired was the challenge to cook Korean traditional cuisine. Without doubt...when food is mentioned I am all ears and eyes. 

As the show progresses... a voice could be heard "that looks yum.. MOM!!! can you please make some..."
.... and here it is...

Sanjeok (stand to be corrected...and apologies to all Korean foodie out there, if I got it wrong...) is basically, mince beef mix with the local produced pear from Naju, made into patties.
The meat then cooked over charcoal. The meat is sweet, tender with smokey aroma. 
Serve either with salad or as burger

Sanjeok / Beef and Nashi Pear Burger
Sanjeok / Beef and Nashi Pear Burger
Sanjeok / Beef and Nashi Pear Burger
Sanjeok / Beef and Nashi Pear Burger

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Beef and Nashi pear Burger/ Sanjeok
Serve 6-8

1 kg mince beef
200g red onion
250-300g nashi pears
4 1/2 Tablespoon soy sauce
3 1/2 tablespoon sugar
20g ginger - grated
20g garlic
4 teaspoon sesame oil
3 teaspoon sesame seeds
1 teaspoon ground black pepper

150g nashi pear
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon sesame seeds (pan roasted)
1 1/2 teaspoon sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt 
1/2 cup water
1/2 teaspoon flour
2 teaspoon mirin
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil

Making beef patties
  1. Chop onion and pear (separately and use chopper not blender or food processor). 
  2. In a medium size mixing bowl, add mince beef, nashi pear, chopped onion, soy sauce, sugar, ginger, garlic, black pepper, sesame oil and seeds. 
  3. Set aside for at least 2 hours. 
  4. Start the charcoal barbecue going. 
  5. Shape the patties into your desired shape. 
  6. Cook the patties over hot charcoal. 
Making Sauce
  1. Chopped pear and add to a saucepan. 
  2. Add soy sauce, sugar, water, mirin and bring to boil for 1 minute, then lower heat to a simmer for 10 minutes. 
  3. Mix flour with 1 tablespoon of water and add into the simmering sauce to thicken. 
  4. Turn off  the heat. 
  5. Add sesame oil and seeds.
Enjoy the smokey Sanjeok with either salad or as burger.