I followed this recipe to make buldak, aka fire chicken! It’s a popular dish that I’ve seen on Youtube mukbangs and also on some select menus at korean restaurants. It’s always piqued my interest, and I wondered what it tasted like, especially with a combination of mozzarella cheese on top. Turns out, it tastes amazing. I followed Maangchi’s recipe here:
First of all, the sauce that Maangchi gives is DELICIOUS: sweet, tangy, spicy. Also very simple to whip up, although very messy particularly with the vivid bright red color. It also took a long time to control the cooking and baking of the chicken, especially since I had to use what was in my fridge, which was chicken drumsticks instead of 1-inch breast. I’d say I spent total around 50 minutes in the pan and also in the mini oven. I also added a bit more water to let it simmer longer, but it could have used a bit more time actually.
In addition, I found mini rice cakes and went ahead and boiled that and threw it in there on top after rinsing in cold water. Lastly, topped it all off with a generous heap of mozzarella cheese to toast and melt. The combo is very interesting and surprisingly delicious! I’d def crave this dish again! There’s a few more drumsticks marinating in the fridge as I just couldn’t fit anymore into the pan. This yields 8 drumsticks, and we ate it over plain white rice. My family enjoyed it very much! Maangchi is great.
Tomorrow, Korean green onion and seafood pancake time. My mom also wants me to make Japchae again. I may also attempt to make korean fried chicken, and red bean buns too next week since my mom loves those. We’ll see.
P.S. I was disappointed because my friends are all out in NYC and Jersey City celebrating their birthday, and I couldn’t join, partially because it’s too much walking and cold, and it’s also snowing. But, as I’ve had to learn many times over, you gotta try to make the best of what you have through your disappointment and try to still do what you can. It still turned out not a bad Saturday, and I still feel like I can go to bed having accomplished something productive and new.