Gearing up for the New Year!

We are on the heels of 2015 and I wonder, what does this coming year have in store for us? For all my readers and loved ones out there, I hope only the best!

Resolutions, what are you resolving?   What is in your life? Have you chosen to take a better look at your financial decisions? Diet and exercise? Be less crazy? Identify your crazy and stop it? Whatever you’ve resolved to do, go head with your bad self!

Here’s a healthy way to start the year!

Hwe Dup Bap

Dup baps are awesome, take a bowl of steamy rice and “dup puh” – cover it with good things.  Koreans do it with various meats: grilled chicken, beef, cuttlefish and in our case raw fish.

The premise is simple, take a lot of veggies and a little sashimi grade fish, throw it on top of rice and cover it with hot sauce, mix and eat.

This is probably one of my favorite dishes.

RECIPE (for 2-3 servings)
1/2 cup Carrot, thinly sliced
4-breakfast raddish, thinly sliced
½ cup Red Cabbage, thinly sliced
1 cup Red Leaf Lettuce (or romaine, green leaf, anything relatively mild)
6 Perilla leaf, thinly sliced
¼ Cucumber, gutted and thinly sliced
½ Avocado, diced
|½ cup Japanese seaweed salad  (wakame salad)
2-3 oz assorted sashimi grade fish, cut into small cubes

The prep work is a little time consuming, a lot of chopping.  I usually chop more veggies than I need, I can usually find a way to use the rest of them, for instance, I’m going to blend the rest of them in my morning smoothie.

The trick to really crunchy veggies is soaking them in cold water for at least 20 minutes.  I promise it’s worth it.

Assembly is the easy part, remember ladies and gents we eat with our eyes, so make it pretty!  A sushi chef once told me that 3D is the way to be, so plot a  scoop of rice on the bottom of a deep bowl, arrange the veggies, put the fish in the center of the bowl and leave the sauce for the side.

Whoops, the sauce!
Mix all the following ingredients together for the sauce
¼ cup  gochujang (hot pepper paste)
½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
3 tablespoons sesame seed oil (sounds like a lot but it’s a lot of sauce)
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds

Random thought, radishes are beautiful!

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