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The Taste of Korea – Good Food & Wine Show with Chef Dominique Rizzo

There is not a Korean BBQ in sight when Chef Shin takes us into his Hansik slow food kitchen at the Good Food & Wine Show with Chef Dominique Rizzo guiding the audience through each step of his cooking revealing the wonderful world of flavours of thistle pickles and kimchi that are synonymous with the taste of Korean food.
Good Food & Wine Show with Chef Dominique Rizzo - Chef Shin w Chrf Dominique Rizzo

The essence of Hansik Cooking

Hansik is Nature
Earth is the source of life for man. Thus, the healthiest nourishment for man is earth’s natural foods, nurtured by the sun, rain, and wind.
Slow …… aged over time
Hansik is the ultimate slow food
The age-old practice of naturally fermenting food gives a deep and complex flavor to foods such as kimchi and jang (fermented sauce).
Vitalizing ……with seasonal ingredients
Spring is the son of new life when nature generously provides us with fragrant vegetables and herbs. The mountains and fields are covered with a variety of different namul (wild-greens, herbs and sprouts) and young vegetables that are harvested for cooking.
Harmonious Balance …… microcosm in a bowl
Korean cuisine is characterized by the balance and fusion of Five Cardinal Colors of blue (靑), red (赤), yellow (黃), black (黑), and white (白). These five colours, called obangsaek, also represent different spatial and seasonal elements, as well as the Five Tastes – spicy, sweet, sour, salty and bitter.
Rustic …… the feel of home
Hansik is unpretentious and humble. With its roots in peasant cookery, hansik consists of a wide range of hearty soups and stews that satisfy the stomach and comfort the soul.
Labor of Love …… in every bite
Hansik is prepared with great care and attention. Ingredients are always finely diced or shredded, then seasoned and mixed by hand. Taste is determined by the deft feel and skill of experienced hands. In Korea, we call this the ‘work of mother’s fingertips,’ which is the secret ingredient behind the flavorful and easy-to-consume hansik dishes.

Good Food and Wine Show - Chef Shin with prepared dishes

More about Chef C.H. Shin

Chef Shin is the Owner and Chef of “Joo Ok”, a contemporary Korean Restaurant in Cheongdam-dong.  “Joo Ok” is a Restaurant recommended by MICHELIN Guide Seoul 2017.
Chef Shin was invited to the Gala Dinner at the 2016 World Hansik Festival hosted by the KFF; in 2014–2015 he was Chef at Michelin Japanese Restaurant ‘NOBU’ Miami Branch.

Check-in for a  Taste of Korea at the Good Food & Wine Show with Chef Dominique Rizzo, with recipes for two of the amazing dishes on the menu.

Gondeure jangajji yukhoe pastry (Korean-style beef tartare with pickled vegetables) is the first one. 

Good Food & Wine Show with Chef Dominique Rizzo - Korean Style Beef Tartare

 

The Taste of Korea is unique in this dish of Gondeure jangajji (pickled thistle) yukhoe (beef tartare) pastry, which is a pastry garnished with yukhoe. The seasoning is made from onion jangajji (pickled vegetables), Gochu-jang (red chili paste), and Gochu-jang aioli sauce that softens yukhoe and adds both the delicious and sour taste. Gochu-jang mixed with Gochu-jang aioli gives the soft taste and texture. Added with the dried yolk and gondeure jangajji (pickled vegetables), it gives the deep and savoury taste. Inspired by authentic Korean food, the use of puff pastry is considered to be pleasing to the taste of Australians.

Ingredients (for 2pcs):

– Baked pastry (2ea)
Garnish
– Korean beef eye of round (5g)
– Nutritious leek (0.5g)
– Pine nut (0.5g)
– Yolk powder (0.5g)
– Gondeure pickeled vegetables (1g)
– Onion pickled vegetables (1g)
– Gochu-jang aioli (1g)
– Gochu-jang sauce (1g)

Steps:

1. After cutting a puff pastry into 2cm in width, bake them on a butter paper in an oven at 180-degree for about 20 minutes. Then cut them into 2cm x 6cm-sized pieces.
2. Peel and mash eye of round.
3. Chop nutritious leek.
4. Mash Gondeure pickled vegetables and onion pickled vegetables, and remove moisture from onion pickled vegetables.
5. Measure and mix mashed eye of round, nutritious leek, onion pickled vegetables, Gochu-jang aioli, and Gochu-jang
6. After putting Gochu-jang aioli at each end of the puff pastry, place the mixed ingredients (from step 5), then put Gondeure pickled vegetables, pine nut powder, nutritious leek yolk powder on the very top.

The second recipe is Jjimdak kromesky with Neungi mushroom

The Good Food & Wine Show with Chef Dominique Rizzo - Braised chicken with hawk’s wings mushroom

This dish is braised chicken with hawk’s wings mushroom.  Jjimdak (braised chicken in soy sauce) kromesky (fried croquette) with Neungi mushroom is a croquette made by frying mashed jjimdak and chicken feet, with the bread powder added. The dish gives the jjimdak taste with Ganjang (soy sauce) soaking into the soft stuffing inside the fried croquette. The dish sauced with Cheongyang red pepper sauce removes the fried dish’s typical greasy taste with its sourness. The kromesky is topped with bread crumbs dusting and Neungi mushroom powder to add to the autumn vibe.

Ingredients (for 2pcs)
– kromesky (2ea)
– Chicken drumstick (1,500g)
– Boneless chicken foot (750g)
Seasonings
– Bulgogi sauce (250g)
– Water (250g)
– Flour (1g)
– Egg (1g)
– Breadcrumbs (1g)
Garnish
– Cheongyang red pepper sauce (10g)
– Grana Padano (3g)
– Neungi mushroom powder (0.5g)
Steps:
1. Peel and remove fat from a chicken drumstick, and wash and remove moisture from chicken feet
2. Boil chicken drumstick, chicken foot, Bulgogi sauce and water in a pressure cooker
3. Once the ingredients (from step 3) boil up over high heat, continue to boil them over low heat for about 30 minutes.
4. Separate the soup from solid ingredients once they cool down
5. Tear the boiled chicken drumstick, and mash the chicken feet until the texture is softened enough for chewing
6. Gradually boil down the soup over low heat so that the soup gets suitably seasoned
7. Mix the chicken drumstick, meshed chicken feet, and the soup, and put them in a 2cm-high square tray inside a refrigerator.
8. Once they get hardened, cut them into a suitable size, cover the pieces with breadcrumbs, and fry them.
9. Once they are fried, cover them with Grana Padano cheese.
10. Place Cheongyang red pepper sauce on a plate, them put the cooked kromeskies on the top.
11. Lastly, sprinkle Neungi mushroom power on the kromeskies.

Good Food and Wine Show with Chef Dominique Rizzo - Chef Dominique, Chef Shin and translator.

5 Top Reasons for Taking Business Lunches Out of the Office

5 Top Reasons for Taking Business Lunches Out of the Office - Chef Dominique Rizzo

Why will these 5 Top reasons benefit your business, your staff and yourself?

  1. You deserve the best – Not only is it healthier to take a break from work, due to the fact that you eat in front of a screen and it impacts on your digestion, but it is also much more social. Anyone who has travelled to Europe will discover that most people will go out for lunch, taking a genuine break even a glass of wine and returning to the office with a clear head, well nourished and ready to tackle the rest of the day.

 

  1. Saves you dollars – Many restaurants/cafes offer lunch specials or deals which gives you an opportunity for a substantial meal and a beverage for a great price. They run efficient services to offer you a lunch in 30 – 40 minutes to meet the demands of diners on a set lunch break.

 

  1. Improving Client relations – Another great benefit of taking time out of your day to have lunch is that bonding with clients or consultants over lunch can be the key driver to getting them to sign the bottom line. Adding to that, having lunches with clients helps to reaffirm the relationship and assist in retaining clients, as people tend to be far happier when they are eating and drinking in a relaxed environment. So to seal the deal or get that contract over the line maybe an invitation to lunch may be the way to go.

 5 Top Reasons for Taking Business Lunches Out of the Office - Customers at lunch

  1. Better for your digestion – Taking a page from some of the healthiest diets in the world, the Europeans tend to have their biggest meal at lunch, being then able to work it off for the rest of the day. Also looking into digestion, research shows that being relaxed and in a relaxed environment is much better for your digestion than sitting at a desk wolfing down your lunch in a mad panic to get it finished before getting back to work.

 

  1. General well being – lunches outside, at the beach or on a park bench, can have such a dramatic impact on people’s emotional wellbeing and attitudes towards work. Eating sandwiches with the sun on your face, feeling a light refreshing breeze, chatting to a group and engaging in conversation can really help refresh you and refocus your mind for the afternoon ahead.

 

5 Top Reasons for Taking Business Lunches Out of the Office - Table at Putia Pure Food Kitchen

 

A Fresh Take on Mouthwatering Sausages

1. RSZ Dom with sausage men
Sausages were in the news at the Brisbane Ekka 2015! Long gone are the days when the choice was limited to beef and pork sausages. Now there is a sausage for just about every cuisine from German bratwurst, Spanish chorizo, French Andoulliette to Sicilian sausages. I love them all, but no surprises that I think Sicilian sausages are the best and that’s a good reason to lift the lid and let you see what I’m cooking.

2 RSZ Dom w Don Melrose_Michael Slams

Take it easy and let the professional butchers like Michael Salm at Carindale, make the best of sausages for you, (seen here with Dom Melrose).

3 RSZ sausages

You can throw them on the barbeque or go for one pot cooking that’s at its best with this tasty dish for sausages, cooked in a simple rich onion and tomato sauce. This was one of my favourite dishes growing up as my mother cooked it many nights as a simple and quick economic dinner option. The roast pumpkin and green pea smash is a great option instead of mash potato and makes a fantastic side for grilled chicken, or fish.

4. RSZ Sausage pumpkin smash

 

Sausages with roast pumpkin and pea smash and tomato and onion sauce

Serves: 4
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes.

Ingredients sausage dish:
• 8 x good quality sausages – get these from a butcher who makes his own as they will be lighter in additives and fats or choose a lower fat sausage
• 2 brown onions, sliced
• 1 clove garlic, minced
• 2 x 400 g tins of diced tomatoes
• ½ teaspoon of dried mixed herbs
• 1 teaspoon of tomato paste
• 1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce*
• Salt and pepper

Ingredients: Pumpkin and pea smash
• 500g pumpkin, seeded and peeled
• 1 tablespoon butter
• 3 spring onions, (scallions) white and green part sliced thinly
• 2 cups frozen peas, defrosted
• Salt and pepper

Steps:
1. Preheat the oven to 200c
2. Cut the pumpkin into largish chunks about 4-5cm and spray or drizzle with a little oil, roast them for 20 minutes until golden and cooked through.
3. Heat a small saucepan and add in the butter, sweat off the spring onions for a couple of minutes then add the green peas and cook for 5 minutes, season with salt and pepper and with a fork partially mash the peas with the pumpkin.
4. For the sausages, heat a non-stick pan over a moderate temperature and brown the sausages on all sides, cooking them for about 10 minutes. Remove them from the pan and set aside.
5. Into the same pan add in the sliced onions and the garlic and sauté for 3-4 minutes. Add in the diced tomatoes and then fill one tin ½ way with water and swish out both tins adding this water to the pan. Add in the herbs, tomato paste, worcestershire sauce and simmer for 10 minutes.
6. Season with salt and pepper and add the sausages back into the pan, continue to simmer for another 15 minutes until the sauce has thickened. Turn off the heat and let the sausages sit in the sauce for a few minutes before serving with the mash.

Now for the real challenge – make your own sausages! This is my favourite Sicilian Uncle’s recipe for making sausages from my cookbook “My Taste of Sicily”.

6 RSZ cookbooks

5 RSZ Sausage recipes

 

 

Le Salsicce Di Zio Mario
Zio Mario’s Sicilian sausages

Makes: 40 sausages

Preparation time: 60 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes

 

Ingredients:
• 6 kg pork shoulder coarsely minced (ask your butcher to do this)
• 90 g sea salt
• ¼ cup (40 g) black peppercorns, cracked
• ¼ cup (40 g) fennel seeds
• ¼ cup (35 g) ground allspice of paprika
• 2 tablespoons mixed spice
• 1 large handful flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped
• 1 bulb garlic, cloves chopped
• 10 m natural pork casings (order from your butcher)

Steps:
1. Place the minced port, salt, peppercorns, fennel seeds, allspice or paprika, mixed spice, parsley and garlic in a large deep bowl. Mix well with your hands so that all the spices are blended through. Cover with plastic film and refrigerate overnight so that the flavours have time to develop.
2. If the casings are salted, rinse them under cold running water, then keep in a bowl of water to ensure they stay moist.
3. To make it easier to fill the sausages, remove the meat from the fridge at least 30 minute beforehand to bring it to room temperature; this will prevent the filling from breaking the casings. To test the flavour of the filling, fry a small ball of it in a frying pan over medium heat, then adjust the seasoning accordingly.
4. If you have a mincer of sausage machine at home, using the tube attachment, carefully slide a piece of the casing on the tube. If you don’t, you can use a piping bag to stuff the casings with the meat. A good tip is to fill the casing with about ¼ cup (60 ml) water; this will open the casings as you fill them. Start the machine on low until you get the hang of the pace and stuff the casing evenly with the pork mixture, taking care not to break the casing. Once you have a long sausage, you can either leave it as is and coil it around itself, securing with string (this is more traditional), or twist the casing around at intervals to make your desired sausage length. Repeat with the remaining casings and filling. Refrigerate the sausages for at least 30 minute before cooking.
5. For thick sausages, pan-fry or barbeque for 4-5 minutes on each side or until the sausage is slightly firm to touch, about 15 minutes in total (thin sausages will take about 10 minutes). Alternatively, roast the sausages in a roasting pan at 200 degrees C for 30 minutes or until golden and cooked through.
6. Leftover raw sausages can be wrapped in serving-sized portions and frozen for up to 3 months.

Making sausages is not difficult but maybe a bit messy, so you can refresh your hands using one of Putia’s beautiful sea salt scrubs!

7 RSZ Coconut detox body scrub

“My Taste of Sicily” cookbook and Sea salt scrubs are available on-line at
http://dominiquerizzo.com/product/my-taste-of-sicily-by-dominique-rizzo/ and
http://dominiquerizzo.com/product/coconut-lemongrass-and-coffee-detox-body-sea-salt-scrub/