Sunday, March 24, 2013

Garlic Breadsticks

Garlic Breadsticks

Last week, I made bread for the first time using Todd Wilbur's Olive Garden Breadsticks Copycat Recipe that was featured on Good Morning America.  The texture of the breadsticks were perfect, but the taste was bland for my preference.  I decided to make some slight adjustments to the recipe to intensify the garlic flavor.

 Recipe (yields 5-6 breadsticks):


 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
 1/2 teaspoon active dry yeast
 1/2 cup and 1/2 tablespoon warm water
 1/1/2 cups bread flour
 3/4 teaspoons salt
 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
 1/8 teaspoon garlic salt
 2 tablespoons softened butter

On top:
 1 tablespoon melted butter
 1 garlic clove
 1/8 teaspoon garlic salt
 1/8 garlic powder

1.  Dissolve yeast and sugar in the warm water.  Set aside for 5 minutes.
2.  Mix together the bread flour, salt, garlic salt, garlic powder, and butter into a bowl.
3. Pour yeast mixture into flour bowl.  Mix.
4.  Knead dough for 10 minutes.
5.  Cover and set aside for 2 hours.
6.  After 2 hours, separate dough into 5-6 equal pieces.  Roll each piece out to 7-9 inches long.
7.  Place dough onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper (unless it's nonstick).  Set aside for 2 hours.
8.  After 2 hours, preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden.
9.  Remove breadsticks from oven and immediately rub bread with the garlic clove, then brush with melted butter.  Slightly dust breadsticks with garlic salt/ powder.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Friday, March 15, 2013

Korean Chapchae

We felt like making our old time favorite Japchae using Maangchi's recipe. To make it vegetarian, we substituted beef with tofu.

Watch her video tutorial here:

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Vegetarian: Homemade sandwich and soup

vegetarian sandwich, grilled eggplant with peanut sauce and canh chua (pineapple tomato soup)
pickled daikon, carrots
peanut sauce

Chinese eggplants
Peanut sauce

Cut eggplants, add garlic and sauce, put in oven @ 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes

Peanut sauce:
2 1/2 tbsp peanut butter
2 tbsp hoisin sauce
1 cup of hot water
1 tsp chili
1/2 tsp garlic
Mix and cook on stove for 2-3 minutes

recipe to be updated

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Vegan: Bun Bo Hue Chay at Dong Phuong Tofu

vegan Bun Bo Hue chay @Dong Phuong tofu
If you're vegan looking for some authentic Vietnamese noodles, try the bun bo hue at Dong Phuong Tofu. It is so so so good! For $6-7, you get a large bowl of noodles and a side plate of salad.