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Shopping at H-Mart for kimchi ingredients

H-Mart is a Korean American grocery store, America’s T&T Supermarket if you will, but Korean instead of Chinese. They have aisles and aisles of instant ramyun, seaweed, kimchi and Korean snack foods.

I figured I would be able to find most of my ingredients pretty easily, except for the kochukaru and jarred salted shrimp. H-Mart had a entire section devoted to packages and packages of red pepper powder, but none with a “kochukaru” label. Since there wasn’t any other chili powder in the store, I went with the red pepper powder, coarse ground.

kochukaru, korean chili or red pepper powder

The jarred salted shrimp was marginally easier to find. I thought it would be in the can/jar section, but it was actually refrigerated. It was labeled “salt prawn” and was in what looked like a peanut butter jar. Good enough for me!

jarred salted shrim/salted prawn

Good enough for the friendly Korean cashier as well. I asked her what the Korean name for the red pepper powder was. “Kochukaru. You’re making kimchi?” she asked. Before I could answer, she scanned the jar of salt prawn and laughed, “yes, this goes in kimchi!”

produce booty

So, looks like Momofuku kimchi will have some authentic Korean ingredients! I better get started, it needs to ferment for 2 weeks for optimal kimchi-ness.

Planning for kimchi stew

After the Ramen Spectacular I had a lot of broth and pork shoulder leftover. It was obvious: time for kimchi stew! Of course to make kimchi stew you need to make kimchi. No worries. I can do that. First things first, shopping for ingredients.

Shopping List:
-green onions
-napa cabbage
-sliced rice cakes
-kochukaru, a Korean chili powder
-jarred salted shrimp

As diverse as T&T’s Asian aisles are, I don’t think I’ll find the kochukaru or jarred salted shrimp there. Next plan of attack: Korean Supermarket H-Mart!

Herbs, spices, sauces and other strange ingredients in the Momofuku Noodle Bar recipes

Continuing with my obsessive list-making, I complied a list of all the herbs, spices, sauces and other strange ingredients used in the Noodle Bar recipes. You can see which recipes they belong to in the brackets, which correspond to the master list of the Noodle Bar recipes. I also made lists of the produce, proteins and carbohydrates, but I don’t want to overwhelm you, so those will come later!

active dry yeast (18)
baking soda (18)
bamboo shoots (1, 31)
black pepper (3, 14, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 31, 32, 33)
bread flour (6, 18)
butter (22, 23, 24)
denjang [Korean fermented bean paste] (27)
dried red chili peppers (30)
dried shiitakes (2, 15)
fish sauce (15, 16)
grapeseed oil (10, 11, 13, 14, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33)
hoisin sauce (17)
jarred salted shrimp (16)
katsuo-bushi [dried fish flakes] (4)
kochukaru [Korean red pepper chili powder] (16)
konbu (2, 4, 5, 31)
kosher salt (7, 8, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 33)
mirin [sweet cooking seasoning] (3, 11, 14, 20, 31)
mustard seeds (15)
non-fat dry milk powder (18)
nori [seaweed] (1)
potassium carbonate (6)
rice wine vinegar (15, 31, 32)
sake (3, 20, 27, 31)
sesame oil (12, 25, 32)
sesame seeds (11, 21)
sherry vinegar (10, 12, 15, 22, 25, 27)
shiro [white miso] (22, 23)
sichuan peppercorns (30)
sodium carbonate (6)
sriracha (17)
ssämjang [fermented bean and chili sauce] (12)
star anise (15)
sugar (7, 8, 12, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 32)
usukuchi [light soy sauce] (3, 10, 12, 15, 20, 25, 26, 28, 30, 31, 32, 33)

“Rare” ingredient shopping at T&T Supermarket

T&T Supermarket is my go-to grocery store for all things Asian. It’s like Whole Foods, but started by Chinese Canadians, not Texans. They have most, if not all of your basic and not-so-basic Asian goods. Looking for tripe? They got it. Frozen Japanese fish cakes? They got that too! It was my second stop for my ramen ingredients, and they had everything I needed.

konbu, mirin, usukuchi, japanese fish cake, sake, fresh ramen, bamboo shoots

The thing about T&T, and well, Vancouver in general, is that if you look like you speak Chinese, they expect that you speak Chinese. I always feel that bit of disapproval when I open my mouth and non-accented English comes out. So there I was, as the meat counter, looking at the bellies, butts and shoulders. I needed pork belly and shoulder, but as always, I hesitated. I don’t know why though, because when I asked for 3 lbs of pork shoulder, the woman was super-friendly while she picked out a piece of meat that was exactly 3lb.

I know what you’re thinking, 3 pounds of meat? For two? Yes. I tend to be optimistic when cooking. I always think that the two of us will eat more than we really do and end up making too much. Its not always a good thing, but sometimes it comes in handy, really, it does!

Back to T&T. They have great variety. They even sell cooking sake! I picked up some draft sake for the taré at the liquor store, but Mike actually wanted to drink it, so finding cooking sake for $2 was a definite bonus.

economy pork bones!

Some other helpful items I found: economy pork bones at 79¢/lb and fresh “Japanese Ramen Noodles.” I’m going to make the alkaline noodles in the book one day, but for now I’m going with store bought. According to Chang, finding sodium and potassium carbonate can be a “pain in the ass,” so finding the fresh ramen was a pretty big plus for me.

With the shopping trips a success, I am now ready to make ramen!

Obsessive-compulsive list of Noodle Bar Recipes

I’m kinda the obsessive compulsive type. The list-making obsessive compulsive type. If you read on, I don’t think I need to say anything more about it.

Noodle Bar Recipes (The numbers beside the recipes correspond to the recipes that you need: ie. ramen broth needs recipe #3 – tare)

1. momofuku ramen (requires 2, 6, 7, 8, 9)
2. ramen broth (requires 3)
3. tare
4. traditional dashi
5. bacon dashi
6. alkaline noodles (aka ramen)
7. pork belly (for ramen, pork buns & just about anything else)
8. pork shoulder for ramen
9. slow-poached eggs
10. ginger scallion noodles/ginger scallion sauce
11. roasted rice cakes (requires 2, 12, 13)
12. korean red dragon sauce
13. roasted onions
14. kimchi stew – rice cakes & shredded pork (requires 2, 8, 13, 16)
15. pickles x 20
16. kimchi: fermented pickles
17. momofuku pork buns (requires 7, 15, 18)
18. steamed buns
19. chicken & egg (requires 9)
20. chicken wings
21. fried chicken (requires 32)
22. pan-roasted asparagus – poached egg & miso butter (requires 9)
23. roasted sweet summer corn – miso butter, bacon & roasted onions (requires 2, 13)
24. brussels sprouts – kimchi puree & bacon (requires 16)
25. cherry tomato salad – soft tofu & shiso
26. peas with horseradish (requires 2)
27. pan-roasted bouchot mussels with os
28. bacon dashi with potatoes & clams (requires 5)
29. scallion oil
30. sichuan crawfish
31. grilled octopus salad – konbu, bamboo shoots & pickled chiles (requires 32)
32. octo vinaigrette (requires 15)
33. shrimp & grits (requires 2, 9)