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May 24, 2010

Pan Fried Potatoes, how to save a lonely potato


 Have you ever felt that you are mostly unnoticed among multitude?
You feel like there's nothing special about you that makes you stand out.
You just don't have that talent, the look, the charisma, or whatever
that Mr/Mrs Perfect has...
Or you do have something but no one seems to be interested in?
So, you feel down..., discouraged?
Well, think again!
Each of us has amazing potential to become someone whom we are dreaming of...
And sometimes...
the ugliest duckling can turn into the prettiest swan just like a fairy tale.

Here is the story of one lonely potato...

 I had this one potato sitting lonely on my counter for a few days. 
No one in my house noticed he was there. He just looks plain old boring.
There is nothing flash about him based on his look.
If I did not know what potatoes could become, 
I would probably have him thrown away.
But I believed that this ugly duckling has a tremendous potential to become something great,
...with a little bit of his self recognizance and TLC from his master.

So, this is a show I made for him and I am inviting you to join us.
Camera?.... Action!

First, remove his cloth. Yeah, I want him to be total naked!
If you are too shy to see him naked, keep his clothe on.
You need to slice him thinly first and cut into 1/8" thick sticks.

Give him a shower first to clean his body.
Put him in a bowl and let him soak for 2 minutes.
So they don't stick to each other later on by removing some of the starch.

Drain him well.

Chop up one garlic. She will be his fragrance.

Heat 1 Tbsp of oil in a non stick pan over medium heat.
Add garlic and stir for 5 seconds.

Dump the potatoes and stir-fry to coat garlic all around him.

Cover the lid and cook for 1- 2 minutes.

Add salt. Taste him to see if he is tender and well seasoned. 
I use kosher salt.
Cook for 1-2 more minute without the lid this time, 
stirring gently occasionally. Check again.
If he is not done, cook for 1-2 more minutes on and off with lid.
Adjust amount of salt as you like.

When he is all nice and tender the way you like, 
sprinkle some sesame seeds and pepper on him.
Stir gently. At this stage he is fragile.
That's all.
A simple makeover and he looks fabulous!
He will be a great side dish to any meal.

Mr. Potato found his true identity and he is off to Broadway.
If you still think the potato is boring, think again. 
In the eyes of his master he is worth millions$$$
and YOU are, too!
The End.

Pan Fried Potatoes
(Gamja Bokkeum, 감자볶음)
serves 2 as side dish

One large baking potato such as Russet potato
 1T grape seed oil or canola oil
1 small garlic chopped
dashes of kosher or sea salt 
dashes of pepper
1t roasted sesame seeds

1 Peel off the skin from the potato. You can keep the skin on if you like. Rub the skin with brush to clean. Slice the potato in to 1/8" thick and cut into 1/8" sticks.

2 Rinse the potatoes in the water and soak them in a bowl filled with water for 2 minutes to remove some starches. Drain the potatoes and set a side.

3 Heat oil in a non stick pan over medium heat. Add garlic and stir it for 5 seconds. Add potatoes and stir them well to coat with garlic. Cover with lid and cook for 2 minutes.

4 Season with salt and cook 1-2 more minute without the lid.  Taste the potatoes if they are soft. If not, continue to cook for 1-2 minutes with the lid on and off.
When potatoes are tender with a little body, sprinkle some sesame seeds and pepper. Toss gently

5 Serve warm or on room temperature.

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At May 26, 2010 at 5:10 PM , Anonymous Jux said...

This cute story was simply fabulous!!! I loved the way you presented Mr. Potato in all his glory, joy and mmmmm flavor!!!
And I just realized I have one sibbling from your Mr. Potato here in my kitchen - time for him to have a very very happy begining!!!
Big hug!!!

At May 26, 2010 at 6:33 PM , Blogger beyondkimchee said...

My Mr. Potato wouldn't mind having many brothers worldwide! :)
Thanks for your kind words. You are such a sweet person. I wish I can understand the language in your blog, I believe it is Portuguese?
Big hug to you too.

At May 26, 2010 at 8:07 PM , Anonymous Jux said...

Hi darling!!!
Thank you for your kindness and thank you for welcoming me on your "virtual" castle!

It's a great joy to visit your blog daily - have you seen the "small" blog roll on my "virtual garden"? I visit them everyday - yours included!!!

Yes, most of my writings are in Portuguese, coz most of my readers only speak Portuguese! I'm planning to write in english more often, specially about my cooking adventures and knitting challenges, but for now I'm working in Brazil - I'm on business trip here - and I badly have no time at all for my kitchen experiments =(

I'm counting days to go back home (in a small island north of Germany), where I have my sweetheart waiting for me!!! (yuuppppiee!!!)

Thank you for your sweet words as well and I see what a gentle person you are (ok, I don't know you in person, but through your texts and the sensitiveness from your photos, I feel the creative and kind heart you have!

Another big hug to you - and my Herr Kartofell (Mr Potato in german) sends happy regards to his adorable korean sibbling =D

(ohhh girl, I tell you: it was soooo good!!!)

At May 27, 2010 at 1:23 AM , Blogger tigerfish said...

Save the lonely potato by eating them :D

At May 27, 2010 at 2:50 AM , Blogger beyondkimchee said...

It will be his honor to be eaten by any decent human being :P

At May 28, 2010 at 8:35 AM , Anonymous Rachael said...

김치(닉네임이 있으신가요?)님의 포스팅 볼때마다 정갈한 음식에 푹 빠져 행복한 기분이 들곤 했어요.
저는 미국에 살고 있는 음식만들기 좋아하고 먹는것도
즐기는 주부랍니다. 새로운 포스팅 올라올때마다 열심히
글 읽고 감사히 레서피 참고하도록 할께요 : )
So beautiful korean food!!

At May 28, 2010 at 10:31 PM , Blogger beyondkimchee said...

Hello Rachel!
저의 포스팅이 행복함을 가져다준다니 더없이 큰 영광이군요. 자주 방문해주셔서 감사합니다.
음식을 통해서 다른사람들과 교류하는 기쁨이 큽니다. 좋은 하루되세요!

At March 2, 2012 at 9:38 AM , Anonymous Anaa said...

you are amazing story teller !
I have been an ardent potato fan since childhood & I love this recipe .
I was feeling little down and it made me smile.



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