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March 28, 2011

Fish Cakes with Vegetables, busy life easy recipe


Everyone is busy these days. 
And that "Everyone" wants quick and easy, no brainier recipes.
So here is one I can offer that can be prepared less than 15 minutes from start to finish, only "if" you can slice 1 green pepper, 1/2 onion and 1/2 carrot within 5 minutes and 30 seconds. 
I bet you can. 
And did I say you only need one flavoring ingredient to season this fabulous dish? 
...the bottled Oyster sauce! That's all.
 Fish cakes are commonly used all over in Asia.  I love them.
They are made with ground fish meat mixed in various types of starch and other ingredients such as vegetables or other types of seafood like shrimps or squids.
I am using ones with vegetable and squid mixed in. You can use any kind of fish cakes for this recipe. 
It is almost embarrassing to call it a recipe though....


 I used things that are lingering in my fridge always. Green pepper, onion, carrot, garlic, oyster sauce, sesame seeds, and fish cakes (thawed if frozen).

 First, it is always good idea to give these fishy guys hot shower to get rid of extra coated oil. Blot them with paper towel to dry them.

Slice the cakes any way you like.

Slice these vegetable quartets as well, even garlic. I would slice the carrot as thin as possible though.

Heat oil over medium heat and saute garlic and carrots first for 2 minutes to soften their hearts.

 Then add the rest of the family to reunite with them. Saute until crisp tender, sort of...

 Dump the fish cakes and let them socialize with the others in the party.

 Add the oyster sauce and stir well.

 This is an optional, but will give very nice "bling-bling"-like shine to these guys.
Oh, it is corn syrup by the way.  Drizzle and stir.

Sprinkle some sesame seeds. I used both white and black seeds.
My quick lunch was prepared in no time.

I know I could have eaten the leftover chicken casserole from last night's dinner 
that nobody cared for.
But I am saving that for leftover night... :)
I bet the chicken in the casserole will be happier
if the entire family around the dinner table stares at him once again.

Life goes on,
as busy as always...
What should I make for dinner?

Fish Cakes with Vegetables
(어묵조림, uhmook jorim)

1 lb fish cakes of your choice (Korean style)
1 Tbsp grape seed oil or canola oil
1/2  medium carrot, julienne thinly
1 garlic cloves, sliced
1/2 large onion, sliced
1 green pepper, sliced
1-1 1/2 Tbsp oyster sauce
1 Tbsp corn syrup, optional
some sesame seeds

Rinse the fish cakes with hot water, blot them with paper towel and slice them into desired size.
Heat oil in the skillet over medium heat and saute carrots and garlic to soften, about 2 minutes.  Add onion and pepper and stir-fry for 2-3 minute. Add the fish cakes and continue to stir-fry until the vegetables are crisp tender. Add the oyster sauce and stir well. Add corn syrup if you desire glistening shine. Sprinkle sesame seeds over. Serve hot or at room temperature with rice.

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At March 28, 2011 at 6:45 AM , Anonymous Tastes of Home (Jen) said...

Love this! We have a similar dish too, stir-fried fish cakes with vegetables, but just no sesame seeds :)

At March 28, 2011 at 7:06 AM , Anonymous tofugirl said...

Yum! I love fish cakes too but I feel bad eating them too often (too much salt and fillers!) of these days I'll have to learn to make my own fish cakes.

At March 29, 2011 at 12:31 AM , Anonymous Cara Craves... said...

I find those fish cakes to be quite addictive.
They are often served in our school cafeteria at
(I teach in a middle school in South Korea)

At March 29, 2011 at 2:19 PM , Anonymous julie {chef julie yoon} said...

i love making this too, and i add the optional corn syrup for the "bling bling" shine as well, but I never thought to use oyster sauce. But that's genius, because it does skip a lot of steps and extra ingredients. Good thinkin!


At March 29, 2011 at 2:45 PM , Anonymous beyondkimchee said...

Thanks, Julie. Oyster sauce is becoming more adaptable to Korean cooking these days.

At March 29, 2011 at 2:49 PM , Anonymous beyondkimchee said...

I know what you mean. Let me know when you make home-made fish cakes. I would love to see how they can be made. I never tried making them myself either.

At March 30, 2011 at 1:26 PM , Anonymous pigpigscorner said...

Fish cakes are really handy! I always keep a few packets in the freezer for lazy and busy times.

At March 31, 2011 at 11:24 AM , Anonymous Jessie said...

We lived in Busan (Damaji) between 2006-2009, my girl used to like bibimba the rice in a hot stone bowl, after she got trained with the flavour of the rice there, we could hardly find the same anywhere ... I wonder if you from Busan? what are the skill or secret of making the bibimba?

At March 31, 2011 at 4:56 PM , Anonymous beyondkimchee said...


I am from Tongyoung, about 2 hours west of Busan.
I have posted Bibimbap recipe a while ago. You should be able to find the
recipe (with the tips of making the dish in a stone pot) in my recipe index.
Look for Bibimbap.

Making Bibimbap is a little time consuming work but it is worth the effort
since it can feed lots of people and the vegetables can be stored in the
fridge for quite a while. Just follow my instruction in the recipe and try
my chili bibim sauce to go with. Hope you and your girl would enjoy it.




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