Jaden's Treats


The Daring Cooks’ March 2012 Challenge – Brave the Braise!

Spicy Chicken Bokkeum Tang

Since I have a love/infatuation with Korean food, I decided to make a spicy braised chicken dish that is a popular Korean dish,  that I saw on the YouTube channel of Aeris Kitchen. She makes AWESOME Korean traditional dishes, and I have made several of them at my home, they are certifiably dee-lishus! O_o makes me hungry thinking about this recipe! I made this dish and as a side I made white rice and paired it with my homemade kimchi, also a recipe found on her channel!



Spicy food is my favorite, Korean food has the spice you need! It’s Salty, Sweet, Crunchy, Soft the flavors of Korean food will make anyone want to come back for more! Korean food consists of a meat dish, soup, rice and banchan, which is little vegetable and meet side dishes … like kimchi, pickled radish, seasoned dried squid, steamed or fried egg lots of things and all are tasty and unique in flavor! If you ever get the chance to try Korean food, jump at the chance, its a great experience!

Well lets start!!!!

Main Ingredients

  • 1 Whole Chicken, (i used chicken chicken thighs, you can use any cut of chicken you want!)
  • 2 Cups Onion
  • 2 Cups Potato
  • 1 Cup Carrot (i didn’t have any carrots!)
  • 3 Green Onions
  • 1-2 Hot Peppers (Optional, I used 1 ghost chili)
  • 1½ Cup Water

For Chicken

  • 1 Tbsp Cooking Wine
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • ⅛ tsp Black Pepper Powder

Sauce Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp Red Pepper Paste
  • 1 Tbsp Red Pepper Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Soy Sauce
  • ½ Tbsp Cooking Wine
  • 1 Tbsp Sugar ( i used truvia, a sugar substitute)
  • 1 Tbsp Honey or Corn Syrup (i used honey)
  • 2 Tbsp Minced Garlic
  • 1 tsp Sesame Seeds
  • 1 tsp Sesame Oil
  • 1 Pinch Black Pepper Powder


Cut the chicken into 2×2 inch pieces. Don’t remove the skin, fat, or bones because that gives it good flavor.
Marinate the chicken with 1 Tbsp of cooking wine, ¼ tsp of salt, and ⅛ tsp of black pepper powder for at least 10 minutes.
Combine 5 Tbsp of red pepper paste, 3 Tbsp of red pepper powder, 2 Tbsp of soy sauce, ½ Tbsp of cooking wine, 1 Tbsp of sugar, 1 Tbsp of corn syrup, 2 Tbsp of minced garlic, 1 tsp of sesame seeds, 1 tsp of sesame oil, and 1 pinch of black pepper powder.
Mix the ingredients.
Cut 2 cups of onions, 2 cups of potatoes, 1 cup of carrots, 3 green onions, and 1 or 2 hot peppers into big chunk (1 or 1½ inch cubes).
Place the chicken in a big pan.
Add the potatoes, onions, and carrots on top of the chicken.
Pour the sauce on top.
Then pour 1½ cup of water on it.
While it is cooking, occasionally stir it so that all of the ingredients get covered with the sauce. Cook it for 30 to 35 minutes on high, or until the chicken and potatoes are completely cooked.
Reduce the temperature to low and add the green onions along with the hot peppers. Cook 2 more minutes and then turn off the heat. If you don’t want your food too spicy, skip the hot peppers.

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2nd Edition of Korean Grocery Snacks….


This is the 2nd installment of the Korean grocery store snacks. This episode features salty and sweet chips, crackers and a spicy pickled fruit! Usually I am not one for chips…I like a crisp now and then, but i rarely keep them in the house for myself….Jaden loves them, so we keep them in the house for him! This was a very interesting taste test, to say the least, Korean snacks are not quite like American snacks…they have many different types of chips…our chips consist of potatoes or corn chips…theirs consisted of ramyun, sweet potato even seafood! Yup that’s right seafood…our goldfish crackers are made of cheese, their’s are made from shrimp…Shrimp flavor crackers seem to be a big thing in Asian cultures…I have seen them in Japanese stores, Thai stores and now my local Korean store! While I like my shrimp on a skewer or scampi’ed I don’t think I can get into fish flavor crackers! We sampled some really yummy snacks and can’t wait to share our experience with you! It took us a while to edit these…were aren’t pro’s sooo we hope u like them.


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Korean Frozen Snacks ….Long awaited

mashiss oh yo

mashiss oh yo

This is the start of the Korean Grocery Store series….I am soooo excited to do this! I think everyone should try a series like this, whether it be a Thai food store, Authentic Italian food, African food, whatever it may be, you should try it…it opens up your mind to different foods other cultures make everyday.   Well we started off this series with Frozen Pre-made treats, Ice creams, sweet pastries and rice cakes…I tried my best to say the Korean names of the treats, but I TOTALLY BUTCHERED it. I have also come to the conclusion that my hubby is THEE worst cameraman ever! LoL We shot this video late into the night…and then the next day I caught a cold from my niece (good times!!!) I have been popping cough drops like they were gum drops 😦 … but i told myself that I was going to post this video!

                            WARNING!!!!: MY HUSBAND IS THE WORST CAMERAMAN ALIVE!!!! 

Part 1– in this episode we try mango mochi sherbet bonbons and Sweet Corn ice bar! the bonbon were awesome, they have a thin layer of mango flavored rice cake encasing a mango sherbet…completely delicious! The Sweet Corn Ice Bar…well ummmm I let my hubby test that one…the little piece I tried, it wasn’t bad, it tastes like a creamed corn ice cream with chunks of kernels in it. I wouldn’t try it again, but i can at least say that I have had ice cream made from corn! CAN YOU SAY THAT?! LoL

Part 2– in this episode we try a Samancho fish ice cream, its not really made from fish, it is in the shape of a fish and its filled with vanilla ice cream and sweetened red bean paste. I loved the vanilla ice cream, the cone was tasty and light, the red bean paste was …. red beany….sweet…and beany! LoL its was a good combination, a little too sweet for me, but good…my hubby ate the whole thing! GREEDY MUCH!

Part 3– in this episode, we had the hardest time with these delicacies..LoL… Sweet Bean Bun and Green Bean Bread! I have come to the conclusion that I don’t like sweet beans, I barely like sweet peas…sooooo I should have known! LoL Well here it is…

Part 4 – in this final episode, we try goong joong ddak…I hope I got that right…its Sweet Rice Cakes filled with red bean paste and rolled in 5 different powders.

  1. Sesame,
  2. Black Sesame,
  3. Red Bean Powder,
  4. Munch Bean Powder, and
  5. Soy Bean Powder

This is the last of the videos for this series….next up will be chips and cracker type snacks. I have been sick so I will be posting the next video on next Saturday as well….WE WERE going to do a Ramyeon taste test…but anything spicy is burning my sick little throat!


P.S. my hubby is the worst cameraman ever!

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Korean snacks/desserts

My hubby and I will be doing a series on Korean snacks and desserts! This will include salty snacks, sweet snacks everything. Some snacks will be pre made and some will need to be prepared! I can not wait to start this series….we will start off with some frozen treats! I work by a Korean grocery store … so this was a great opportunity to try this series out! The store has everything you would want and need to stock up your Korean kitchen, or in my case my mock Korean wanna be pantry! 🙂 I will be posting a video once or twice a week….depending on what I find….I am willing to go out of my culinary comfort zone and try new tastes….I’m not a fan of sweet potato anything, and sesame seed in my food should be at a minimum….so yea this is going to be fun sooooo I can’t wait!

First series will be frozen treats! Soooo stay tuned!

Jaden’s Treats


New found love to All things Korean! >.<


Korean Flag

About 4-5mos ago, my hubby introduced me to K-pop, which stands for Korean Pop, this peaked my interests as to what else Korea might have to offer! I am a YouTube fanatic, and started to do searches for K-pop, which leads you to videos and even K-Variety/K-Drama (K-TV). the difference between the 2 is the K-Variety(Korean variety) is like comedy/reality TV shows and K-Dramas is like Korean soap operas. Both are really entertaining to watch, you see the big differences in American TV from Korean TV. One big thing that I see from a lot of the Korean Variety, is that they tend to be on the family oriented side, no cursing, no nudity…everyone seems to bond together like a family and they get along; unlike reality shows in america, where you watch it in discretion with your kids and sometimes even your spouse (LoL)! Korean Dramas are where you find the juicy things that make Korean girls and boys, sometimes adults, blush…these taboo shows show everything from holding hands (gasp), kissing on the cheek or lips (cover your eyes), gazing into each others eyes (OMG!) and sometimes even ….i can’t bare to say it…sometimes even hugging! LoL!!



Well back to K-Pop, is a musical genre consisting of dance, electropop, hip hop, rock, and R&B music originating in South Korea. Korean pop and American pop are totally 2 different things…it seems all K-pop has a rap section in it, most are bubbly with bright colors, flashing lights and cutesy (think Britney Spears before the 2 kids and K-fed, the “HIT ME BABY, ONE MORE TIME” Britney!!!) some of the K-pop can be edgy and sexy and make you want want to get up and do a sexy dance…not that I do that or anything …moving on! If you want to hear  K-pop and don’t know where to start…. YouTube search – EAT YOUR KIMCHI, they have a great channel and inform foreigners about everything Korean. It’s because of them, that I branched out to learn more about Korea…and also why I am going back to school so that I can teach English in Korea!

I have become a big fan of all things Korean, food, music, movies and TV…though Korean food is an acquired taste, it is worth the try.Koreans love to eat and their diets consist lots of veggie sides, rices, seafood, poultry and meat in general…and if you have ever been to a Korean restaurant and had galbi, (it’s marinated grilled meats, mostly ribs…but they has dak galbi, dak = chicken) you would love Korean food, if your vegetable…they have great stews, soups, sides are mostly veggies (sometimes you might get a cuttlefish side or fish cake, so make sure you ask what things are!) Kimchi is fermented spicy cabbage, I HATE SAUERKRAUT but I LOVE KIMCHI; its have a tart-spicy-crunchy-salty taste and its just awesome, you have to try it!

Well this concludes my Korean random thought of the day/night….but if you would like to know more, about Korean things… Google it or YouTube it…you won’t be sorry! TRUST ME!


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