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When I was in Korea, broccoli wasn’t easy to find, so it wan’t a familiar vegetable in Korean cuisine. I only saw in specialty import shops in local markets and in the imported food section at large department stores. Probably it’s more widely available in Korea these days, but at that time it was a specialty item. But of course here in New York City I can find it anywhere, at a reasonable price
I’ve never liked raw broccoli – I just don’t like the texture. It’s too tough, and no matter how much I chew it, it never seems to get chewed enough. And the aftertaste is not that good, either. So I have to put a bit of work into this nutritious vegetable before I like to eat it, usually by pickling or steaming.
One of my favorite BBQ places of all time is Fette Sau in Brooklyn. They make a delicious broccoli salad as a side dish for their BBQ and customers never miss ordering it with their beef brisket, including me. It’s really tasty, but it has a lot of olive oil, so it looks and tastes really oily. It’s ok once in a while, but I couldn’t eat it all the time.
One time after going to Fette Sau, I got the idea for this recipe. When I came home, I experimented with steaming methods to figure out how to do it without hassle. I also worked on reducing the amount of oil and added crushed chili peppers and vinegar, which makes it a little Korean. The taste turned out fantastic, and I knew that I wanted to share this recipe with all my readers!
Springtime is here, so it’s a great time to eat this fresh vegetable, and this recipe makes it even fresher and brighter. BBQ season is right around the corner, so when you eat this, don’t forget to say: “Let’s eat a broccoli tree!” : )
Posted Friday, April 5th, 2013 at 1:36 pm
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Originally posted on April 5, 2013 at 1:36 pm by Maangchi
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