another_adam

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"Hooray, now we can make ddeokguk in the middle of winter in Iowa, when it's hard to drive all the way to the nearest Korean market! I made some ddeok tonight, and I have two observations: 1) I made my own rice flour according to your recipe, and maybe it wasn't as "thirsty" as the commercial one— when I added 3/4 cup to 2 cups of flour, the result was actually quite wet and paste-like, not a crumbly dough at all! After the first couple minutes in the microwave, it was becoming quite hard and glue-like, but I just broke it up and mixed it some more and microwaved it more, and everything turned out OK in the end. I pounded it for a few minutes and then I put it in the KitchenAid with the dough hook for a couple minutes, and it got nice and smooth and elastic. 2) I had tried an earlier batch, putting it directly into the KitchenAid from the microwave, and pounding it afterwards. That didn't work nearly as well, since the result turned out a little bit "rough" (not as perfectly smooth). I think it might end up tasting OK still, but it just seems a little more rustic/homemade, and less refined :) So, it seems that the key for smoothest texture if you're lazy is pounding first, and then KitchenAid afterwards!"
in Garaetteok (cylinder-shaped rice cakes for tteokguk or tteokbokki) — Jan/13

"They are indeed one of the bigger Asian markets in Des Moines, but have very little Korean stuff. (You can find buchu, at least, but I didn't see perilla or anything like that). I think I saw one container of gochujang in a fridge case, but that was just about it for Korean items. I think there might even be more Korean stuff in the New Oriental Market downtown (at least I found Korean noodles there, like dangmyun for japchae, which I couldn't find at Double Dragon). The prices are generally good, but the freshness/quality/cleanliness can really vary, so you have to be alert..."
in Double Dragon Food Market — Jul/11

"Drove by A&A the other day and it appears to be shuttered for good (for lease signs up in the windows). Can't find any indication that they've moved, so unfortunately they might just be out of business?"
in A & A supermarket — Jul/11

"Yes, we've been impressed with the selection of goods at Chong's! One weak point is produce and refrigerated items (sometimes all the kimchi seems very overfermented, and there is moldy tofu or ddeok) but for most kinds of pantry items, it's great and saves a trip to HMart in Chicago!"
in Chong’s Supermarket — Jul/11

"Kong guksu is one of my favorite foods, but for a long time I was the only one at home who liked it, so I didn't make it very often. Thanks to your recipe, I got inspired to make it during the recent hot weather, and suddenly I get requests for it often! We've made it 4 times in the last couple weeks. Yay! (We even figured out that whole wheat fettucini works OK for the noodles, while trying to make it in rural Iowa, where guksu is not so easy to find!)"
in Soy milk noodle soup (Kongguksu) — Aug/10

"Oh, you were in my neighborhood! :) And it also looks like you discovered the one way to get good Korean food in Boston! haha (i.e., make it at home...)"
in Leaving for Costa Rica — Mar/10