Saturday, November 10, 2012

Spicy Squid BokkEum

You may be wondering what on earth is this dish all about. The name of the dish is simply a Korean spicy squid dish. It can be a side dish or a main dish. 

One of the dishes I ate in Korea recently was this spicy squid dish with pork. This dish left a deep impression on me so I googled for the recipe and managed to find a suitable one. However, just like the one I ate, I added pork as well.

Recipe adapted from Aeri's Kitchen


  • 2 small squids, cut into rings
  • 1 slab of pork loin, sliced
  • 1 yellow onion, cut into 1/8 parts
  • 1 carrot, sliced diagonally
  • 2 stalks spring onions, chopped
  • half head cabbage, sliced
  • 2 stalks spring onions, cut into 1-1.5 inches in length
  • water
Sauce Ingredients:

  • 2-4 tbsp red pepper paste (gochujang) (depending on the spicyness level you can take)
  • 1 tsp to 1 tbsp red pepper powder (depending on the spicyness level you can take)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp cooking wine
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1-2 dashes of white pepper powder
before cooking - marinated squid and pork

  1. Mix all the ingredients together with the sauce ingredients.
  2. Marinate the ingredients overnight for full absorption of flavours.
  3. Preheat your wok or pan.
  4. Pour all the ingredients into the pan.
  5. Add the cabbage.
  6. Add suitable amount of water to allow the squid and pork to simmer in the gravy. Allow to simmer for about 5 minutes or till almost cooked. *Remember not to overcook the squid.
  7. Add the spring onions and fry for another 1 minute then turn off heat.
  8. Serve while hot with rice.
It is that easy, right? I absolutely love one dish meals where it's so easy, wholesome but yet filling for the tummy. Do try as it doesn't take alot of time. Didn't manage to take the final picture of how it looks like when it was cooked because it was gone in no time ;)

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