International Women’s Club Durban – Masterchef Competition

UWC Durban Cooking Club

Hosting 26 lovely ladies from the IWC Durban Cooking Club on Friday 9th March, was super exciting for Crazy Koreans Kwangjeon (KJ) and Chef Lim. On arrival the ladies chatted on the deck of Oceans23 before entering the dining area.

The morning started with a demonstration by Chef Lim on thinly slicing the vegetables and seafood needed for 해물파전 – Hae Mul Pa Jeon (ENG) Click for recipe. Everybody watched carefully, as he expertly flipped the pancake over – knowing that they would have to do the same, when the competition started. Next up was was the careful preparation of vegetables for 불고기전골 – Bul Go Gi JeonGol (ENG) Click for recipe. Presentation is very important in Korean food, so when judging the various teams, Chef Lim would be looking at slicing technique, texture and presentation.

“Your time starts now!” 7 teams of 3-4 ladies enthusiastically began the slicing and dicing, the noise level rose substantially and it was fantastic to hear and see everyone enjoying themselves. The pancake flipping was such fun, getting the timing right was very important – also making sure it was the correct colour was critical too. Team 7 were the winners of 4 infamous bottles of Crazy Korean Kalbi sauce, 축하합니다 – Congratulations!

Then it was time to sit down and enjoy the delicious Korean food the ladies had made. Crazy Korean staff added some bap (밥) – short grain sticky rice , ban-chan (계절별반찬) – seasonal side dishes and those who wanted to, toasted the success of the morning with Korean alcohol Soju and three shouts of Geon-bae (건배) – Cheers! Cheers! Cheers!

If you are interested in booking a cooking demonstration the cost is R250 per person, minimum 12 people. To book please email us on info@crazykorean.co.za 

어서 오십시오! Eo-seo-o-ship-shio! Welcome! Invitation to book for lunch or dinner

Yipeeeeeee, the day has come when Crazy Korean gets to invite all our English speaking friends to join our guests for either lunch or dinner.

We now have a new home at Oceans23, a Durban Korean Guesthouse at 23 The Prominade, GlenAshley – right next to the Indian Ocean, the sand dunes and waves are literally meters from our doorstep.

We invite you to book for either lunch (from 12-2pm) or dinner (5:30-9pm) Monday to Saturday. You will be joining our guesthouse patrons for a unique homestyle dining experience. Bookings need to be made in advance, by calling KJ on 079 460 9107 or emailing info@crazykorean.co.za – we require a minimum of four people and advance notice of set menu choice (see below). Please feel free to BYOB, we charge a corkage of R20 per person, a range of soft drinks are available.

What to expect? Koreans generally eat communally, so often dishes will be placed in the centre of the table and shared.  This is why we need a minimum number of people per booking. As this is a guesthouse, please don’t expect a full waitering service, our staff’s English is limited, this is all part of the authentic experience. The cutlery provided are chopsticks and spoons, a limited number of knives and forks are available on request. On completion of the meal, it is customary for the table not be cleared, once you have finished eating. Just sit back and enjoy the conversation, we will clear up after you have left.

We can’t wait to take your booking and introduce you to a wider range of Korean food now that your tastebuds were excited by our market streetfood.

Photos below are thanks to Tamas Szilagyi and his Derivco Supper club.

Kam-sa-ham-ni-da from the Crazy Korean Team

INTRODUCTION TO KOREAN FOOD

SET MENU 1 – MILD

(min 4 people) R200 per person

  • Hae-mul Pa-jeon (해물파전)

Seafood and spring onion pancake. Vegetarian option available.

  • Dol-sot Bi-bim-bap (돌솥 비빔밥)

A mix of rice, beef and vegetables cooked with garlic and sesame oil, topped with an egg yolk and go-chu-jang (Korean chilli paste) served in a hot sizzling stone bowl, this allows the rice to turn golden and crispy on the bottom. Vegetarian option available.

  • Bul-go-gi Jeon-gol (불고기전골)

Marinated and stir fried beef cooked with glass noodles and vegetables.

These dishes are served with three Ban-chan (계절별 반찬) – seasonal side dishes.


SET MENU 2 – SPICY

(min 4 people) R200 per person

  • Hae-mul Pa-jeon (해물파전)

Seafood and spring onion pancake. Vegetarian option available.

  • Dol-sot Bi-bim-bap (돌솥 비빔밥)

A mix of rice, beef and vegetables cooked with garlic and sesame oil, topped with an egg yolk and go-chu-jang (Korean chilli paste) served in a hot sizzling stone bowl, this allows the rice to turn golden and crispy on the bottom. Vegetarian option available.

  • Jae-yuk Bo-kum (제육볶음)

Spicy stir-fried pork with assorted vegetables

These dishes are served with Sam-chae-so (쌈채소) – side dishes  for wrapping. This is lettuce, chilli, garlic and ssamjang sauce(상추, 고추, 마늘, 쌈장)

These dishes are served with three Ban-chan (계절별 반찬) – seasonal side dishes.


SET MENU 3 – MIXED

(min 4 people) R300 per person

  • Bi-bim Guk-su (비빔국수)

Sweet and sour spicy noodle and veg salad

  • Cho-bap (초밥) and Hae-mul Pa-jeon (해물파전)

Beef sushi (seared at the table), egg sushi (with seaweed wrap) and / or raw fish sushi (dependent on availability), plus a mini seafood and spring onion pancake. Vegetarian option available.

  • Dol-sot Bi-bim-bap (돌솥 비빔밥) and Kim-chi Ban-chan (김치)

A mix of rice, beef and vegetables cooked with garlic and sesame oil, topped with an egg yolk and go-chu-jang (Korean chilli paste) served in a hot sizzling stone bowl, this allows the rice to turn golden and crispy on the bottom. Vegetarian option available.

  • Dak Gang-jeong (닭강정) or Tang-su-yuk (탕수육)

Delicious sticky chicken breast pieces, coated with a unique Korean hot pepper paste – this is a Crazy Korean market special or a Korean-Chinese sweet and sour pork dish.

  • Bul-go-gi Jeon-gol (불고기전골) or So- gal-bi (소갈비) or Tak-gal-bi (갈비)

Marinated and stir fried beef cooked with glass noodles and vegetables

or

Special-cut beef short rib marinated in galbi sauce and grilled until caramelized.

or

Sweetly marinated deboned chicken thigh – this is a Crazy Korean market special

The last 2 gal-bi dishes are eaten by making lettuce parcels to be eaten in one bite. Tear the lettuce leaf in half or so that it is about the size of your palm. Place the leaf in one hand, then using your other hand, put one piece of meat on top of the lettuce. Then layer on some garlic, chilli (if you like it spicy)and ssamjang sauce. Lastly, wrap the leaf into a little ball, and pop it in your mouth.

  • Mixed fruit (과일) 

SET MENU 4 – JAPANESE SASHIMI MEAL

(min 4 people) R300 per person

  • Bi-bim Guk-su (비빔국수)

Sweet and sour spicy noodle and veg salad

  • Cho-bap (초밥)

A selection of raw fish sushi (dependent on availability)

  • Hue-mu-chim (회무침)

Spicy sashimi salad

  • Sae-u ya-chae-mo-dum twegum (새우 야채 모듬 튀김)

Prawn and Vegetable tempura, Crispy battered vegetables or Japanese tempura, with soya sauce. (Depends on availability of vegetables)

  • Mo-dum-Hae (모듬회)

Mixed platter of Sashimi

  • Mae-Un-Tang (매운탕)

Spicy fish stew made with go-chu-jang, go-chu-ka-ru and various vegetables, served with bowl of short grain rice.

  • Mixed fruit (과일)

 

Crazy Korean has a new home! More details to follow…

Wow we have been quiet for a while now…… with good reason. We have such exciting news…. We have been searching for a place to call home, somewhere that our vision of being at the heart of introducing all things Korean to South Africans could happen….. and we have found it! We are working on getting everything ready and can’t wait to invite you all to our official opening… Menus to finalise, cleaning, painting, renovating, adapting and so much more….

WATCH THIS SPACE FOR MORE DETAILS!

October CRAZINESS!!!!!!!!!!

Shongweni Market David Jenkins

Friends, Cousins, Beat Boxing, Fun Expressions, Maskanda, Cycling Mates, Family Connections, Birthdays, New York Reporters and Two Markets on One Day / meaning two separate teams!!!!!!! Craaaaaaaaaaazy!

October Morning Trade Market

What a journey this has been so far. We are learning a lot, can’t believe we are in our fourth month already! Highlights for us at the markets, are definitely how well we are supported, by family and friends. It is so lovely to see a familiar face visit our stand – and even better when they say the food is awesome. (The Morning Trade, Rooftop Night Market)

October Rooftop Night Market October Shongweni Market

Shongweni Market David Jenkins

Another highlight for us for providing lunch to the talented duo of David Jenkins (Qadasi) and  Maqinga Maqhinga at the Shongweni Farmers Market. We love cross cultural blends – just like us…. But these guys are such talented musicians. Thank you for visiting our stand and enjoying our #koreanstreetfood.

October Morning Trade

In the future we are going to be a bit more scarce, as we found the beginning of this month rather exhausting. If you would like Korean food, then please book and join us for private dining, at Chef Lim’s house in Durban North. Also look out for our “pop up restaurant appearances” coming soon! Please like and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

Kamsahamnida from the Crazy Korean Team

October Shongweni B Team Photo