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Mushroom Topokki
& Ginseng Juice

 

Nicole, one of the members of KARA, has changed. After a painstaking effort, she succeeded in losing weight and getting a good body shape. Her recent success boosted her self-confidence so that she is really busy posting the photos that show off her slim face line on Twitter. Recently, she made public her diet list, and the first item on it is mushrooms.
Mushrooms are low in calories, but make you feel full. That’s why they are so effective for you if you want to lose weight. A variety of mushrooms are produced in Korea - pine mushroom, enokitake, button mushroom, king oyster mushroom, shiitake mushroom, and so on. Among these, enokitake and king oyster mushrooms are most actively exported abroad. Korean mushrooms have a soft and chewy taste just like meat.
The fragrance is weak so - fried, roasted, or boiled down - they make a good ingredient for any dish. But the best fit is to use mushrooms for the sweet and spicy topokki that foreigners like so much. The chewy taste of the mushrooms matches well with the spicy sauce of topokki, so the dish makes our mouths water while helping us to build a healthy body.
It is no surprise, then, that mushroom topokki is one of the Nicole’s favorite recipes. After having mushroom topokki, Nicole usually enjoys drinking Korean ginseng juice. Well, it’s a waste of time and energy trying to write about the virtues of Korean ginseng. Assuming you are already well aware of the strengths of Korean ginseng, but are really reluctant to eat it because of the bitter taste, you can have it in the Nicole style. It is a honeyed way to get all the nutrition of ginseng.

How to Make Mushroom Topokki (One serving)
For Topokki: tteok (rice cake), mushroom, spring onion, crushed garlic, water, gochujang (hot red pepper paste), soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil

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1. Cut all the ingredients into bite size pieces. Tear mushrooms along the grain.

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2. Boil some water in a pot. When the water starts boiling, add the gochujang and dissolve it.

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3. Put tteok in the pot. Once the tteok is fully cooked, add all other ingredients.

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4. Mix well until the tteok is fully coated with the sauce.

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Nicole’s Tip!

To keep the fragrance and nutrients of mushrooms, rinse them in running water. Before cooking, put the tteok in the lukewarm water. This will make it more chewy than usual.


How to Make Ginseng Juice (One serving)

For ginseng juice: Korean ginseng, milk, honey

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1. Cut Korean ginseng into small pieces.

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2. Pour the Korean ginseng, milk, and honey into a blender.
 

Park Sung Eun  parkse@agrinet.co.kr

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