Today, I will show you how to make one of my favorite Korean side dishes. For this dish, you need a special kind of fish: half dried pollack, which is called “CoDaRi” in Korean. Usually, you can find it in any Korean or Asian store. It has the right amount of salt already added. This dish is a little sweet with a slightly spicy taste. Since it is a half-dried fish, it has good texture for eating. Plus, it is a side dish that keeps longer in the refrigerator than other side dishes. We call this kind of delicious side dish as a “rice thief” (밥 도둑=Bap DoDuk) in Korea because it is easy to finish your bowl of rice quickly without other side dishes. haha … Without noticing much, your rice will be gone. Oops, it sounds dangerous for your diet. =P My husband tried it for the first time the other day, and he liked it. I just wish I could have gotten fresher fish, because then it would have been even more delicious. Anyway, I highly recommend that you try this for your meal someday. Thanks!
Yield: 6 Servings
Short Korean Lesson
- DoDuk (도둑) = Thief
- JoRim (조림) = A way to cook Korean food: Cook some ingredients with sauce or broth until the liquid becomes thick.
- 1 Pack CoDaRi (1 Half Dried Pollack /About 13 oz)
- 2 Green Onions
- 2 Cups Water
- ¼ Cup Soy Sauce
- 2 Tbsp Red Pepper Powder
- 2 Tbsp Sugar
- 2 Tbsp Corn Syrup
- 2 Tbsp Canola (or Vegetable) Oil
- 1⅓ Tbsp Minced Garlic
- 2 Pinches Ginger Powder
- 2 Pinches Black Pepper
If you buy whole half-dried pollack, cut it into 2 inch pieces and remove the fins with scissors. I bought precut frozen CoDaRi.
In a bowl, combine all of the ingredients for the sauce except corn syrup: 2 cups water, ¼ cup soy sauce, 2 Tbsp red pepper powder, 2 Tbsp sugar, 2 Tbsp canola (or vegetable) oil, 1⅓ Tbsp minced garlic, 2 pinches ginger powder, and 2 pinches black pepper. Mix.
In a pan, place all of the fish.
Pour the sauce mixture on top of the fish. Cook it for about 10 minutes on medium. The broth will start to thicken.
After 10 minutes, add 2 Tbsp of corn syrup and increase the temperature to medium-high. Cook for another 10 to 15 minutes.
The broth will be reduced in half. Be careful not to burn it, so keep an eye on it.
Add 2 chopped green onions, and cook for 5 more minutes on high. You can see that I increased the temperature slowly.
When it is done, the liquid will be like a thick sauce. This looks absolutely delicious.
Keep this in the refrigerator and serve it with rice. You can keep it at least for 10 days in the refrigerator. The only problem is, you will finish this within few days since it is very delicious. hehe … Thanks for visiting my blog. Please come back more often!