One place I do like to eat at, when visiting London, is Kimchee on the Strand. This is a Korean eatery which sells a range of dishes such as dosirak.
A true taste of Korea! All our dosirak boxes are filled with a selection of traditional Korean dishes giving you the ultimate meal in one handy box!
Crispy fried chicken cooked in sweet chilli sauce, steamed cabbage and carrot mix, steamed rice, a side of chicken dumpling [mandu], broccoli and sweet omelette.
Having decided to try and cook something similar at home, I was slightly disappointed that my usual places didn’t seem to sell Korean spices or sauces. Plenty of other types of cuisine, but not Korean.
However at my local Marks and Spencer’s they, as part of their stir fry meal deal, did have a Korean BBQ sauce, so I thought, let’s try that and see what happens.
I marinade some diced chicken thigh in the sauce before stir frying in my wok. This didn’t really work as I thought it would and the chicken rather than being stir fried, was more cooked in the sauce. I removed the chicken and then added some vegetables, which were stir fried. Once they were nearly cooked I added back the cooked chicken.
Overall it wasn’t that good. Certainly nothing like the Kimchee experience, looks like I will have to try harder. I think next time I would just add some dry spices to the chicken, then cook it. I am also going to seek out a more authentic supplier of Korean spices and marinades.