I saw on my dear friend. Mary‘s Facebook page that her daughter’s oppa (오빠) was in town and Chef Youngcheon Heo was taking orders for Chinese New Year. A true blue Korean? You can’t get any more authentic than that so of course, I placed an order immediately and I told Mary that she could just let me know when the time came and I would drive over to her house to collect myself, no problem at all.

It certainly caught me by surprise when she dropped by my place the other day and passed me EVERYTHING! She said they received too many orders for Chinese New Year so she was giving me mine way ahead of time.

There was this HUGE container of jokbal (족발), the Korean braised pork trotter…

…with all these dips…

…to go with it and yes, it tasted really good. The meat was so so tender and I must say that I was so very impressed by how he had cut the trotter into thin slices like that (the big bone was hidden underneath), making it so very convenient to just eat and enjoy, no need to wrestle with the bone and what not.

Having said that, I have to admit that it was these Mayak eggs or Mayak Gyeran (마약계란) / Korean soy marinated eggs

…that stole the show. My cousin in Kuching commented on my photograph on Facebook, “Mayak means drug in Korean, mayak gyeran because it’s addictive. I love this dish, easy to make and yummy with hot rice.”

Well, I would say that the main attraction was the chef’s ability to cook these eggs perfectly with the yolk still moist and a little runny….

Oooo…I really loved that so much! Those were so good!

Of course, there was freshly-made kim chi

…too. The ladies in the house loved it – they said it was so very nice.

I asked Mary how much I would have to pay her for everything but knowing how Mary was, is and always will be, she simply refused to accept any payment from me. *facepalm*

Thank you so so so much, Mary and thank you to your girl and her oppa too. A very Happy and Prosperous Chinese New Year, Gong Xi Fa Cai to all! God bless always, cheers!!!

Author: suituapui

Ancient relic but very young at heart. Enjoys food and cooking...and travelling and being with friends.

6 thoughts on “Oppa…”

  1. That’s the way I like it, I mean the eggs, the yolk moist and a little runny. The Korean braised pork looks good too. Oh no, I am not into kim chi, give it a pass… 😊😊

    The ladies loved it, said it was very nice. I didn’t touch it either. LOL!!!

  2. I never have this Korean soy sauce egg before. Must be really good. Of course, food cooked by true Korean is the best and authentic.

    Yes, so blessed, all the blessings coming in…and it is not even Chinese New Year yet! Praise the Lord!!!

  3. I haven’t tried jokbal before.
    Does it taste better than Chinese braised pork?

    But I do love their kimchi and pancake.
    Always order these when I go to Korean restaurant.

    1. Oh? You like kimchi too? I don’t mind their pancake. I prefer the Chinese one or the Philippine pork leg (crispy pata). This one is nice too but milder in taste.

  4. Those placemats are cool. And the little plastic cups with the connect tops! Convenient!

    Our local ethnic placemats – I use them for the background in my photos. Yes, my 1st time seeing those mini-cups for sauces.

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