Korean Café Haeah in Oberursel

On 11 May 2019, Café Hae ah opened its doors in Oberursel. It is located in the Rosengärtchen shopping carree (next to the Korean supermarket Handok).

It is not only a café, but also more like a bistro serving a few lunches. We had Steak Pasta and Jeyuk Bokkeum (제육볶음), which is spicy fried pork.

Steak Pasta

Both dishes were really good, but the Steak Pasta really took me in. I’ll be back for more soon.

Service in Korea usually has to be super fast. Well, this one isn’t… yet.

My Experimental Kitchen – Korean Jeon

Aeri’s Korean Cookbook is a wonderful and easy to use cookbook. Her directions are short and precise, her photos are descriptive and for a personal touch, she adds a bit of her own childhood food experience.

Very recommendable!

I started with the recipe for Zucchini Jeon (aehobak jeon), which looked very easy to make, and it was! I cut the zucchini julienne (2 cups), added some green onions, and a dash of red hot pepper (optional).

zucchini julienne

To make the batter: 1 egg, a bit of salt, 1 cup flour and 1 cup water. Then add the vegetables.

zucchini in batter

Drop the mix, spoon by spoon, into the hot frying pan (use vegetable oil). Fry until golden brown on both sides.

zucchini jeon and potato jeon

The Zucchini Jeon were really good and easy to make. Serve with a dip: 1 part soy sauce, 1 part vinegar, and add some sesame seeds. All done.

This is a good snack, or it can be served as a side dish.

My Experimental Kitchen – Ramen Omelet

Traveling is a wonderful thing. Sometimes it only takes an arm chair traveler to discover more fusion cuisine on the net. When our son returned from Nottingham for spring break in Germany, he asked me to assist him in the kitchen with a new Korean recipe.

He had read about this ramen omelet and we gave it a try. My cooking skills had lost any inhibitions I might have had throughout my traveling years. And I remember exactly when it happened – looking through the bakery shop window at lines of French bread rolls, filled with Spaghetti Napoli – in Japan. And that was just the beginning.

Anyway, we prepared cup shin ramen the usual way, but without adding the prepackaged chili powder. Then we drained the water.

At the same time, we beat three small eggs, and added a bit of soy sauce and sugar (the Japanese way) and then most of the chili powder (the Korean way). All this got thoroughly mixed, which took a bit longer because of dissolving the clumps of chili powder. In the meantime, the noodles cooled off, which is recommendable.

ramen omelet

When the egg was ready, we just placed the cooked noodles in the middle and folded it over like an Italian calzone.

cup ramen served the Italian way

Last, but not least, I asked our son to leave me a bite. He didn’t. He said it was very good, you have to take his word for it.

Optional: layer it with thin lines of ketchup

Some college students also claim this to be the best hangover food ever.

Korean Sushi in Oberursel

Handok, the Asian market in the Rosengärtchen area, sells all kinds of sushi at a fair price.

Sushi selection at Handok in Oberursel

We chose the Sushi Bulgoki (fried pork, Korean style) for euro 3.90 the pack. Other selections include cheese or tuna, or also just vegetables.

Bulgoki sushi (a.k.a. Kimbap) from Handok in Oberursel

It is an excellent lunch and a healthy and delicious party food as well. You can reserve it by phone, too (in German).

Handok Kaufcenter GmbH  tel: 06171 – 5 40 91

Im Rosengärtchen 43 in 61440 Oberursel

힘들 때일 수록 서로 도와야 한다.
In times of trouble, people should help each other.

– Korean proverb –

What we eat in Germany

Well, this might not be what you expected to see. I just had some delicious Bibimbap from our neighborhood Asian supermarket.

Korean Bibimbap in Oberursel/Germany

For the more traditional food and beverages Germans like to consume, visit  What the World Eats at TIME photo gallery, where you can view families from 16 countries showing their weekly food expenditure.

Most families looked rather happy, though the German family (slide 15 of 16) looked as grumpy as ever. Despite all the beer and wine bottles featured on the table.

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