Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Seasoned Shishito Peppers - Ggwarigochu muchim

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I always love those mini banchans (반찬) that they give in Korean restaurants. Most of the time you get free re-fills so don't be too shy to ask. I fill myself up on those ah ha ha. I've been learning so many recipes from my mother so here's a simple side dish to complement a steaming hot bowl of rice.

A little science for the day and a little justification of why I'm so short haha :)
Why Height Matters
Interestingly, in modern western society, studies have found that shorter women tend to bear more children. On the flip side, average-height men do best, better than short or tall men, in the number of children they father. Researcher Gert Stulp and co. of the University of Groningen in Netherlands pulled data that followed more than 10,000 Wisconsin high-school graduates for around 50 years.

Results show in shorter families, the sisters had more children than their brothers. In average-height families, however, brothers had more children than their sisters. The published article in the journal Biology letters says that sexes are locked in a push-and-pull battle over height. That means: shorter than average woman are more likely to have children and pass on her short genes. Good for her daughter who will bear more children than average, but bad for her son. Can you imagine this pattern continuing over the entire population???

As a whole, the population gets shorter because shorter women are producing more. Too bad for men, this increases the evolutionary pressure but still taller guys reproduce more and push the heigh of the next generation back to average.

They say that height is also correlated with income, attractiveness, education, health and longevity. An apology to short guys who think they'd like to find a short girl... :( I'm sure personality counts!

Seasoned Shishito Peppers - 꽈리고추 무침
phonetics: ggwarigochu muchim
Delicious ban-chan (side dish)
A Japanese variety of the bell pepper - small, finger-sized and thin-walled. Not spicy unless your seasoning is!

1/4lb Shishito Peppers
1 tbsp olive oil or grapeseed

2tbsp soy sauce
1tsp sugar or honey
1tsp sesame oil
1/2 tsp roasted sesame seeds
1 tsp garlic minced
1 tsp Korean chili powder (gochugaru)

1. Wash shishito peppers and heat 1 tbsp oil in a pot or a deep frying pan
2. Make the seasoning sauce in a large bowl. Add from soy sauce to korean chili powder.
3. At medium heat, fry peppers for 5 mins (you want to keep the crunch factor)
4. Add the slightly softened peppers in with the seasoning and mix well.

Isn't it simple?

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