Food Trip Friday 076: Weird but wonderful!

A dear friend recently gave me a pack of assorted chocolates from Korea from her her husband’s pasalubong after a brief business-visit there. It was an assortment of weird but surprisingly wonderful sweets from the kimchi country.  Flavours included were sesame, seaweed, rice wine, and this, my husband’s favourite and mine, the red pepper chocolate:

The heat comes out only after swallowing the chocolate! Not really hot but you can't ignore the faint heat, almost a tingling sensation, on the throat.

I know you are also wondering why and how a lowly sili (red chilli pepper) can be added to chocolates?

The result? Two layers of chocolate gooey stuff  – outside is a regular milk chocolate, inside is creamy nougat-ish flavour. Yum. The red pepper heat kicks in moments later. Not that hot, just mild enough, and you know what, weird it may sound but it is actually chocolate-y delicious! I am amazed at how an unlikely ingredient (red pepper) can enhance the chocolate flavour.

 

Food Trip Friday 075: I lab dolsot bibimbap

Yeah I had it again… but I really love it. There are so many to choose from – the selection of exciting dishes at NagaWorld Hotel’s Korean Grill Restaurant is long but, you know, being an Asian and all somewhere in my DNA lies my affinity for rice. I just had to have rice, no matter what and where we are!

Served on a dolsot, or a stone pot, I couldn't help but marvel at the lovely colours. But, I tell you what, the taste is even lovelier... yum!

 

Mouth-watering side dishes.

And a bowl of dolsot bibimbap never fails to make me happy. Of course, what’s a Korean dish without the host of side dishes Korean cuisine is so known for?  You start with the tasty seaweed soup. And you do what you fancy with the other side dishes – you either mix them with the rice or just have them separately. The kimchi is just perfect. And mind you, I had to ask for refills many times because I think the serving is too little for my liking 😀

Dolsot bibimbap is one of the lunch promo sets offered at  the Korean Grill Restaurant. The whole set costs $10, good for one person only, drinks not included. It’s a bit pricey, but  hey, we are also paying for the hotel ambiance and all (I wondered who ordered ambiance, for sure, it wasn’t me. Just kidding but I can’t help LOL at this joke.)

We will miss you terribly, Mel, but off you go for another adventure of a lifetime!

 

This lunch was made possible through the invitation of my sweet friend Mel who works at the NagaWorld Hotel. She introduced us to Koreak Grill Restaurant two years ago and from then on, it has become the Peluka Sisters’ choice to go to whenever we feel like stuffing ourselves with Korean food in a nice, stylish place (but we also have a favourite Korean resto, a cheaper one, when we don’t have enough moolah, lol!) She is leaving Phnom Penh next week for a more exciting job offer in Fiji. Thanks for the lunch, Mel. And very best of luck to you in Fiji!

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The Korean Grill (Open Daily, from 11am-11pm)
NagaWorld Hotel and Casino
Hun Sen Park
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Tel. (855-2) 322 8822 ext 7900