Thursday Three – Shopping, Dads and Dessert Poutine

Happy Thursday! Here are three things that I'm obsessed about this week!

1 - Korean grocery stores

The one popular question that I get is "Where can I find <such and such> ingredient? I don't live near a Korean market!" Wait no further, I have a few suggestions listed below. Here are a couple of places online to get your Korean goodies: H Mart ( - This website is a complement to their brick-and-mortar establishments. I have ordered from here with no problems so far and they pretty much have everything you need and more. If you run into a glitch, customer service is pretty responsive. Also, if your Korean is not so great, just click on the "English" button on the home page to make sure you know what you're getting! ;-) Amazon ( - But of course! I have not personally ordered from them. The inventory looks a little limited, but they do have a few staples that you wouldn't be able to find at your local Pathmark or Whole Foods. A list of brick-and-mortar stores in the U.S. that can be found at cookbook author Hi Soo Shin Hepinstall's website, Korean Feast. And if you live outside of the U.S., a crowdsourced directory of stores can be found at Maangchi's website. A pretty impressive list of stores worldwide. If you ever have any questions about which brand to buy or any other questions about ingredients, just shoot me at email here. I'll try my best to answer! Good luck and happy shopping!

 2 - Metro Dad

I don't know of too many Dad blogs (only 2 actually), but the one I keep going back to is Pierre Kim's Metro Dad. The blog started in 2004 when he became a dad. Honest,  heartbreaking, sometimes intellectual, but always snort-coffee-out-of-my-nose funny. It's the one blog where I am literally laughing out loud (LOL for the acronymically-minded)! Needless to say, the writing is excellent. I wish I had a fraction of an ounce of his talent to be able to write like him! Metro Dad was also included in Babble's list of Top 50 Dad Blogs of 2011.  Not to be pushy or anything, but check it out. Now.

3 - Dessert Poutine

This recipe of mine was originally published last year on (not to be confused with SF Examiner!) and I thought I'd share it with you here. I rarely post any dessert recipes since I do not have much of a sweet tooth, but I do enjoy a bit of sugary delight every now and then. This dish is a sweet riff on the ever-popular Canadian snack, poutine, a dish that is composed of brown gravy and cheese curds atop a bed of french fries. My version includes sweet potato fries, fresh whipped cream, and maple syrup. Ohhhhh yes.
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 15 oz. frozen package of plain sweet potato julienne fries (I prefer the Alexia brand!)
  • 2 teaspoons + about ¼ cup of good maple syrup (not the Aunt Jemima type)
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  1. In a small bowl, mix together the sugar, cinnamon, cayenne, and salt. Set aside.
  2. Prepare the fries as directed on the package.
  3. In a large bowl, toss the fries with the sugar mixture while the fries are still hot. Set aside.
  4. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together 1 tablespoon of heavy cream with 2 teaspoons of maple syrup. With a hand mixer on low-speed, gradually whisk in the remaining heavy cream. Increase speed on the mixer and whisk until soft peaks form.
  5. Plate the fries on a platter. Spoon the cream on top of the fries and drizzle with remaining maple syrup.

Disclaimer: All opinions and recommendations are my own and no one paid me to say or write anything here. So there.


Print Friendly
  • Ann Mah

    Thanks to your recipe for kimchi jun, I was *just* wondering where I could find aged kimchi. Heading to H Store now!

    • kimchi_mom

      You may even want to wait a week or two with the store-bought kimchi if you really want the tang to sing!

  • MetroDad

    Thanks for the kind words, Amy!

    • kimchi_mom

      You are very welcome! Keep on keepin’ on!

  • Pingback: Poutine Corée (Korean-style Gravy Cheese Fries)()