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simple broccoli slaw

Most cole slaw is made of milky dressing that is watery. I don’t hate it, but I like my version better. Much better.

I buy a bag of “broccoli slaw” (mix of julienned broccoli, carrots, plus red cabbage and/or cauliflower). I transfer it to a bowl, wrap tightly and slit a hole with a knife and microwave. For one bag, I microwave for 4-5 minutes. It is harder than you might imagine.

After all the extra water is drained, I add equal amounts of two ingredients: 

  • roasted sesame seed oil 
  • Aji-pon“-soy sauce plus citrus vinegar. I don’t bother making it from scratch. It’s available at Asian food section of most supermarket or Asian grocery store. Even if “aji-pon” is not there, there usually is “pon-zu” just a bottle of citrus-vinegar mix. You can mix 1:1 with soy sauce.

For a bag of this broccoli, about 12 oz, I think I used about 1.5 tbsp each. But honestly I didn’t measure. I drizzled each and when I felt right, I stopped and tossed.


That’s it. This is as tasty as any namul, and as easy as bean sprout namul. This goes well in bento box. The only trick is to drain water really well before adding aji pon and oil.

I guarantee it. It’s better than regular slaw dressing!



Oh so easy! Scrambled eggs with garlic chives.

This is another recipe from Cookpad that I couldn’t find the English translation yet.

This was so quick and easy, and can be made vegetarian, if you choose to substitute chicken soup powder with vegetarian version like “Not Chicken” soup base. This is great for packed lunch, too.  You can obtain garlic chives at Asian grocery store, but in mid-West, it’s so easy to grow, and added benefit is that it is deer and pest resistant.

Ingredients (I made 6 servings):

2 eggs
about 200 g garlic chives, chopped
1 tbsp chicken soup powder (I used this one from Youki)
2 pinches salt
2 tbsp (roasted) sesame seed oil


  1. beat eggs and add chicken soup powder
  2. heat 1/2 (=1 tbsp) of sesame seed oil on high heat and scramble eggs only to half-cooked and set aside
  3. add the rest (=1 tbsp) of sesame seed oil and stir fry garlic chives.  Add salt.
  4. When the chives are wilted, add eggs back and stir briefly
  5. enjoy!
Scrambled egg with garlic chives

Scrambled egg with garlic chives


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