Tuesday, July 12, 2011


Not sure what they are really called but in Hawaii they called this dish Taegu.   Maybe because the origin of the dish is Korea?? not sure but when I lived in Hawaii, I bought them at supermarket when ever I wanted to but in Indiana no such luck.  So why not make my own? I know there are some made out of dried cod and also with cuttlefish or squid.  I personally like the dried seasoned shredded squid/cuttlefish  version so that's what I made today.

You may not know what a seasoned dried squid or cuttlefish so here is a picture of  a package.  This was not the brand I used but they are pretty much the same even if they are called cuttlefish.  Make sure its not the HOT ones though.   If you want to make smaller amount to try, just cut the recipe in half, should taste the same.. you may regret not making more though!

You'll need:

12oz prepared shredded squid or cuttle fish cut to bite size or shred them more if they are big and chunky.
1/4 cup Korean hot pepper paste
3tbsp water
3Tbs sugar
1Tbs corn syrup
2 Tbsp sesame seed
3 cloves garlic paste

Put the cuttlefish/squid in a large bowl.

In a frying pan over med-low heat,  heat all except sesame seed and the squid until well combined and the sugar has melted.  Once the sauce is glossy and shiny  take it off of heat (don't let it boil or scorch it'll become hard like candy and we don't want that! all we want to do is melt the sugar and make sure they are well incorporated!)

pour the sauce over the prepared squid, mix well to coat all pieces.  When they are combined, sprinkle with sesame seed.  You can eat it right now or pack it in air tight container in the fridge.  Its a bit spicy but the sweetness brings balance to the dish  and it goes really well with white rice!

hope you give it a try!

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