Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Hiki Tiki Glamour Porch or Korean BBQ Pizza... Holy Kimchi Batman!

Two summers ago we held an On the Plate event which sadly proved to be our last. We wanted to do something for summer and we wanted it to be fun and different. So I came up with the idea of doing a polynesian evening. A luau of sorts. At first I don't thing Stuart my partner was into the idea. But with a little creative collaborating and me calling it "the Hiki Tiki Glamour Porch" he was in and we set about planning the evening. He got so into the idea that before I knew it he had a hula troupe coming to perform at the party. I mean fun right!!

For the party we served cocktails. Mai Tai's and Hawaiian Punch that packed a punch! And the food we decided should be cocktail party food, nothing too heavy, nothing needing plates. We settled on a number of dishes which we decided to bill as "Pacific Rim Tapas".

Asparagus and Mushroom Wontons with Soy Aioli
Bacon Wrapped Baked Bananas with chili Sauce
Korean BBQ Beef Pizza with Cool and Spicy Kimchi Topping
Dan Dan Noodles in a chinese box
Ham Bacon and Pinnapple Quesadillas with Sour Creme
Spicy Crunchy Sesame Peanut Chicken Salad in a chinese box

So that was the total menu. And I have to say the food all came out really well. Everyone enjoyed it and they ate heaps of it. I was a little proud of the fact that I was able to translate some very western foods into something that the group seemed ultimately to enjoy. I mean we wanted it cheeky, not authentic, with a nod to the east and the pacific but fully western and a cocktail menu. I think I did OK.

So for those of you all who have asked in the past year for this recipe I will now give it up. It's really simple and easy and makes a really nice change from the normal pizza dinner especially if you have people in the house who are meat eaters. I will warn you it may change your mind about what belongs on Pizza, but isn't that what reading these things is about! Enjoy Ya'll

Korean BBQ Pizza with Spicy Creamy Kimchi Topping


1 pizza crust round or rectangle ( I like rectangle)
1 lb short ribs ( cut up into strips)
1/2 cup dark soy sauce
1/4/ cup dark rice wine ( or sherry)
1/4 cup pineapple juice
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
1 pinch chili flakes
1 teaspoon pepper
1 cup Korean pizza sauce ( 1/4 cup canned pizza sauce and 1/2 cup thai chili sauce ( mild) )
1/2 cup red onions sliced into fine half moon ribbons
1 cup cheddar cheese

For Korean Beef
Place Short RIbs slices and next 8 ingredients into a plastic bag and shake well till all combined
Place in fridge and marinate overnight
Remove from fridge and bring to room temperature.
Cook in large skillet in 2 batches till mest is done and browned and tender
Cool and reserve

For Kimchi ( My quick recipe)

3 cups shredded green cabbage
5 scallions sliced on the bias
2 tablespoons black sesame seeds
1 tablespoon Sriracha  Hot sauce
1/2 red bell pepper cut into small ribbons
1/2 red onion sliced into small dice
3 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro
1 tablespoon Mayonaise
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar

Combine all ingredients and let sit in the fridge for at least 2 hours.

For Pizza

Spread out dough on a greased baking sheet
Spread with sauce
Add Korean beef
Red onion and cheese
Bake in a 375 degree oven for 20 to 30 mins till crust is brown
Remove from oven let cool for 5 mins
Top with Kimchi and serve sliced immediately


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