Kimchi Cult, Glasgow

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Go on in.

Get your hands down to the ground, worship the almighty stained glass cabbage.

Don’t worry, Kimchi Cult is safe to join and the benefits… Delicious fresh food, homemade kimchi and the crispiest fried chicken in town. 

So, why wouldn’t you want to join in on the fun?

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Kimchi = fermented cabbage. It’s been all the rage for a while but I wondered how excited could I possibly get about cabbage… I already love sauerkraut, do I have room in my life to love another?

Yes. 

This kimchi has multiple flavor senses going on – sour, spicy and a satisfying crunch. It’s light in texture and taste, with a little afterthought of heat due to the red chillies.

I have been into Kimchi Cult a few times now and I’ve never been disappointed. When you walk in, you’ll be lucky if one of four tables is available, but if you get a seat it might just be your lucky day. 

A small, but very efficient menu is offered doing what Kimchi Cult states is ‘punk riffs on Korean classics’. 

Bibimbap is served cold or hot in a traditional stone bowl. Anytime I’ve been in the staff always ask if you’ve eaten bibimbap before and if you say no, they will tell you to break the egg yolk and stir everything about. The bibimbap feels fresh, the veg was thin and crunchy. I double checked with my personal Korean food expert and apparently it looks on the authentic side. 

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Flavor wise it is relatively healthy and tastes that way…If I was eating it in the house though I would add more sriracha and probably tablespoons of soy sauce. But I am addicted to Kikkoman. 

I tried the bulgogi bibimbap and I’ve had the same meat in tiny bao buns. As you know I am obsessed with bao lately, and KC’s bao is a good shout. The bao dough was heavier than some others I’ve had around Glasgow, but the beef is really tender and well-spiced (but not spicy).  It definitely has the fall-apart factor.

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Oh, and these kimcheese fries.

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So, by personal preference I’m not mad keen on cheese fries. It really seems like I should be, but if I was – these would be a staple in my diet. The fries at KC were far superior to what I was thinking . They were cut fresh, a bit of skin on the potato, and plenty of salt. I really enjoyed them… so next time I’ll might skip the cheese and ask for double kimchi. 

And the best for last… Fried Chicken!

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I know I love a lot of things and I’m always on about missing things from Texas but… damn, the fried chicken at Kimchi Cult takes me back to the south. If the south used gochujang or soy instead of gravy. 

The chicken is so crisp and comes out pipping hot and juicy. So hot, that I usually stab it with a few chopsticks to cool it down.  The crunch from the chicken skin is by far the best part- great breading and both the sauces are excellent, but not overpowering. I can’t actually decide which I prefer: sweet or slightly spicy. Order both, I’m pretty sure there is no obligation to share.

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The fried chicken is definitely my favorite part of the menu… but, I’ve yet to try the bulgogi fries.

I just wanted to add that there seems to be a lot of love and care into KC’s service and brand. The staff is always working away in the kitchen but always welcome customers with a ‘hello’ and come across as very attentive, even though it’s not a restaurant atmosphere. 

***Note if you dine-in there is no toilet! But… there’s always Deliveroo***

KC is fun on the social media front as well, often reaching out to their customers and showing sneak peeks of prep work.

I’m just a little in love with their look. Full-on B movie font, the kitsch style of the painted walk-in walls and multiple homages to the cabbage. 

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It’s all good budget-friendly fun! And of course, tasty. 

But, because there is alway one…

My KC wishlist:

1. Push the limits with the spice factor – I need more!
2. KIMCHI BULGOGI TACOS
3. Chicken wings – chicken thighs are so messy to eat with others are watching, eep!

So, Kimchi Cult thanks for moving from the streets of London to set up a tiny little hotbox in Partick. 

It’s been one year since the move and they are celebrating with a £1 kimchi hot dog party on August 18th. Sounds like my kind of party!

xx

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Bon Appétit’s Grapefruit and Poppy Seed Loaf

Happy Sunday!

Yet again it’s time for a little Sunday morning baking encouragement. I’m going to keep this short and sweet. 

Way back in March, Bon Appétit published a recipe for a Grapefruit and Poppy seed loaf cake that immediately caught my attention. I don’t know why. I actually don’t even like grapefruit that much, but for some reason I really enjoy it cocktails. More specifically the Hemingway Daiquiri at Ocho via Hotel Havana… but that is for another time.

It was something about a possibly bitter cake?  But since there’s yogurt in the recipe I knew it would be lovely and spongy. Also, it’s a combination I’ve never come across. I’m standard so I would usually make cake with lemon or lime citrus.

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So, for months it was constantly in the back of my mind. Spring was a bit busy between a few trips and actually getting the blog started with encouragement from Follow the River North, who is actually the best.

It wasn’t until summer that I actually made the cake and I must say it turned out excellent. Loaf cakes are always (or should be) quite easy and straightforward to make. This recipe is no different.

Bon Appétit’s Grapefruit and Poppy Seed Loaf Cake

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The only difference is that I used plain non-fat yogurt instead of Greek Yogurt. While I don’t think that would really make a difference in the baking or ‘spring’ of the cake, it did leave my glaze rather thin. Next time I make this I’ll be using Greek yogurt to hopefully get a slightly more tart and thicker glaze, but it was still delicious.

I also also added a little extra grapefruit juice and zest – just a pinch for good luck.

So, basically I just wanted to say – give this recipe a try and here is what it looks like when you don’t have amazing BA photographs of it. I really loved the recipe and just wanted to brag. 

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Even if you’re not keen on grapefruit, give it a shout. The grapefruit I used was really overripe and sweeter than I thought it would be. When the taste pulled through the cake it became almost like a general citrus cake – super moist and with that sticky glaze. Yes.

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Perfect for Sunday baking and Monday breakfast.

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Enjoy!

xx

Mook Pancakes, Amsterdam

Mmm pancakes… so often you are on my mind. 

I just seem to have a craving for them lately which has me thinking about the last time I ate them…at Mook in Amsterdam.

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Mook is a very much on the hip side. Plywood wood walls and Ikea greenery create the look and very relaxed atmosphere. It has some nice big windows letting a good amount of light in for you to enjoy your fresh food. 

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They offer a small menu, less than ten choices of sweet and savory pancakes. Apologies for not getting a photo – too much excitement to be on holiday. Anyway, I am definitely a sweet pancake type of person, so I surprised myself a little bit by making a savory choice. 

What influenced me was the insanely delicious fresh pineapple juice. It was actually one of my favorite consumables from the weekend away. It was very sweet, I must have got a ripe one as there was not a lot of acid in the pineapple. A beautiful color and really satisfying to drink on a hot sunny morning.

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The juice had so much natural sugar I thought more fruit and syrup might be a bit over an overload. So, salmon and creme fresh it was. Mr.Snacks ordered the hummus and roasted veg pancakes.

While we did enjoy our pancakes I can’t help but feel we made the wrong decision. The salmon was lovely and fresh and there was a seriously giant helping of it, but overall it felt a little on the dry side. It might have been in my mind, but it also felt strange eating salmon with thick fluffy pancakes.

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Now the pancakes were definitely neutral. Mook uses spelt or oat flour for their pancakes and I didn’t get any hints of sugar. Same for the hummus pancakes. Nice smooth homemade hummus, but with pancakes it didn’t quite match up.

And even as I type this now I’m thinking, yeah… why would that match up? So, I take full responsibility for these poor decisions. 

I would definitely pay Mook another visit because DAMN that pineapple juice… but also because of the overwhelming amount of regret I have. I should have been one of the many to order chocolate covered pancakes with berries overflowing. Seriously craving this now.

Note, it’s not the cheapest place for breakfast, but it’s not terribly unreasonable either. You are getting a rather large portion. 

Unit next time.

xx

Mook

De Clercqstraat 34,
1052 NG AMSTERDAM