Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Chuncheon Chicken Wings



This video was the first recipe I made that resembled an authentic Korean recipe. Dakkalbi is a very popular dish from Chuncheon in Northern Gangwon-do Province in South Korea. Dakkalbi is made with diced chicken which is marinated in a gochujang (chili pepper paste) based sauce, and then stir-fried with sliced Chinese cabbage, sweet potato, scallions, onions and tteok (rice cake). Dakkalbi is so popular there's a street in Chuncheon called "Dakkalbi" street because it is lined with dozens of dakkalbi restuarants.

I'm wearing a Kangwon National University sweatshirt in this video. I've owned that sweatshirt for a long time. It's not a typical tourist item one would buy on a visit to Chuncheon. Many of my ESL students (I was a teacher at Sam Yook Language School when I lived in Chuncheon) attended university there so I decided to show my support and bought a sweatshirt and I still have it over 10 years later.

I'm also curious what the city fathers of Chuncheon think about the fact that a Google search for Chuncheon brings up two of my dakkalbi based videos (Kimchi Pizza and Chuncheon Alfredo)on the first page of the search (this video shows up on page 2).

Here's one little behind-the-scenes fact about this video. We were in a bit of a hurry to make this video and I didn't totally defrost the chicken (like I tell you to do) before baking it on camera. The chicken wings you see sitting on the plate, sprinkled perfectly with sesame seeds, were about 80% cooked when we filmed the closing segment. We have to microwave the chicken after the shoot to finish cooking it. But at least they fit on the plate!

You can also see that we learned a lesson from the Chuncheon-style Kimchi Pizza video and fast-forwarded through most of the wing-turning to keep the video moving. You'll notice in later videos that we did not resort to this particular technique (double-speed) and just got better at cutting and editing the video to keep the pace.

There were some interesting effects we have seen in other videos, such as "picture in a picture", fancy swipes and various transitions but we have decided it would be better to use simple film editing rather than gimmicks and fancy tricks in our videos. Now that iMovie has added back many of these more creative transitions and effects, we have shied away from using them for now. You need to master basic movie/video editing techniques before getting carried away with all the fancy gimmicks.

If you want to know how to make authentic dakkalbi, the kind that would make Chuncheon's city fathers proud, watch this video and take notes.



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