Maille failed to find kidnapped Professor Koslow in Korea. However, in a restaurant in Gwangju, he discovered an edible burdock that he liked for its warm and earthy aroma.
Stir fried and braised in soy sauce
The most important aspect of Korean cuisine is that a meal is usually accompanied by myriad side dishes: candied lotus roots, marinated black beans, spicy sardines, gherkins with sesame, pickled garlic and, of course, kimchi. Among the numerous local delicacies that Secret Agent Hektor Maille relished at restaurant «Hangari» in Gwangju, at the very beginning of his research into Korean food culture, is edible burdock, braised in soy sauce.
This root vegetable can be peeled like asparagus before use, but it holds more flavour when its skin is not peeled off. Burdock «Hangari» is a simple preparation that retains the distinctive earthy, spicy aroma of the vegetable. The pieces of burs root retain their bite even after a long period of braising.
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First Publication: 1-12-2009
Modifications: 25-1-2011, 18-6-2011, 14-11-2011, 13-12-2011