Japchae Recipe | Korean Recipes | PBS Food

Lidia Bastianich samples Korean food and learns about Korean wedding traditions when she attends a celebration in Flushing, Queens in Lidia Celebrates America: Weddings: Something Borrowed, Something New.

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    Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus 6 tablespoons for the lobster pot
  • 2 live lobsters, 1¼ pounds each
  • 3 or 4 ripe fresh tomatoes (about 1½ pounds), or 1 pound sweet, ripe cherry tomatoes
  • 2 or 3 tender stalks celery with a nice amount of leaves
  • Juice of 2 large lemons, freshly squeezed (about ⅓ cup)
  • 2 large hard-cooked eggs, peeled and chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon peperoncino flakes, or to taste
  • ¾ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley

    Directions

  1. Fill the pot with 6 quarts water, add 6 tablespoons salt, and bring to a rolling boil. When the water is at a rolling boil, drop in the lobsters and start timing: cook them, uncovered, for 10 minutes total, after the water returns to the boiling point (and then keep it boiling). At the end of 10 minutes (or a couple of minutes longer if the lobsters are larger than 1¼ pounds), lift the lobsters from the pot, rinse with cold water, drain, and let them cool.
  2. Core the tomatoes, and cut them into wedges, about 1 inch thick; if you have cherry tomatoes, cut them in half. Chop the celery stalks crosswise into 1-inch pieces, and chop the leaves roughly. Toss tomatoes and celery together in a large bowl with ½ teaspoon of the salt.
  3. When the lobsters are cool enough to handle, twist and pull off the claws and knuckle segments where the knuckles attach to the front of the body. Lay the clawless lobsters flat on a cutting board, and split them in half lengthwise, from head to tail, with the heavy chef’s knife. Separate the meaty tail piece from the carcass (or body) of the four split halves. Now cut the lobster into pieces of whatever size you like; put the pieces in a large mixing bowl as you work. Separate the knuckles from the claws, and crack open the shells of both knuckles and hard claw pincers with the thick edge of the knife blade, or kitchen shears, exposing the meat. Chop the knuckles into pieces at the joints. Cut the tail pieces crosswise into chunks, or leave them whole, which I prefer. Cut the carcass pieces crosswise in two, with the legs still attached (though you can cut the legs off). I like to leave the tomalley and roe in the body pieces, as a special treat while eating the salad. Alternatively, remove tomalley and roe and whisk them into the dressing (or remove them and discard, if not to your liking).
  4. To make the dressing: Whisk together the lemon juice, chopped eggs, peperoncino, and remaining ½ teaspoon salt. Pour in the olive oil in a slow stream, whisking steadily to incorporate it into a smooth dressing.
  5. To serve: add the tomatoes and celery to the bowl of lobster pieces. Pour in the dressing, and tumble everything together until evenly coated. Scatter the parsley on top, tumbling to distribute. Arrange the salad on a large platter, or compose individual servings on salad plates.
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