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The second K-Pop track for the Music & Food project once again comes from the mighty BTS. “Butter” is that sort of cheesy pop-funk-r&b that seems to be a hallmark of a lot of boy bands, and something BTS does very well. It’s a satisfying little ditty that’s not going to change the course of music history but is a very delicious and satisfying 2:44 of audio comfort food.
I have an obsession with Asian street food videos on YouTube, especially Korean food cart vendors. I am fascinated by the skill, creativity, and general speed that incredible food gets created in a minimal setup. Sure, we have places like Smorgasburg and street carts, but nothing truly equal to the food to be found on the streets in Asia. I also watch these videos and think, “There is no way in hell the NYC DOH would allow that!” Yet, there are lines, no one is getting sick, and delicious food is being made. Perhaps fewer food business regulations might actually be a good thing.
About a year ago, as I dropped into a YouTube street food K-hole, I came across one of the most brilliant breakfast sandwiches I had ever seen. The video was titled “Korean Grandmother’s Toast”. I’m guessing the name comes from the fact that in many of the videos I watched, it was elderly women cooking the sandwich usually in a small stall or cart. I ultimately also found it more commonly referred to as “Korean Street Toast”, but honestly I find greater comfort in the idea of a grandma making it.
As I’ve been doing the mostly vegetarian thing of late, I skipped the meat in this version. I honestly think it would be overkill. The typical meat is a single slice of ham, heated on the skillet, and placed on top of the cheese. I chose American cheese for its melt factor and saltiness. It adds an excellent gooey factor as well. Do not skip the sugar! It helps balance out the richness of the butter and eggs. Coupled with the mayo and sweet chili sauce, the sugar, like The Dude’s rug, really pulls this sandwich together. It’s the perfect sweet, spicy, savory, crunchy, gooey way to start a weekend day or cure a hangover.
SEOUL FOOD TOAST
Egg, cabbage, onion, carrot, scallion, American cheese, sugar, sweet chili sauce, and mayo on toasted bread
Makes 2 sandwiches
1 oz cabbage, thinly sliced
1 oz onion, thinly sliced
1 oz carrot, cut into long thin strips
1 green onion, chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
5 tablespoon room temperature butter
4 slices of sandwich bread
1 teaspoon sugar
2 slices of American cheese
Sweet Chili Sauce
In a large mixing bowl, add cabbage, onion, carrot, eggs, green onion, salt, and pepper. Mix to combine thoroughly. Butter both sides of the bread slices.
Heat a large skillet over medium heat; add 2 tablespoons of butter and let it melt. Pour egg mixture, trying to make it a square shape. Cook until the bottom is cooked, about 2 to 3 minutes. Cut egg omelet into half, and flip over. Add a slice of American cheese to each omelet half. Cook another 2 to 3 minutes or until fully cooked.
While the omelet is cooking, toast buttered bread on both sides in a separate skillet or grill pan, about 2 minutes on each side, or until golden brown.
Spread mayo on one side of two slices of toast. Sprinkle about 1/4 teaspoon sugar evenly on the mayo. Place an egg omelet on top and sprinkle an additional 1/4 teaspoon of sugar. Drizzle with sweet chili sauce and season with salt and pepper. Cover each with another slice of toasted bread and cut it in half. Repeat for the other sandwich.