How to Make Kalguksu 칼국수 (Korean Knife-Cut Noodle Soup) -Recipe

October 18, 2016 § 1 Comment

Every time I am in Korea, my first restaurant stop is Myeongdong Gyoja. They have the best kalguksu I have ever had, which is perfect for me because kalguksu is my favorite food! Kalguksu literally means “knife noodles” and fortunately, they taste delicious in just about any broth. Myeongdong Gyoja uses a beef broth, but I make mine at home with chicken broth. I love kalguksu because I can’t turn down a good bowl of noodle soup. Ramen, pasta, pho, the list goes on, but my absolute favorite is kalguksu. Yes, your breath will smell like garlic for a few hours, but let’s be honest, is that really so bad?

You can freeze the leftover broth or use it as a delicious base for other soups. It will also make a fantastic shabu shabu base broth.

Chicken Kalguksu (Knife-Cut Noodles) Recipe

Serves 4 generous portions


Broth (adapted from Maangchi):

  • 4 quarts water
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1 inch piece ginger, smashed
  • 10-20 cloves garlic, peeled, trimmed, and left whole
  • One onion, halved
  • Two green onions, cut into thirds
  • 1/4 cup dried shiitake mushrooms (optional)
  • 2 dried jujube, dates (optional)
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp shirodashi (optional)p dried red chili rings

Garlic and mushroom paste:

  • Garlic and mushrooms reserved from broth
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil

Optional toppings: mushrooms, chives, green onion, red pepper flakes


  1. Broth: Bring everything but fish sauce and salt to boil then reduce to medium and cover. Cook 1 hour. Remove chicken to a bowl to let cool. Scoop out garlic and mushrooms as much as possible to separate into a separate bowl. Discard the rest of the vegetables.
  2. To the garlic and mushrooms, add sesame oil and salt. Mash together and set aside.
  3. Shred chicken when cool enough to handle. Throw away bones (if using bone-in chicken breast). Toss the shredded chicken in the garlic paste and set aside.
  4. To the broth, add salt and fish sauce (and shirodashi, if using) to taste.

Noodles (Maangchi):

  • 3.5 cups flour
  • 0.5 cup potato starch
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp veg oil
  • 1.25 cups water
  1. Noodles: Mix together flour, starch, salt, vegetable oil, and water. Knead for 5 minutes. Let it rest 30 min, knead again 2-5 min, let it rest 10 minutes.
  2. Roll out as thin as possible. If using a pasta maker, roll out the dough on the first setting, then move to second setting and roll out again. Then, use a tagliatelle or pappardelle cutter to cut your noodles.
  3. If rolling out by hand, dust the dough with flour evenly on both sides and roll the dough into a loose roll. Using a sharp knife, cut slices around 1/8-1/4″ thick and unravel the noodles with a toss of flour so they don’t stick together.

Dadaegi (chili sauce, yangyeomjang):

  • 2 tbsp Korean red pepper flakes gochugaru (cannot be substituted with any other chili flakes!)
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 green chili pepper
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced finely
  • 1/2 cup green onion
  • 1 tbsp shirodashi
  • 1/4 cup chives (optional)
  1. Dadaegi: Mix together all the ingredients. Let it rest for 10 minutes, mix again until it is a thick paste.

To assemble:

Bring a large pot of water to a boil on high. If using vegetables or mushrooms as toppings, blanch them and then remove using a slotted spoon.

Add noodles to the boiling pot and stir well so they don’t stick. Boil for 4 minutes on high.

Drain the noodles and add them back to the pot. Add a few ladles of the broth and add salt or shirodashi, and pepper to taste. It shouldn’t be too salty, since the dadaegi is very salty.

Divide the noodles and broth into bowls. Top with shredded garlic and mushroom chicken, mushrooms, chives, and other toppings if using. Serve with dadaegi sauce on the side.

I like to use a separate bowl and add the dadaegi a little at a time to each bite of noodles. But you can put the dadaegi directly into your bowl if you’d like as well!

Wafu Pasta (Japanese-style pasta) 和風 PASTA

May 25, 2016 § Leave a comment

There are some dishes in life that can affect you in a profound way. For me, this was THE dish. This dish redefined what pasta meant in my life. That sounds incredibly dramatic, but it serves to illustrate the level of mind-explosion that I experienced when I first tasted this dish. It was most definitely food DEFCON 5.

My husband first made this for me about a year ago and I can remember the exact moment these flavors touched my tongue. It was salty, savory, deep, and umami-laden with incredible flavors of golden garlic, a touch of heat from chili peppers, and intense depth of mushrooms. I fell in love. With this pasta. And pretty sure I felt like I fell in love on another level with my husband.

I am sharing this recipe here after trial and error (and quite frankly, my desire to send this dish out into the world so that others can taste the amazing-ness as I did). Kahn worked so hard on this and I don’t think you will be disappointed.

Wafu pasta is a Japanese-style pasta. I know what you’re thinking…SOY SAUCE?! DASHI?! PASTA?! But believe me. This is a journey of food you only wish you took earlier in your life.

UGHHHHHHHHH I AM GETTING HUNGRY ALL OVER AGAIN and I have been eating this for 3 days in a row. That’s what happens, when I make it, I literally cannot eat anything else for the next few days because it is THAT GOOD.


  1. If you want to get a little fancier, use pancetta instead of bacon.
  2. If you want to cut the bacon out, that’s fine too. (I just love bacon!!)
  3. Don’t be mad/angry/upset/sad about throwing out the bacon fat. The first time Kahn made this, I got really upset about this, but after I tasted the richness and deliciousness of his final dish, I got over that REAL FAST.
  4. If you want to make this vegetarian, use mirin or a very, very reduced kombu-dashi instead of hondashi.

ENJOY and let me know what you think!

Wafu Pasta (Japanese-style pasta) Recipe 和風 PASTA

Serves 2 generous portions


  • 4 thick slices of bacon, thinly sliced
  • 6-8 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp dried red chili rings
  • 1 lb fresh mushrooms, washed and trimmed of tough root ends (you can use shimeji, shiitake, maitake, button, portobello, cremini, enoki, whatever you’d like!)
  • 1 lb green vegetable, cut into thirds and the bottom ends reserved (asparagus, chinese broccoli, spinach, watercress, kale, anything!)
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp sake
  • 2 tbsp hondashi granules
  • pinch salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 lb spaghetti
  • 3-4 tbsp pasta water, reserved
  • red chili rings, for garnish


  1. Heat bacon in a skillet on medium-high heat until golden brown. Using a slotted spoon or tongs, remove bacon and drain on paper towels. Discard all the bacon fat and wipe skillet with a paper towel. Set aside.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  3. Heat 2 tbsp of olive oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and red chili rings to the oil and toast lightly until garlic is golden brown.
  4. Add the tough bottom ends of your green vegetable and stir-fry for a couple minutes.
  5. Add mushrooms and a pinch of salt and pepper. Saute for two minutes.
  6. Add butter, then add the leafy or tender end of your green vegetable.
  7. Add your spaghetti to the boiling water and set timer for two-minutes shorter than what the box says for al dente. For me, this is usually 5 minutes. When your vegetables are wilted and mushrooms are lightly golden, your pasta should be ready.
  8. Add spaghetti to the skillet with the vegetables and mushrooms and add 2 tbsp of the soy sauce mixture (you will have around half of the sauce left over). Add 2-3 tbsp pasta water and toss to combine evenly. Taste one strand of spaghetti for doneness and taste and add 1 tsp more of soy sauce mixture if you want more flavor.
  9. Serve, with bacon pieces and red chili rings on top as garnish.


Kimchi Jjigae (Kimchi Stew) 김치찌개 – UPDATED

April 17, 2016 § Leave a comment

I posted my previous kimchi jjigae post FIVE YEARS AGO. Wow.

Since then, I have tweaked and updated my original recipe to something entirely elevated to a new level, with a lot of help from the QUEEN herself (Maangchi). I honestly love her videos, personality, ability, and spirit so much and have been infinitely inspired by her creativity and passion on a weekly basis. This new kimchi jjigae recipe is an adaptation of her recent update to her recipe here.

Here is a new video I made for this updated recipe:


1. You can use either pork or beef, but pork definitely imparts a more velvety-flavor that goes hand in hand with kimchi. Mmm….

2. Pork belly is also great for this, but perhaps a little more fatty (is this a bad thing?)

3. If you are using the last of your kimchi, don’t just throw away the jar! Pour some water in there and pour the little juices/spices into the stew. The more flavor, the better.

4. Must eat with rice.

5. Feel free to add tofu or vermicelli noodles!


Kimchi Jigae Recipe – Kimchi Stew


  • 6-8 dried kelp squares
  • 8-10 dried Korean anchovies (heads and guts removed)
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced radish
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 lbs pork ribs/bones
  • 4 ounces thinly sliced pork loin
  • 4 cups ripe kimchi, sliced (with juices)
  • 3 green onion stalks, chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1/2-1 tsp gochugaru (Korean red pepper flakes)
  • 1 tsp gochujang (Korean red pepper paste)
  • 1 cup thinly sliced rice cakes* optional
  • green pepper* optional


  1. Add kelp, anchovies, radish, and onion to a medium pot. Add 3 cups of water and bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce to a simmer for 25 minutes. Strain, and reserve the broth.
  2. To a large skillet, add pork ribs/bones and cover with kimchi and then pork loin. Top with green onion.  Add reserved broth.
  3. Bring pork and kimchi mixture to a boil on medium high heat. Add 1 tsp salt, 1 tbsp sesame oil, gochugaru, and gochujang.
  4. Cook for 30 minutes, then taste to adjust for additional seasoning (if necessary).
  5. Add rice cakes (if using), green pepper, and green onion for garnish.
  6. Serve with rice.
  7. ENJOY!!

Scented Soy Candles

April 16, 2016 § 2 Comments

If you love candles as much as I do (and maybe spend a little too much on them), this is a must-read.

Like many things in life, making candles at home was never a thought that came into mind. That is, it wasn’t until one day I came across a fantastic blog post on DIY soy candle making and it looked like a possible fun weekend project. I promptly ordered a basic set of supplies from Amazon, and I got started. (I ordered all of my supplies for candle making on Amazon.)

Little did I know that I awakened a candle-making beast inside of me and my “fun weekend project” became a new near-daily obsession. (You might be able to see my crazy-eyes in the video…that’s how much I love this new hobby!) For how much I spent on candles per year (you don’t even want to know…) this is an excellent, cost-effective way to make a lot of candles. The best part about it is being able to make candles for people near and dear to my heart because they are wonderful homemade gifts. The most expensive part about this process is the essential oil, so if you’re unsure of what scents to try, start with my below combinations since they’re tried and true. Then, as you feel more comfortable, you can try using different oils.

Making candles at home is incredibly relaxing and fun. Plus, it will make your home smell AMAZING always.

Here is a video tutorial on how to get started on a very fun, relaxing hobby.

To get started, you will need the following:

  • Bag of soy flakes (wax) – I used 444 blend
  • Heatproof melting pot
  • Thermometer
  • Glass jars
  • Plastic drinking straw
  • Wicks
  • Clothespins
  • Disposable spoons
  • Tablespoon measure
  • Mixing bowl
  • Essential oils
    • For the 3 scent combinations in my video, I used the following essential oils:
      • Lavender
      • Rosemary
      • Thyme
      • Bergamot
      • Lemon
      • Cedarwood
      • Fir
      • White Musk
      • Vetiver
      • Sandalwood
      • Jasmine
  • Paper towels

Directions (for one 8 ounce candle):

  1. Heat a medium pot of water to a boil and add melting pot. To the melting pot, add your wax. For the wax: 2 cups (16 ounces) of solid wax = 1 cup (8 ounces) melted wax, so for three 8 ounce candles, I used 6 cups of solid wax (48 ounces).
  2. Once the wax starts melting, use your spoon to take a few drops of wax and add to the bottom of your jars. This will be the “glue” you use to secure the bottom of your wicks to the bottom of your jar. Act quickly because the wax hardens immediately!
  3. Use clothespin to secure the cotton wick to the center of the jar. If using wooden wicks, no need to secure it (it will stay in place due to its rigid shape).
  4. Once the wax is melted to at least 180 degrees, reduce the heat on the stove so that the wax will stay at a constant temperature. Melting the wax to 180 degrees makes sure that the wax will stay warm enough when poured into the mixing bowl.
  5. Pour 1 cup of melted wax into the bowl and add your desired scent.
    1. Lavender/Rosemary/Thyme: Add 1 tsp each of lavender and rosemary essential oils and 1/2 tsp of thyme essential oils.
    2. Bergamot/Lemon/Cedar/Fir: Add equal parts bergamot, lemon, cedar, and fir essential oils to measure 1 tbsp total.
    3. White Musk/Sandalwood/Vetiver/Jasmine: Add equal parts white musk and sandalwood, (around 1.5 tsp each) and then add 10 drops each of vetiver and jasmine.
  6. Stir thoroughly for at least 30 seconds so that the essential oils bind to the wax and blend evenly throughout the mixture.
  7. Pour slowly into prepared jar with the wick, and then leave undisturbed for at least 24 hours before moving/burning. Your candles will be ready to enjoyed after 24 hours!


Cost breakdown (approximate):

  • 10 lb bag of soy flakes (wax) – I use 444 blend $25.00
  • Heatproof pouring pot $12.00
  • Essential oils
    • Lavender – $12.00
    • Rosemary $12.00
    • Thyme – $22.00
    • Bergamot – $18.00
    • Lemon – $13.00
    • Cedarwood – $15.00
    • Fir – $15.00
    • White Musk – $20.00
    • Vetiver – $20.00
    • Sandalwood – $25.00
    • Jasmine – set of 6 floral notes for $20.00
  • Mason jars (12-pack) – $7.00
  • Wicks (around 200 cotton & wooden wicks) – $24

Total: ~$250 – $260

I have probably made around 40 candles so far and I have barely made a dent in my essential oils. You will need to buy soy wax/flakes frequently as you will go through one 10-lb bag quite quickly, along with the mason jars.

You may notice different fragrance oils online to be a lot cheaper, but I recommend staying away from those synthetically produced oils. Essential oils are pure, distilled scents extracted from organic ingredients and there are no synthetic chemicals involved. Since these are candles and flames are involved, I personally want to reduce as much chemical exposure in my life as much as possible so it is much, much cleaner to use essential oils rather than fragrance oils.

10-Minute JjaJangMyeon (Noodles with Black Bean Sauce)

January 23, 2016 § Leave a comment



Lately, I’ve found it increasingly difficult to find the time to pursue what I truly love doing – cooking. And like everyone else who is busy working and living in this world, there aren’t enough hours in the day (or weekend) to devote to epic cooking projects. Between balancing my desire to cook and my lack of time, I have developed an upcoming series of posts for making delicious meals in a fraction of the time it usually takes, without sacrificing taste and quality.

This is my 10 minute jja jang myun. My original jja jang myun post is here, for those who want a more “traditional” recipe. But I’ve got to say, this quick ten-minute version is amazingly quite comparable and dare I say, even more delicious.


  1. My husband mentioned a very valid point the last time I made jjajangmyun. He asked me why all the ingredients are cubed because they always seem to end up all at the bottom of the bowl and don’t get slurped up with the noodles? Besides tradition, I can’t find a reason why the vegetables have to be diced. So, for this 10 minute version, I cut all the ingredients length-wise and similar in shape to the noodles. And you know what? It was a genius move. THERE ARE NO LONGER A PUDDLE OF VEGETABLES at the bottom of the bowl. You will get even distribution of pork and veggies with every bite of noodle!
  2. To help you cut the pork, freeze it for 30 minutes before using.
  3. For slicing the cabbage, a mandolin helps tremendously, as this is undoubtedly my all-time favorite kitchen tool.


10 Minute Jja Jang Myun (Noodles with Black Bean Sauce) ‘짜장면’

Serves 4-5 (with leftovers), Prep Time: 5 minutes, Cooking Time: 10 minutes


  • 6 ounces/155 grams pork loin or shoulder, sliced thinly into strips measuring 1/8″ wide and 1″ long
  • 1 tbsp mirin or rice wine
  • 1/2 tsp grated ginger
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced and divided
  • salt and pepper to taste, around 1/4 tsp each
  • 2 large onions, sliced thinly into 1/8″ slices
  • 2 medium squash, sliced thinly into 1/8″ slices
  • 1/2 head (around 2.5 cups) green cabbage, shredded thinly into 1/8″ slices
  • 1 cup of radish, cubed into 1/8″ slices
  • 1 carrot, sliced lengthwise into 1/8″ slices (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 185 grams/~7 tbsp (around 3/4 cup) of roasted Korean black bean paste (bokkeum jja  jang)
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp potato or corn-starch
  • 1 tbsp water
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • cucumber slices, to garnish
  • hand-pulled noodles, per serving cooked according to package instructions


  1. Marinate pork, rice wine, ginger, 1 tsp garlic, and salt and pepper in a bowl and set aside.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  3. Add 1 tbsp of vegetable oil to a large pot over high heat. When the oil is hot, add the pork and stir fry quickly until the pork is browned, around 2 minutes. Remove the pork to a small bowl and set aside.
  4. To the hot pot, add the remaining garlic and add sliced onions. Cook for 2 minutes until slightly wilted and browned and then add the remaining vegetables and cook, stirring frequently for one minute. Mix the jjajang paste, chicken broth, and oyster sauce in a small bowl and then add to the pot.
  5. Add the noodles and cook according to package directions.
  6. Once the sauce comes to a boil, add the slurry of cornstarch and water and bring to a boil. It should thicken immediately. Turn off the heat.
  7. Drain the noodles thoroughly and rinse once with cold water. Divide evenly amongst bowls and serve, topped with around 1-2 cups of sauce.
  8. Garnish with cucumbers.



Gyeran Jjim – (Steamed Egg) 계란찜 Recipe

November 15, 2015 § Leave a comment

I make this gyeran jjim around 2-3 times a week. I eat it as a side dish (banchan) for dinner or sometimes by itself with a bowl of rice. It’s one of my favorite dishes because it is so simple, absolutely delicious, and best of all, healthy.

For people who have never tried this before, don’t be put off by the name of the dish. I guarantee that you will find yourself addicted to this because after one spoonful, it’s impossible to stop eating it.


  1. I personally love the slightly toasty bottom that happens when you cook this in a ttukgaebi (earthenware stone pot) on the stove. It fills the entire dish with this richness and deepness that you can’t achieve from microwaving or using a regular pot. You can find this bowl here: Earthenware Pot. If you prefer a non-toasted flavor, decrease cooking time by 1 minute.
  2.  Use any lid you have that covers the top fully to create a seal.
  3. I like a very mild gyeran jjim because I love the subtle flavors. But if it’s not salty enough, you can add more salt to taste at the end.

Gyeran Jjim – (Steamed Egg) 계란찜 Recipe

Serves 2


    • 1/2 cup water
    • 1/4 tsp Asian-style chicken stock powder
    • 2 eggs, beaten
    • 1/2 tsp fish sauce
    • 1/4 tsp black pepper
    • 1 scallion, chopped finely
    • 1/4 tsp gochugaru flakes* optional


  1. Heat water in a small earthenware bowl directly on the stove on low, and gradually raise the heat as the water heats up. Add chicken stock powder when boiling and mix well.
  2. To the beaten eggs, add fish sauce, black pepper, and scallion (and gochugaru flakes if using).
  3. When the broth is boiling on high, slowly pour the egg into stock while mixing constantly with chopsticks. Stir a few times until the egg and broth mixture are well mixed.
  4. Cover with the lid, reduce the heat to medium-low, and set the timer for 5 minutes.
  5. After 5 minutes, remove from the heat but keep the lid on. Let it stand for 2 minutes before removing the lid and serve.

Chả giò/Nem rán (Vietnamese Spring Roll) Recipe

November 8, 2015 § Leave a comment

I love these cha gio spring rolls as much as I love pho. Whenever I go to a Vietnamese restaurant, I can easily finish 10 of these rolls on my own, which is a little embarrassing in public, especially when dining with others. Now, thank God I can stuff my face with as many as I want in the comfort and privacy of my own home. Just a little secret between me and the deep fryer. Mmmm…

These are delicious. I’ve made them countless times over the past few years when I first discovered that I could learn how to make them at home, and now you can too. I may or may not have inhaled more than 10 of these in the making of this post.

I also love this recipe because they freeze so well. A bit time-consuming to make, admittedly, but when you have a spare afternoon and a marathon of television to watch (for me, it was the Sopranos), it makes the time fly by.

  1. I use square spring roll wrapping paper for this. They’re in the freezer section of any Asian supermarket. I also let them defrost completely because if you don’t, they will tear and it will be infuriating. (Not that this has happened to my impatient self numerous times….) Also, you can separate around 10-15 at a time and leave the rest under a moist paper towel or in the packaging because it’s a bit cumbersome to separate each sheet at a time.
  2. Try to get the filling as DRY as possible before rolling these. I made the mistake in the past in not pre-salting my vegetables and draining my noodles and they were a disaster. A delicious disaster, but it will not make for a pretty spring roll (holes, explosions, burnt stuff everywhere).
  3. As a side, I really like eating these with a quick pickled cucumber or some lettuce. For the cucumber, I do 2 cucumbers sliced very thin on a mandoline, 2 tsp of sugar, 1 tsp of salt, and then set in the fridge for an hour, covered. I drain, then enjoy for a cool, crispy snack. And they taste really good with these spring rolls.
  4. Try to wrap these as tightly as possible. First, they’ll look prettier, but it will help keep the oil out of the roll.
  5. The dried wood ear mushroom has SO many names. Every time I’ve bought it, I’ve bought it under a different name. Including but not limited to: Auricularia auricula-judaeJew’s ear, wood ear, jelly ear, etc.
  6. I like my rolls to be pretty equal in ratio for meat to veggies, and I found that this proportion lends to a deliciously tender, juicy roll.
  7. I LOVE the taste of taro in these rolls so used taro. But if you can’t find it, don’t worry about it. You can use jicama instead, but try to find taro. You will not be disappointed. And, I found that a big bonus is that the taro helps soak up excess moisture in the filling.
  8. Please taste test the filling with one dummy roll before rolling the entire filling’s worth. Adjust the taste with more salt if you prefer, I like to keep these pretty well-flavored but not overly salty because the sauce is very salty.
  9. I use a baking sheet to hold all the rolls and pop it directly into the freezer, and then after a few hours, I transfer all the frozen rolls into a ziploc bag.
  10. Don’t love/eat pork? Substitute with ground chicken.

Chả giò/Nem rán Cha Gio (Vietnamese Spring Roll) Recipe

Recipe yields 100 rolls


    • 6 ounces bean thread noodles, dried
    • 1 cup dried wood ear mushroom
    • 4 small taro root
    • 2 large carrots, around 2 cups shredded
    • 1 large onion, shredded
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 4 lb ground pork
    • 1 heaping tbsp minced garlic
    • 2 tbsp salt
    • 2 tbsp white sugar
    • 1 tsp white pepper
    • 3 green onion, chopped
    • 100 medium-sized wheat spring roll wrappers
    • 1 tbsp cornstarch/potato starch
    • 1 tbsp water
    • frying oil

Dipping Sauce Ingredients

    • 3 tbsp fish sauce
    • 3 tbsp warm water
    • 3 tbsp white sugar
    • juice from 1 lime (around 2 tbsp)
    • 1 chili of your choice (jalapeno, Thai bird chili, Jwala pepper, etc)
    • shredded carrots
    • 1 clove garlic, minced


  1. Bring a kettle of water to a boil. In separate bowls, soak bean thread noodles and wood ear mushrooms for 10 minutes. In a small saucepan, bring water to a boil and boil taro for 10 minutes. Drain bean thread noodles well and dry even further using a clean towel. Drain wood ear mushrooms and rinse carefully until water runs clear. Using rubber gloves, peel skin off of the taro (it should come right off) and shred. Using scissors, cut bean thread noodles and wood ear mushrooms into small pieces.
  2. In a large bowl, sprinkle 1 tsp salt over the shredded carrots and onion. Transfer to a colander set over a bowl and set aside for 15 minutes. Discard the fluid after 15 minutes, and add carrots and onion back to the bowl. Add the pork, bean thread noodles, wood ear mushrooms, garlic, salt, sugar, white pepper, and green onion. Using your hands, mix until everything is well combined.
  3. Assemble work station with filling, wrappers, baking sheet. Mix cornstarch/potato starch with 1 tbsp water to form a slurry. With a square in front of you in the shape of a diamond, add 1 tbsp worth of filling on the lower corner and shape it into a roughly cylindrical shape. bring up the bottom corner so that it covers the filling and then use your fingers to press it into the tube-like shape. Roll up until you get to the middle of the wrapper, and then bring in the left side, then right side, like you’re wrapping a burrito. Add a thin layer of slurry on the top corner and then roll the entire roll up, and set it aside, seam-side down on the baking sheet. You can use this one to taste test for filling salt-level. Repeat 99x. (Did I mention it’s really helpful to be engaged in some sort of television marathon at this point?)
  4. Heat a deep fryer or heavy-bottomed skillet with your oil of choice (I use vegetable) to 350°F. You’ll know the oil is hot enough when you add a spring roll and it starts sizzling on the sides. Fry for 4 minutes on each side and flip over, or until each side is golden brown. Drain on paper towels.
  5. For the dipping sauce: Add all the ingredients to a small bowl and mix well.
  6. Enjoy!