Sunday, March 29, 2009

Fish Soup (mae-uen-tang)

I made this soup last week and since we haven't had it for a long time, it was delicious... hehe~

If you need some guidance with the ingredients, you can check my Korean Cooking 101. ;)

Serving: 4-6

1/2 radish
1/2 onion
chopped garlic
2-3 spoonful of red pepper paste
1-2 spoonful of soybean paste
1 garland chrysanthemum
1/2-1 squash
chopped green onions

Step 1:
In a pot, add cut fish and water. I accidentally added garlic earlier than I should... lol~ :X So ignore the chopped garlic in the soup. I believe the fish is yellow tail, but I could be wrong. This soup works with most type of fishes so you don't really need to worry what type of fish you're using. Make sure you turn on your stove to high.
Add radishes and onions. Once it starts boiling, you will see the fat on the top of the soup. You need to scoop it out with a spoon.
Then add chopped garlic, red pepper paste, and soybean paste. The heat from the soup is dissolve the paste.
Add garland chrysanthemum (suk-gat from what I know). You need to cut the leaves from the stem and get rid of the stem. I only use the leaves part.
Then add squash. During this time, I taste the soup to see if it taste to my bud. If it isn't spicy enough, add more red pepper paste. If you want more taste, add both pastes. Let the heat dissolve the pastes. Then taste again and hopefully, it's to your taste... hehe~ Before you eat the soup, add chopped green onions.
Now you can eat with rice and kim-chi! :)

This past Friday when I chilled with my friend, we checked out Icing. There were three headbands I liked, but I ended up bringing one home... hehe~
I like how unique the headband is. I haven't seen two bands together with a bow. I like it a lot!... hehe~ :)

I haven't done my nails for two weeks. I don't know if it's just me but do you remember the review for Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen review (click here to see post)? I only did nail art on two fingers with the pen. When I erased my nail polish a week after, I noticed the two fingers I used the Sally Hansen was weak, whereas, the others weren't. I thought that was strange! :X During that time, I didn't color my nails. I wanted it to get stronger. I wonder if it's just me or has it happened to you guys?

Anyways, this is my nail of the week (NOTW #9). It's nothing unique or exciting. I just wanted a solid color on my nails... hehe~ I used China Glaze in For Audrey (click here to see the swatches of China Glaze).
It's also perfect for this spring season... hehe~

I'm going to end with the amigurumi I just finished. Since my unborn nephew is coming soon (in May), I wanted to make something for him. I always got something for my nieces, now for the future nephew, when they were born... hehe~ I wanted it baby safe and I saw the most perfect pattern online (click here to see the pattern). It's adorable, but at the same time, it looks very safe for a baby.
Of course, I didn't use the yarn with the hair sticking out (whatever you call that). Since babies put everything in their mouth, it isn't safe. I used baby yarn for this sheep. The only problem is I don't think it's that cute the one I made of course... hehe~ I like the one in the pattern so much better *sigh*. I don't know if I should give it to him or make something else *sigh*. :X

credit: haruki


Blair said...

fish soup recipe! and hairband! <3!!!

you never cease to surprise with your cutesy amigurumi =)

M said...

i wish i can just go over to your place to have dinner or something. you're an amazing chef!

cute bow headband! likey likey!

beeyoutiful7 said...


mae uen tang always remind me of my mom. she lovees this.. I do see her eating fish eye ball looking thing..

GROSS. Me & my dad doesnt look at her like a human .. ehehehehehehhe

thanks for sharing!

Askmewhats said...

You should be a chef or something Ally, you are so good with cooking! :) Love the polish color!

Jo said...

hey ahleesa my nails are exactly the same. when i leave nail polish on them for more than 2 days, they become weak (where they bend very easily) and very yellow.

Yumeko/Bittenbefore said...

the nail polish is a ,lovely color

ah u make me crave korean food

did i tell you? i broke my rule and started listeni to korean music heehee

i bought the big bang album and a few others in korea based on ur reccomendation

Yumeko/Bittenbefore said...

i saw a performance of them on korean tv [i have no idea wat song they were doing since i dont understand] but it was really impressive, there was a boy..uh Taeyoung? i probably spelt that wrongly hahahaha

i bought a few other cds based on what was in the charts at the store, the boys over flowers ost, SS501, DBSK, lee hyori [??] and 2 others whom i have no idea who they are hahahahah oh and the goong ost + dvds [with japanese subtitles]

miRaCLe said...

heart the headband!! love bow.. haha :D
wish i can sip on some of the fish soup!! looks spicy and yummy :p

and i love your nail polish too! looks really great on your hand ^^

the amigurumi is really cute!! :)

Yumeko/Bittenbefore said...

yup i have been watching!
i am up to episode 23 now
i think 24 is out in korea but i need to wait for subtitles T-T

i like all the versions hahah

Elizabeth said...

I'm hungryyy.
The fish soup looks so good.

I love your nail polish.
I want that color.


Tammy said...

How do you not LOVE this sheep..?? He's SO CUTE!!!!!

♡ Nic Nic ♡ said...

mmm soup looks yummy!! another cute crochet creation!

chau said...

your blog makes me hungry :)
i'm going to follow your blog if thats ok. i think i need all the help i can get when it comes to cooking lol

gio said...

The hairband is so cute and I love the color of your nail polish!

Kathryn said...

i had a really good time last friday! =)
oh, and that fish soup looks yummy! i'll try that soon!

Anonymous said...

lol i love it.
i saw it on soompi and thought of lambchop. though she was all white.

im keeping my fingers crossed for korea. we will see if it happens. at the very least i need to get out of canada for a bit... :T

Ahleessa said...

Kathryn: Of course I had a good time on Friday... hehe~ I think I always do with you! :) I'm craving for the yogurt though... lol~

julianne said...

I love that headband! It reminds me of some I found at, which has a bunch of great "double" styles.
Very elegant, like yours!

Ahleessa said...

julianne: Thank you for visiting my blog and commenting! :) I just checked out the website you gave and they have beautiful headbands! :)

Jamilla Camel said...

That Soup! That Headband! That Cuddly Sheep!!

I love it all!

Janelle said...

Mmm this soup looks delish! Too bad I'm allergic to fish. Sad day! I can eat shellfish, shrimp & almost anything else -- except fish! This post makes me want to eat fish even more lol.

I love trying different kinds of food. I need to explore Korean dishes more. :)

Hannah said...

Julianne, I just took your advice and went to that website,, and oh my God I loved it!! I just spent like $200 on headbands!

Kasumi said...

yummy food!
yay tiffany&co color! I got it too since I liked it so much :)

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