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Food As Therapy: How to Cook Like Eve From Killing Eve

Sometimes a bad mood can be turned around with the help of an ice cream cone, or a bag full of candy—or hell, even a crispy skin roast chicken. Food can offer some small comfort when going through difficult times, and the therapeutic, nurturing effects of cooking have been proven time and time again. Just ask all the folks who are churning out homemade breads, baked goods, and other daunting treats at home like Mary Berry.


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Food has been an ever-present and rather important part of Killing Eve since Season 1. Whether it’s Villanelle diving mouth first into a slice of cake, or Eve and Carolyn eyeing a case of sausages, you’ll find some version of food porn in almost every episode. (Confession: I pretty much always want cake or some form of sweets after watching an episode. Thanks Villanelle!) Yes, we all eat to live, but some of us live to eat and food can often play very different roles in our lives. For Villanelle, it seems that food is something she indulges in for fun and usually out of boredom. For Eve, food and cooking in particular, serve a far more cathartic purpose.


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In Season 1 we watched as Eve frenetically chopped vegetables and groped poultry in hopes of bringing back some normalcy into her life. (Spoiler alert: it didn’t work). In Season 3, she turns to cooking yet again as a way to find a new normal—and distract herself from recent trauma. There’s something very telling about the fact that she ends up in the kitchen of a Korean restaurant. Perhaps there’s something comforting about returning to her roots through Korean food. Personally, when I feel low, nothing quite soothes my soul more than a nostalgic dish from my childhood. But hey, maybe Eve just really likes keeping her hands busy with a never-ending demand for mandu.


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With the state of the world as it is, we thought it would be fun (and perhaps a nice challenge to some) to cook like Eve by diving into some Korean classics. We don’t expect you to make kimchi from scratch, so don’t worry, but we do hope you take a stab (ahem) at cooking some Korean classics. Your menu could look a little like this: start with mandu since they’re the perfect appetizer—this kimchi mandu recipe makes our mouths water. Follow that up with some japchae and bulgogi, and then bring in the main star, an absolute crowd favorite, the beloved bibimbap. After this meal, you’ll likely fall into a delightful food coma. We’re not claiming that these hearty dishes will solve our problems, but they sure will make them float away for an hour or two. And right now, that’s the most we can ask for.

Kimchi Mandu

Ingredients:
For the dumpling skin

  • 25 dumpling wrappers (large)
  • Some water in a small bowl (to help with sealing the wrapper)

For the dumpling filling

  • 1 and 1/2 cups Kimchi, finely chopped
  • 250g / 8.8 ounces tofu (firm), minced
  • 200g / 7 ounces mung bean sprouts, parboiled and finely chopped
  • 130g /4.6 ounces minced pork (or beef)
  • 1/2 onion (50g / 1.7 ounces), finely chopped
  • 10g / 0.3 ounces garlic chives, finely chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • A few sprinkles of ground black peppers

Other

  • Some cooking oil (rice bran oil works)
  • 1/4 cup water to use in pan frying (This is one batch use, so if you’re cooking in multiple batches, you will need more water.)

See full instructions here.

 

Japchae

Ingredients:

  • 250g / 8.8 ounces Korean sweet potato starch noodles
  • 100g / 3.5 ounces rib eye fillet, cut into strips
  • 1 carrots (120g / 4.2 ounces), rinsed, peeled & julienned
  • 110g / 3.9 ounces baby spinach, rinsed
  • 1/4 red capsicum / bell pepper (50g / 1.8 ounces), rinsed & julienned
  • 1/2 yellow onion (105g / 3.7 ounces) – peeled, rinsed & thinly sliced
  • 100g / 3.5 ounces fresh shiitake mushroom – cleaned, stems removed & thinly sliced

Additional ingredients needed:

Spinach seasoning:

  • 1/4 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame oil

Beef marinade:

  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp rice wine (mirin)
  • 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame oil

Noodles and mushrooms marinade:

  • 4 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper

Finishing touches:

See full instructions here.

Flank Steak Bulgogi

Ingredients:

  • 1 flank steak (about 1.5 to 2 pounds)
  • 2 scallions, roughly chopped

Marinade:

  • 5 to 6tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine or mirin or white wine
  • 4 tablespoons juice from a can of pineapple use 100% juice
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 to 1-1/2teaspoons finely grated ginger
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds
  • 1/8teaspoon pepper

See full instructions here.

Bibimbap

Ingredients:
Meat and meat sauce:

  • 100g / 3.5 ounces beef mince (or other cuts)
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp minced garlic

Vegetables and other components:

Bibimbap sauce:

See full instructions here.

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