Thursday, August 28, 2008

Have you seen the iPhone Girl?

It all started on the Apple discussion forum -, when a user posted pictures of an Asian (he said may be Chinese) in a cute pink factory outfit working on what looks an assembly line of iPhones. The British guy only known as markm49uk said that he found the pictures on his brand new iPhones he bought a few weeks ago. There were three pictures of this cute girl posing beside the iPhones, smiling and poses with V-signs beside an iPhone. They said that it appears that someone in the production line was having a bit of fun. The even commented on her being cute and hot and even her teeth being straight (for a factory worker). But also show concern about her getting so fired once the pictures spread into the blogosphere. Evidently, she is fast becoming so popular on the net as the "iPHONE GIRL". A website was even created for her - There are also reports confirmong that she may be working at the Taiwan-based Foxconn and definitely not fired.

I remember about a couple of years ago, when I was looking to buy this particular Vk Mobile model. I found only one Korean dealer who's got it. Although he said that it was just the sample unit(and the only one), I found the package satisfying and very new. Everything is included -extra battery, screen film protectors, accessories, and a lot more. And even cheap too. The only weird thing was, there were already pictures from the photo gallery. They seem to be taken in a warehouse or something, one pic with a chinky-eyed guy working on a PC . I just thought the mobile dealer took the phone camera for some test shots since it was their sample unit. But I guess that's what we get from the cellphones manufactured in China. Free pictures. Though British guy got so lucky getting the cute iPhone Girl's picture.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Kimchi Jjigae

I mentioned on my other blog that I love Korean food. One of the easiest to cook is the Kimchi Jjigae (or Kimchi stew). The preparation of the kimchi itself is quite complicated to non Koreans like us. But we can always buy from the local kimchi supplier. You can get it fresh or the fully fermented kimchi meant to make this jjigae.
The main ingredient of course would be the sliced kimchi and some kimchi juice. For meat either thinly sliced pork or beef can be used though personally I like to use some pork chunks. Also slice up some tofu -firm or soft depending on how you like it, Korean ground red pepper or kochugaru, onion leeks, onion, soysauce, garlic, vegetable oil and a sliced red or green chili for some extra kick or just a garnish.
First, the meat is simply stir-fried in vegetable oil, since i'm using pork chunks I like to fry the pork until there are some brown crusts around the edges. Then you can add the onion, garlic, kimchi and stir-fry for about 2 or 3 mins. Add some water (ratio would be like 2cups of kimchi to 3 1/2 cups of water) or some beef stock, bring to a rolling boil then simmer for a few minutes.
Add the kimchi juice enhance the flavor, the tofu, red pepper, soysauce and leeks. If you like it to be a little bit more zesty add the sliced chili now or just use it for garnish. Return to boil and simmer for two more minutes.
Kimchi Jjigae should always be served hot with a steaming cup of rice.
On another note, Kimchi jjigae cooked in a stonepot is guaranteed to taste better.