Korean Grandma Toast

We were planning to bring our girls to Korea after their college graduation. But with this pandemic that’s happening around the world, I don’t think we will be traveling anytime in the foreseeable future. So to make the most of our current situation, I thought to bring a little bit of Korea to our home instead. Grandma toast is a very popular street food item in Korea. Locals have said that they usually grab this as breakfast on the go. It can come in different varieties or what you put as add ons.

To make, you will need the following: a quarter of a cabbage thinly shredded, a small carrot jullienned (cut into matchstick pieces), 2 eggs, butter, 2 pieces ham slices, 2 pieces American cheddar cheese and 4 sliced white bread. This recipe makes two sandwiches. Note: save about 1/2 cup of shredded cabbage and carrots to be used later once you assemble your sandwich. Also it’s important that you shred your cabbage really thin, use a mandolin if you have one.

First, prepare your toast by melting a tablespoon of butter in a non-stick pan. Then place your bread and cook until golden brown on both sides. You need to add another tablespoon of butter once you flip it to cook the other side. Continue cooking it this way until you have used up all 4 bread slices. Set aside and keep warm.

Place your shredded cabbage, jullienned carrots and 2 beaten eggs in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper and mix well. Get a non-stick pan and place over medium heat. Add about 1 tablespoon of butter and swirl around your pan. Pour half of your vegetable mixture and cook for a couple of minutes or until the bottom is set. Then flip and cook the other side until browned and eggs are not runny. You may need to add more butter as you are cooking it. It may also take longer to cook if your omelet is thick. So make sure to lower your heat to avoid burning it. When your omelet is done sprinkle some sugar (I use a scant teaspoon), then top with a sliced cheese and a piece of ham.

To assemble, place your omelet with the cheese and ham slices on one of the toasted bread. Then add some shredded cabbage and carrots that you have set side on top. Squeeze some ketchup before topping with the other bread slice. Serve immediately !

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