Korean Ham & Eggs with Chile Maple Sauce

by Kate on September 26, 2013

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Right about now, you may be scratching your head and thinking,” This doesn’t looks like a dessert, baked good or sweet treat of any kind. Where’s the chocolate? No cake? What in the world?” Ok, so Korean Ham & Eggs with Chile Maple Sauce isn’t something you’d normally find around here but today I’m changing things up a bit. Truth be told, once a month going forward you may find recipes that are a little out of the norm for this space but change is a good thing, right? This is my first month participating in the Pass the Cookbook Club.

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If you’re anything like me, you probably have a ton of cookbooks collecting dust on a shelf. Sure, I cooked a few of the recipes from each when I first bought them then they were relegated to a shelf and forgotten. The Pass the Cookbook Club has us dusting off those books and delving back in. Each month it’s a different book and a choice of three recipes.

This month our cookbook was Seoultown Kitchen by Debbie Lee. This book is filled with Korean pub grub that had me drooling over my choices. In the end, I chose her recipe for Spam and eggs. I’ve eaten Spam once or twice back in high school. I don’t remember it being a bad experience but the grownup in me was having a hard time bringing myself to actually give it another go. So, I adapted to something I’m more familiar with. Taylor Ham. AKA: Pork Roll. This seems to be a product that is very regional so another great addition would be a small ham steak. Ooo! Or how about some crispy pancetta?

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A sunny side up egg sits atop a slice of crisp, pan-fried pork roll and a bed of white rice all drizzle with a sweet and spicy chile maple sauce. The sweetness of the sauce is wonderful paired with the salty pork roll and the tender egg. This simple Asian dish made a wonderful lunch or would be a wonderful addition to a brunch. Delving into Asian cooking and a new to me cookbook has me looking forward to making this dish again as much as I’m looking forward to seeing what next month holds.

Enjoy!

~K

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Korean Ham & Eggs with Chile Maple Sauce

20 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Korean Ham & Eggs with Chile Maple Sauce

Sunny side up eggs served with crisp pork roll slices, rice and a sweet and spicy maple chile sauce.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons finely ground chile powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 8 eggs
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 4 slices of pork roll
  • 4 cups cooked white rice, hot

Instructions

  1. In a small pot combine maple syrup, chile powder, cinnamon and smoked paprika. Bring to a boil then reduce heat. Simmer 10 minutes then keep warm.
  2. Place a large nonstick skillet over medium low heat. Add vegetable oil and heat 1-2 minutes until hot. Crack eggs into hot pan and cook, sunny side up 4-5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  3. Place a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add pork roll slices and cook 3-4 minutes per side.
  4. To serve, place 1 cup of rice on a plate. Top with 1 slice of pork roll and two eggs. Drizzle with maple chile sauce. Serve immediately.

Notes

Adapted from Seoultown Kitchen

http://foodbabbles.com/2013/09/korean-ham-and-eggs-with-chile-maple-sauce/

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Jennie @themessybakerblog September 26, 2013 at 8:52 am

Kate, this recipe is making my mouth water. Oh my, it looks so good. I’m excited to see what other outside-the-box recipes you’ll be posting.

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Kate September 26, 2013 at 2:39 pm

Thanks Jennie! Pass the Cookbook already seems like such a wonderful group to be a part of. I love that already, it’s challenged me to take on something new.

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dixya| food, pleasure, and health September 26, 2013 at 9:40 am

I dont eat pork and spam always scares me but your dish looks tempting.

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Kate September 26, 2013 at 2:40 pm

Spam scares me a little too ;) But I’m happy that this dish still looks tempting to you!

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Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie September 26, 2013 at 11:46 am

Great presentation!

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Kate September 26, 2013 at 2:40 pm

Thanks Erin!

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Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts September 26, 2013 at 12:21 pm

Look gorgeous! That sauce for the top sounds so good!

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Kate September 26, 2013 at 2:41 pm

Thank you Erin! I loved the sauce. It was a little sweet, a little spicy and you just need a bit to accent this lovely meal.

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Zainab @ Blahnik Baker September 26, 2013 at 5:33 pm

This dish is so tempting even to a non-pork eater like me. Looks very good!! I am looking forward to next month as well :)

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Amanda September 27, 2013 at 11:01 am

Kate! Welcome to the club :) I was so unsure about this recipe when I saw it on the list because, well… SPAM. I love how you adapted the recipe to use pork roll. Your photos are mouthwatering and I just want to eat it right up!

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Kate September 30, 2013 at 9:40 am

Thank you Amanda! I can’t wait to see what the club holds for next month. Excited to be participating and absolutely loved the first group of recipes.

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Kita September 28, 2013 at 12:59 pm

Ok – foodie ignorance here! I’ve never had pork roll (hand’t had Spam until this recipe myself). What is it? Is it just like ham??

Welcome to the club! Looking forward to see what you pick next month!

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Kate September 29, 2013 at 9:22 pm

Not ignorant at all ;) I don’t know where you’re located but I’m pretty sure pork roll AKA: Taylor Ham is a pretty regional thing. I’m on the East Coast (NJ) and it’s a breakfast staple here. Taylor ham, egg and cheese on a hard roll is just the best breakfast sandwich on Earth. It’s such a hard thing to explain. It’s kind of like a salty, breakfast salami or like a saltier, firmer bologna? I don’t know :) It’s good and definitely something you want in your life if you can find it. I lived in NC for a while and I was in total culture shock when I moved there because I couldn’t find it. No one had even heard of it. That’s when I realized it really was kind of a Jersey thing.

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Emily @ Life on Food September 29, 2013 at 4:14 pm

So, I couldn’t the Spam but this looks amazing. Is pork roll similar to Spam?

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Kate September 29, 2013 at 9:26 pm

I was just telling Kita all about it. Such a hard thing to explain! I don’t know where you’re located but I’m pretty sure pork roll AKA: Taylor Ham is a pretty regional thing. I’m on the East Coast (NJ) and it’s a breakfast staple here. Taylor ham, egg and cheese on a hard roll is just the best breakfast sandwich on Earth. It’s such a hard thing to explain. It’s kind of like a salty, breakfast salami or like a saltier, firmer bologna? I don’t know It’s good and definitely something you want in your life if you can find it. I lived in NC for a while and I was in total culture shock when I moved there because I couldn’t find it. No one had even heard of it. That’s when I realized it really was kind of a Jersey thing.

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Terra September 30, 2013 at 10:04 pm

I like when we bloggers shake things up:-) This is definitely a recipe hubby and I both would enjoy! I love the addition of maple syrup, a fun sweet and spicy flavor! Yum, Hugs, Terra

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