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Korean Kitchen Hacking: Missin' da Waffle House

I couldn’t resist it much longer. I needed a grease fix. Korean food is great and healthy. Sometimes it’s too healthy.

There are times when I really miss Waffle House, or the “Awful Waffle,” as we used to call it. It’s one of those places that intimidates those who’ve never ventured inside but is comforting to those who have made the journey.

Waffle House serves breakfast twenty-four hours a day, but I’m not interested in breakfast beyond a pecan waffle. I’ve always ordered a Chicken Melt Plate with Hashbrowns scattered, smothered, covered, topped, and peppered.

A waffle maker I still have yet to acquire. So I made do with the chicken melt. I had done this in the past, but my hashbrowns had always turned out bad — limp, soggy, sometimes a little green.

Korean Kitchen Hacking: Missin' da Waffle House

I’ve since learned that after you grate them, you have to leech the starch out of them, like my Perfect French Fries technique. In this case, I drown the grated potatoes in ice cold water with a little salt in a bowl in the refrigerator for two hours or so. While I was waiting, I fried some diced onions.

Korean Kitchen Hacking: Missin' da Waffle House

After draining the potatoes, I put them in a frying pan with butter over medium heat.

Korean Kitchen Hacking: Missin' da Waffle House
Korean Kitchen Hacking: Missin' da Waffle House

After shaping them, I just left them there. Yes, leave them for around ten minutes or so. They won’t crisp up if you move them around like a potato stir-fry.

Korean Kitchen Hacking: Missin' da Waffle House

I didn’t like just standing there doing nothing, so I added a pat of butter and some black pepper.

Korean Kitchen Hacking: Missin' da Waffle House

I flipped them over, and they were nice and brown (hence “hashbrowns“).

Korean Kitchen Hacking: Missin' da Waffle House

Smothered them in sauteed onions and covered them with cheese.

Korean Kitchen Hacking: Missin' da Waffle House

I covered the pan to let the cheese melt. In the meantime, I seasoned a chicken breast with salt and lots of pepper. While my hashbrowns were sitting on the plate, I sauteed the chicken in butter.

Korean Kitchen Hacking: Missin' da Waffle House

Setting the chicken aside, I toasted the bread according to a technique I learned as a short order cook. One slice, one side first.

Korean Kitchen Hacking: Missin' da Waffle House

Flip it and add slice #2.

Korean Kitchen Hacking: Missin' da Waffle House

Put the cheese on the toasted side.

Korean Kitchen Hacking: Missin' da Waffle House

Then the onions and chicken.

Korean Kitchen Hacking: Missin' da Waffle House

And that’s it!

Korean Kitchen Hacking: Missin' da Waffle House

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