Welcome to this week"s "Eat Like a K-pop Star." It"s the weekly series where we showcase a delicious Korean specialty or something we"ve seen a K-pop star chowing down on lately and show you how to get or create some food of your own.
A new Coca-Cola campaign is the inspiration behind this week"s "Eat Like a K-pop Star." The company has long featured some of the world"s most iconic faces on its classic Coke bottles, and has recently included stars like Dara, Crayon Pop, and Lee Hito their bottle lineup.
(Photo : Lee Hi"s instagram)
There"s nothing like a cold Coke or Diet Coke fountain drink on a hot day. But Coca-Cola is also a sweet and tangy ingredient to add to other recipes.
Many recipes that use cola are Southern inspired. It"s no surprise, since Atlanta is the birthplace of the fizzy drink. So, might as well start off a Coca-Cola meal right with some Coke-brined Southern Fried Chicken. James Beard award-winning chef John Currence combines the sweetness of Coke with super spices like smoked Spanish paprika and cayenne to serve up juicy chicken that explodes with flavor.
If fried chicken isn"t your thing, Rachael Ray has a super easy recipefor pulled pork with Coca-Cola. Adding Coke to a slowly cooked pork shoulder and some ancho chile powder is a delicious way to pack a whole lot of punch into a simple cut of pork. The recipe is meant to be eaten as sandwiches, but it"s tasty enough to be eaten straight out of the slow cooker with a fork.
Now delicious meat needs no accompaniment, but for the sake of appearances, let"s add a side dish. Arroz con Coca-Cola from My Colombian Recipesis the perfect accompaniment to a Coke-marinated main course. The sweetness from the cola combines with the heat from some scallions, salt from chicken bouillon, and richness from a hint of butter to create a perfect marriage of flavor in a simple and affordable side dish.
Got room for dessert? Good, because a chocolate Coca-Cola cake shouldn"t go uneaten. Most cooks south of the U.S."s Mason-Dixon Line have their own version of this traditional Southern dessert, but this recipe from Southern Livingis a good starting point. In it, the cola mixes with buttermilk in the cake part and butter and cocoa for the decadent frosting, yet somehow the cake melts in the mouth as a perfect combo of light and rich.
Full yet? Go ahead and wash it all down with a K-pop coke. Enjoy!