What’s in My Junk Food?

my favourite fast food is Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese at McDonalds. This burger contains two patties, which they are bigger than the patties of other burgers at McDonalds. To add to the thickness of the burger, two slices of cheese are included as well. Other ingredients are onions and pickles. There is reason why I like the Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese. I like the thick size of the burger due to the two patties and two cheeses. However, I am also aware that this burger is not a healthy diet choice. One of the main reasons is due to high sodium level in the burger. The World Health Organization recommends 2000mg of daily sodium intake. However, this single burger contains 1154mg of sodium (more than 50% of the recommendation), which is very high for a single meal. Excessive consumption of sodium can cause high blood pressure, kidney diseases, gastric cancer, and osteoporosis. Another reason why this burger is unhealthy is because of the high calorie level. The burger’s calories are measured as 712 calories, which can easily result in obesity with constant consumption.


FN10 – May Lab Reflection

All the labs our class did in May were interesting. Specifically, I enjoyed the labs when we made California Rolls, Fried Rice, Lasagna Roll-ups, and Pierogis. Out of these labs, I especially remember making Lasagna Roll-ups because they were the very first food I encountered and ate when I first arrived in Canada. I was glad that I got to learn how to make this food because I enjoyed the food, but did not know how to make them. After the lab, I had the opportunity to cook the Lasagna Roll-ups on my own. It was an amazing experience where I was able to translate the skills and knowledge learned in school to my daily living. In terms of group productivity, I believe all team members worked with equal amount of effort and we were able to display good team work that allowed us to complete all labs in timely manner.

FN10 – The Great Riverside Chili Cook-Off!

This lab was very intriguing because I am interested and also adore spicy food. In Korea, I always ate hot spicy food with hot pepper powder and paste. These were always part of my three meals. Most Koreans, including me, eat spicy food to release stress. Therefore, I wanted to put a lot of spicy ingredients in this lab’s food. Our group chose a dish named ‘Spicy Chili.’ Although I have tried various Korean spicy food, I have never tried this dish before so I was looking forward to it. First, we had to convert all the units in the recipe from imperial to metric. This process was difficult because we weren’t familiar with the new unit. Next we prepared ingredients. There are nine steps involved. Thankfully, the instructions on the recipe were simple and easy to follow. The two steps I found to be difficult were opening cans and finding the ideal amount of chili powder to put in. When I tasted for the first time, it was not spicy. However, after few trials and errors, our product turned out the way I had hoped. The taste of our product was initially strange, but became very addicting. Moreover, adding cheese braid to the chili made the tasting experience better. In conclusion, I strongly believe our team worked with great teamwork and efficiency that resulted with successful outcome. If I were to cook again, I would add more spicy ingredients such as Korean red pepper power and paste to explore new taste of chili.