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Bon Appétit does a great list of must-eat Seoul restaurants

[Eat and Drink Your Way Through Seoul–Ashlea Halpern, Bon Appétit] This may be one of the better rundowns of the new Seoul restaurant scene in western media. Okay, admittedly, I was a consultant on this one, and a lot of the restaurants coincided with my...

WinK Kitchen & Taphouse

There aren’t many great American pubs south of the river, particularly near Gyodae. WinK is not only a good option, it’s worth a trip across the river.

NEW “Gangnam Style” Menu at Park Hyatt Seoul

I was invited by the Park Hyatt Seoul to try their new “Gangnam Style” menu. Longtime readers will remember how jaded I’ve become to Korean fine dining. It all tends to be about presentation while flavor takes a bland backseat. I’m happy to say...

CIA Greystone hosts Korean cuisine contest

The Korean government doesn’t want Korean cuisine to be Los Angeles’ best kept secret, so the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) Greystone, based in St. Helena, Calif., in cooperation with the Korea Agro-Fisheries and Food Trade Corporation (also called...

THIS WEEK: Gary Mehigan Tastes Korea

Australian TV will broadcast “Far Flung with Gary Mehigan” this week, where he will visit South Korea. I got to spend an evening and morning with Chef Mehigan in Jeonju, as we discussed bibimbap. For those who were following back then, this was while I was...

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8 Great Korean Restaurant Franchises (and bad ones)

There’s something I’d say for Korea that I wouldn’t say for America–there are some freakin’ good restaurant franchises that I’d recommend even over independent restaurants. Their quality is consistently good. These would also be...

Bibimbap in Jeonju: Where to Eat it and Bloody Well Enjoy it

Written by Rob McGovern In order to keep it fair and cover as much of the city as possible, I have tried several restaurants that were previously unknown to me, and I have been back to a few that I know very well. I have included restaurants based on a few factors,...

First Full Moon Day and Energy Tteok

Posted by shinshine The first full moon day (정월대보름; jeong wol dae bo reum or dae bo reum) of the year by lunar calendar, which is February 28th this year, is recognized as one of the five traditional Korean holidays.  Yet maybe because it comes so soon after the...

"The Art of Korean Cooking" … in 1959

Posted by Grace Meng A friend of mine recently gave me an amazing gift, a Korean cookbook published in 1959 that she found in a used bookstore.  Called “The Art of Korean Cooking,” it’s a slim, spiral-bound book of just over 100 pages.  There are no...

Lasagna with Sliced Tteok

Posted by shinshine Do you have any leftover sliced tteok after making the rice cake soup (떡국; tteok guk) on New Year’s Day?  Tteok guk is good any day and also one of the best hangover food for me, so I always keep a package of thinly sliced tteok in the...

The Twelve Days of Tteokbokki: a Recap

Tammy completed an awesome task in creating twelve different recipes for tteokbokki from different corners of the world while bringing it on home to Korea for the finale. Once again, here are the recipes. Day 1 – Szechuan Tteokbokki Day 2 – Thai Green...

Recipe: Multi-colored TteokManduGuk

We tried a little variation on the traditional TteokGuk this new year.  Usually TteokGuk is a broth made with beef brisket.  Well, not where Eun Jeong comes from.  She made something more akin to her mother’s recipe, which involved a briny anchovy broth with...

Dear Jeon… A Lunar New Year Recipe

새해 복 많이 받으세요! Saehae bok manhi badeuseyo! Happy New Year! We’re having a small intimate new year in the ZenKimchi household.  Here’s a little party food that uses strange ingredients but surprisingly tastes good together, especially hot and fresh.  This is...

Homemade Hotteok

Posted by Grace Meng There are a lot of hotteok recipes online.  Based on my blog stats, there are even more people looking for hotteok recipes.  It surprised me that a street food, a simple fried pancake stuffed with brown sugar and nuts, is so sought after.  And...

The Makgeolli/Makkoli Debate by Andrew Salmon

ZenKimchi note: This is in response to the article and corresponding video written and produced by Daniel Gray of Seoul Eats regarding the promotion of 막걸리 overseas.  I appeared at the beginning of the video, which was taken at Dan’s 30th birthday party and...
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