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Michelin Guide Seoul: Why You Shouldn’t Rely On It

Two articles recently came out on Korea Exposé about Seoul's Michelin Red Guide. KÉ Interview: British Food Critic Roasts Michelin Guide on Seoul   What the British Food Critic Doesn’t Know The first interviews British critic Andy Hayler, who claims to...

Why I Won’t Open Another Restaurant In Korea

The copycat culture is getting more and more shameless. I knew of people coming over and taking pictures of the food, trying to take it apart. I remember back when people were doing that at Vatos when they first opened. Last year, after I left the BBQ Pub, a friend...

Where To Eat in Korea? Download Our New App.

Is there a reliable map of restaurants in Seoul? What bars have specials tonight? I'm visiting Seoul. What should I do there? Are there any good tours? How can I meet fellow Korean foodies in Korea? I've been working hard for the past few months on this, and now it's...

Has Korea’s E-Mart Policy Hurt More Than Helped?

Is E-Mart Killing The Economy? Korea's traditional grocery stores are struggling. They have been struggling for decades, since the first E-Mart "super-supermarket" opened in 1993. According to a recent article by Korea Exposé, between 2000 and 2011, for every one...

Beware Korean Food TV Scams

This was posted recently on Facebook: Hello, everyone! Namaste ^^; Today, I received a call from a big cable broadcasting company in our country. There is a kind of food broadcasting. They suggest to me that some famous entertainers come to our restaurant and take a...

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10 Best Korean Chicken Joints

My rule of thumb is this. To tell a good chicken place, look at the people inside. If it’s full of beautiful young women taking selfies, likely isn’t good chicken. If it’s full of middle-aged men who look like life has kicked them in the teeth–GREAT CHICKEN!

10 unique souvenirs you should get in Seoul

One of the most stressful parts of traveling is getting souvenirs for friends, family, and office mates. I've lived in the Seoul area since 2004, and I've been a tour guide for a few years. In my own experience and through talking with tourists over the years, I've...

Promoting Korean Food, Chapter 4: Y2Y Marketing

A few years ago I was asked to write a small book on promoting Korean food. I finished the manuscript, but it never got published. The publisher ended up going out of business. Here is the old manuscript for your enjoyment, posted in segments. Keep in mind that...

Crispy Onions Rings made with SOJU!

One night, I noshed on a multi-hour old onion ring. It was still light and crispy. Not greasy. It came from our new little experiment that we’ve implemented at OK Burger on the Cheonggyecheon.

Behind-the-scenes with Anthony Bourdain, What Is It Like?

"Who's that old geezer?" Oh, Christ, not now. We were shooting the final shot with Anthony Bourdain before he returned to the hotel and jumped on a flight back to New York. He was sitting at a lonely street food cart in Gangnam--one of the few that hadn't been flipped...

Promoting Korean Food, Chapter 3: Common Myths About Foreigners

A few years ago I was asked to write a small book on promoting Korean food. I finished the manuscript, but it never got published. The publisher ended up going out of business. Here is the old manuscript for your enjoyment, posted in segments. Keep in mind that...

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Michelin Guide Seoul: Why You Shouldn’t Rely On It

Two articles recently came out on Korea Exposé about Seoul's Michelin Red Guide. KÉ Interview: British Food Critic Roasts Michelin Guide on Seoul   What the British Food Critic Doesn’t Know The first interviews British critic Andy Hayler, who claims to...

Why I Won’t Open Another Restaurant In Korea

The copycat culture is getting more and more shameless. I knew of people coming over and taking pictures of the food, trying to take it apart. I remember back when people were doing that at Vatos when they first opened. Last year, after I left the BBQ Pub, a friend...

Try the New Improved MegaMaps

The latest version of the ZenKimchi Food & Tours App has been released on both iOS and Android. We're steadily getting new downloads. I hadn't promoted the app heavily until I fixed some basic annoyances I had with it. Mainly, THE MEGAMAP. The original workaround was...

Has Korea’s E-Mart Policy Hurt More Than Helped?

Is E-Mart Killing The Economy? Korea's traditional grocery stores are struggling. They have been struggling for decades, since the first E-Mart "super-supermarket" opened in 1993. According to a recent article by Korea Exposé, between 2000 and 2011, for every one...

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