For the past 7 months, I’ve been trying out this thing called working. By trying out, I mean that there’s been zero room for anything else in my life, and this includes this blog and my poor cat who now hates me and tried to piss on me the other night. My terribly mannered cat trying to filch a cube of chicken. So my...read more
Was giving an all-day private tour yesterday. One of the things we had was Insa-dong’s Ddong Bbang (“Poop Bread”). It’s a lot like IngeoBbang/BungeoBbang (the fish-shaped pastries). It’s a pancake batter cooked in a mold and filled with red beans. Just shaped like a pile of dog poop. The first time I...read more
The Filipino Department of Tourism invited Korean bloggers for a tour of the Philippines. The goal was to highlight areas that were under the radar of tourists and to check out attractions that were being developed. This is my diary of that trip. Day 1: Getting There For the flight to the Philippines, we had to meet at Incheon...read more
Hwe. Korean sashimi. It’s not just a way to prepare raw fish. It’s a dance of courses and flavors using every part of the fish.
Bluefish pushes to make it a more ethereal experience.read more
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first post by guest contributor Jenna Collett 라면 for One I have never seen Ms. Ahn eat alone. I’ve never seen her eat without sharing with the closest available mouth. On any given day I’d be handed a near constant stream of easy-to-share edibles: segments of oranges and tangerines, slices of...read more
If you read most Korean food blogs, they will tell you that Koreans don’t eat coriander, aka cilantro. They’ll tell you straight to your face that cilantro and Korean cuisine have never crossed paths before.
As the Ask the Korean blog reported a couple of years ago:
“Korea has never grown cilantro, and cilantro is not a part of Korean cuisine. …
But Korean people’s cilantro-hate is nonetheless interesting, because it is a nice reflection of Korea’s insularity.”read more
For the second time in a row, Galbi has won ZenKimchi’s Korean Food March Mayhem. It went up against Jeyuk Bokkeum, which had gone much further than it had ever gone. But it was no match against top seed Galbi, which won with 83.3% of the vote. Here are this year’s rankings. Champion: Galbi Runner Up: Jeyuk Bokkeu Third...read more
This was the best sushi experience I ever had. It looked like “Jiro Dreams of Sushi.”read more
VIPS (pronounced, um, vips) is Korea’s version of Sizzler. It’s a chain steakhouse run by CJ Foodville that has been around since 1997. When I first came to Korea in 2004, it and Outback were the only places to get steak, really. Back then Outback was even better. But over the years Outback really slid in quality while...read more
The fine folks at Yeontabal 연타발 invited me over for a night of some lovely beef intestines and heart. I’m usually skeptical of a lot of upscale Korean restaurants because they usually think fine dining is just a bunch of fussy pretension, high prices, and bland food. Not so at Yeontabal! They’re pricey, but that was a...read more