Everyone’s crazy about Choco Pies in Korea. Even North Koreans are. There is a lot of pride taken in this confectionery. It’s assumed in Korea that the Orion company invented this type of treat. That’s why articles like this irk me.read more
Asian cuisine, and Korean food in particular, is notoriously difficult to pair with wine. Even wine-lovers agree that beer is easier on the palate, as it combats the ever-present chilli peppers and compliments the potent flavours without neutralising them. What’s more, wine doesn’t play a large role in Korean dining culture. Even...read more
I would like to deeply apologize, to all the ZenKimchi followers, for my long absence. I’ll be more diligent in posting more often. One of the representative Korean foods is 삼겹살 (samgyupsal), uncured pork belly, or the Korean bacon. As a matter of fact, samgyupsal’s popularity among Koreans would rival kimchi and...read more
Friday, March 29 2013 I was the first to wake up by a long shot. Around 6:00. I found some instant coffee and went outside. We’re facing the water. I watched the stillness while children played in the background. The accommodations are a bit Spartan, but not too rough. Because of Holy Week, there weren’t many rooms to book....read more
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