The Secret to Great Kimbap
Jul14

The Secret to Great Kimbap

  Put tasty grilled sausage in there. EJ threw some li’l smokies in these. Ni-i-i-ice. GD Star...

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Another Hilarious Bibimbap Ad
Jun27

Another Hilarious Bibimbap Ad

CORRECTIONS AND UPDATES: The Bibimbap Backpackers contacted us and informed us that they have been working separately from Seo Kyung Duk since 2012. Even though it wasn’t mentioned in the post, they also want to verify that they get no government support. They regret the ad they posted and will try harder to contemplate their promotions before posting. From the Bibimbap Backpackers, who are a subsidiary of Seo Kyung Duk’s...

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WTF: Domino’s Korea’s New World Cup Monstrosity
Jun13

WTF: Domino’s Korea’s New World Cup Monstrosity

I ain’t gonna be gentle about it. Korea has some fucked up pizzas. The American-based chains are the worst offenders, trying to outdo each other in how outrageously disgusting their next pizza will be. I think they’re doing some high stakes trolling competition with each other. “What can we trick Koreans into eating before even they will say, ‘That’s gross, man’?” Thanks to Max on the Pizza...

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Critic Burns Trendy Itaewon Restaurant via Epic Email
Mar06

Critic Burns Trendy Itaewon Restaurant via Epic Email

Background on this. An Itaewon restaurant wanted a local magazine to review it. After eating there, the reviewer sent this email in reply. I was given permission to re-post this. Names have been redacted.  Hi XXXX, how are you?I’m writing concerning the status of the article about your restaurant. Let me preface it by saying thank you for the samples you provided and for your time. Essentially, I’ve come to the conclusion...

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Woomi Dakgalbi, Chuncheon, Korea
Oct25

Woomi Dakgalbi, Chuncheon, Korea

Woomi is an old-school 닭갈비 dakgalbi restaurant that has been in the mountain lakeside city of 춘천 Chuncheon, South Korea, since 1970. This was the Chuncheon dakgalbi I remember from my teaching English in the city in 1997. That was before the 2002 Korean TV drama 겨울연가 Gyeoun Yeonga (Winter Sonata) turned the sites used for filming into a foreign tourism magnet as well as the 2005 closure of the U.S. Army’s Camp Page carried the...

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Confessions of a Kimchi Craver

There was a brief stretch in my first month in Korea when I stopped eating kimchi. I blame culture shock. I had not yet grown my Asian palate and had made the expat’s error of expecting certain colours and shapes to correspond to familiar tastes. I spent far too much time pondering the explosive flavours in my mouth. This was not a side dish to be gastronomically deconstructed – not for beginners anyway. Some of the best...

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