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New Gig: Arirang’s “Korea Today”
Jan03

New Gig: Arirang’s “Korea Today”

Starting a few weeks ago, I took over the “Korea Eats” segment on Arirang’s morning show, “Korea Today.” It’s my first regular live TV gig. In the ’90s, I was used to being the person being behind the camera, working at a news station as a director, cameraman, graphics, and audio operator. It’s weird being in front of the camera on live TV. I also gotta get up around 4 a.m. on Fridays...

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The Rise of the Sandwich… and Ghosts?
Apr04

The Rise of the Sandwich… and Ghosts?

The cover story in the April issue of Groove is about the rise of sandwiches in Seoul (p. 36). Any expat here has experienced that odd creature that is the Korean sandwich. It’s where sandwich art goes to die. Ham, cheese, and strawberries. BLT with tartar sauce. Today, I saw at Paris Croissant a new fish sandwich that had a fried fish fillet, lettuce, tartar sauce, and… sweet bulgogi sauce. It’s like Korean sandwich...

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ON TV: ZenKimchi on “Chef on the Road”
Nov18

ON TV: ZenKimchi on “Chef on the Road”

I’m a little late reporting this. THAT’S HOW BUSY I’VE BEEN HERE!! Channel: National Geographic Channel Show: “Chef on the Road” Host: Chef Ryan Clift (Tippling Club, Singapore) THE PLOT Award-winning chef Ryan Clift has five days to learn what he can about Korean cuisine and come up with a Korean dinner for Korean food experts. We were fixers for this episode. Veronica (ZenKimchi’s partner from...

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San Francisco-area food documentary to feature Koreafornia Cooking
Oct24

San Francisco-area food documentary to feature Koreafornia Cooking

Koreafornian Cooking will star in a food-culture documentary on San Francisco Bay–area Korean cable television station, set to air in late October. San Jose, Calif.-based KEMS-TV broadcasts on cable channel 197 in most of the San Francisco Bay area. Beside original Korean-language programming, the channel also airs Arirang K-pop shows and MBC dramas. KEMS Rosa Kim contacted me in June via YouTube about being part of a Korean food...

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Tammy's interview with Roy Choi of Kogi BBQ
Oct24

Tammy's interview with Roy Choi of Kogi BBQ

On Sept. 11, I spent an hour of my day interviewing Roy Choi of Kogi BBQ. Choi discussed his soon-to-be-released biography, Flavor! Napa Valley and his opinion on pairing Korean foods with wine, the marketing of Korean cuisine and advice for the next generation of chefs and food writers. Choi is preparing for the Nov. 5 release of his book, L.A. Son: My Life, My City, My Food. The book, co-written by Tien Nguyen and Natasha Phan, is...

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Tteokgalbi in the Wall Street Journal
Nov15

Tteokgalbi in the Wall Street Journal

Last week, my first ever piece for theWall Street Journal was published. It covers Chef Woo-joong Kwon and his restaurant East Village, which strives successfully to do Korean fine dining. We particularly talk about his restaurant’s signature dish, an upgrade of tteokgalbi, which is usually like a flaccid hamburger steak. I ate this after taking the photos, and it is definitely different. The meat has the bouncy texture of ribs...

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