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Cheogajip: North Korean Restaurant Featured in The Washington Post
Dec22

Cheogajip: North Korean Restaurant Featured in The Washington Post

Advertise Here Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema posted his culinary highlights of 2013. Included was a lunch we had at the humble but divine Cheogajip. I credit Jennifer Flinn for telling me about this place. It’s really off the radar. As the article says, it’s basically run out of this North Korean family’s house near Yaksu Station, a little east of Itaewon. There’s not really a sign out front. Just a...

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TED Talk is Online–WATCH!

The talk I did for the worldwide TED talent search is online, along with my Seoul compadres. I talked about the meteoric rise of Korean food. I did have a flub in the middle, but I recovered. Still makes me cringe to see that. You can watch it here–and vote if you’re so inclined. Joe McPherson: The meteoric rise of Korean food Also watch the other great talks from that event. Dong Woo Jang (age 14): Crafting the perfect...

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My Footage on Serial Killer Earth (H2 channel)

I’ve just been informed that my footage of last year’s landslide at the EBS studios will be on “Serial Killer Earth,” a series on H2 (I think that means History Channel 2). It will first air on Saturday night (June 30th) and will repeat at different times. Here’s some of my video. » Inline Ad Purchase:  Banner...

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Pop-up Diary
Apr29

Pop-up Diary

This is a quick behind-the-scenes diary of setting up ZenKimchi and Seoul in the City’s pop-up restaurant, Back Kitchen Seoul. Read Seoul in the City’s account, too. For reviews on how the food and the evening actually went, check these out: Pop-up Surprise: Korean Food Re-imagined Korea Realtime, Wall Street Journal Blog   Korea’s First Pop Up Restaurant Farsickness: A Travel Blog   Back Kitchen Seoul, One...

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Self-serve Beer Bars
Apr06

Self-serve Beer Bars

I’d been hearing about self-serve beer bars not only opening but exploding in Seoul. These types of bars exist in other cities around the world, but it’s a very new concept in Korea, and it’s catching on quickly. Import beers are becoming popular with young Korean adults. FTAs with countries have been coming into effect recently. Import beer prices are going down. This type of bar is more than a bar. It’s a...

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Spring Herb Dishes of Korea

Clockwise from the top left are seawater tofu, dallae (달래 – small wild onion or Allium monanthum), naeng-yi (냉이 – Capsella bursapastoris), and godeul bbaegi (고들뺴기 – Crepidiastrum sonchifolium).  With the exception of tofu, these are considered early spring herbs easily found in grocery stores.  But the ones above that I found in Chuncheon open market (오일장 – o il jang) were a different breed with their flavors...

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Pop-up Restaurant This Weekend

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Seoul Restaurant Expat Guide

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