Cheogajip: North Korean Restaurant Featured in The Washington Post
Dec22

Cheogajip: North Korean Restaurant Featured in The Washington Post

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 small menu...

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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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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. GD Star Ratinga WordPress rating...

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Kyotofu: Oh, the desserts!
May22

Kyotofu: Oh, the desserts!

I was invited to a blogger dinner at the new Kyotofu in east Itaewon, next to Spice, occupying the old location of Toque. I had been hearing good things about Kyotofu–in New York. The story is that some guys went to Kyoto and learned how to make traditional tofu and fell in love with it. They came up with interesting takes on the ingredient, and soon they had a place in Manhattan with lines out the door. This is their first...

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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‚Äôs First Pop Up Restaurant Farsickness: A Travel Blog   Back Kitchen Seoul, One...

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