ZenKimchi http://zenkimchi.com Exploring Korean food since 2004 Fri, 12 Dec 2014 10:15:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Copyright © ZenKimchi 2014 zenpickle@gmail.com (Joe McPherson) zenpickle@gmail.com (Joe McPherson) Food 1440 http://zenkimchi.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/ZKFoodcast_144.jpg ZenKimchi http://zenkimchi.com 144 144 Korean and Asian food podcast Korean food and more Korea, Food, Asia, Cooking, Restaurant, travel Joe McPherson Joe McPherson zenpickle@gmail.com no no How to Serve Macadamia Nuts (the Korean Air Way) http://zenkimchi.com/featured/how-to-serve-macadamia-nuts-the-korean-air-way/ http://zenkimchi.com/featured/how-to-serve-macadamia-nuts-the-korean-air-way/#comments Fri, 12 Dec 2014 10:15:57 +0000 http://zenkimchi.com/?p=46060 Nuts How to Serve Macadamia Nuts (the Korean Air Way)

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Leaks, Cracks, Sinkholes, Falling Metal… http://zenkimchi.com/featured/leaks-cracks-sinkholes-falling-metal/ http://zenkimchi.com/featured/leaks-cracks-sinkholes-falling-metal/#comments Fri, 12 Dec 2014 09:30:09 +0000 http://zenkimchi.com/?p=46053 Lotte Tower Dont Worry 477x550 Leaks, Cracks, Sinkholes, Falling Metal...

Lotte Jamsil Tower. Neverending stories.



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Three kinds of bulgogi http://zenkimchi.com/featured/three-kinds-of-bulgogi/ http://zenkimchi.com/featured/three-kinds-of-bulgogi/#comments Thu, 27 Nov 2014 02:44:04 +0000 http://zenkimchi.com?p=46041&preview_id=46041 Over at Sorae Bulgogi in Soraemaul we tried three types of VERY traditional bulgogi.

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The Eonyang Bulgogi comes from the southeast near Ulsan. It’s thin slices of been mixed with garlic and sesame oil and pounded like hell. It’s squeezed and massaged and eventually pressed by hand into a ball. At the grill it’s basically shredded with tongs and comes out tender and beefy.

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The Gwangyang Bulgogi is mixed with onions and apples. The thin strips of ribeye are grilled over charcoal very quickly, flipping constantly. It’s kinda like chadolbagi brisket at other Korean restaurants. With this kind you can get some crispy edges and great textures.

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The final kind is Seoul style cooked on a domed grill with broth around the edges. I’ve been told by a historian that the grill is fashioned after a Mongolian helmet. The top part gets that lovely kiss of charcoal. The broth is mild.

Unlike the bulgogi in modern Seoul and overseas, this isn’t that sweet. The Seoul style isn’t sweet at all. Even after ten years I’m still getting an education.

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Gangnam’s Food Cart Thugs are At It Again! http://zenkimchi.com/featured/gangnams-food-cart-thugs-are-at-it-again/ http://zenkimchi.com/featured/gangnams-food-cart-thugs-are-at-it-again/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 02:58:13 +0000 http://zenkimchi.com/?p=46017 Chris Kwon Lewis took photos of what happened last night.

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Yes, the local Gangnam government has again hired thugs to violently flip over street food carts parked illegally. In the past they have used the excuse that it’s for public safety. Like when they did it in this video.

Soak in that logic for a moment.

Using violent gangster-thugs to trash an area for public safety. Why don’t you get the Hell’s Angels to act as security for a rock festival while you’re at it?

This. Is. Embarrassing.

It shows that despite all its wealth the Gangnam elite are still hardly a generation removed from a third world country. There has to be a better way to deal with illegal street food carts, which are considered some of the biggest charms of Seoul by visitors, than throwing public temper tantrums like a three-year-old in a toy store.

Just deal with it like a civilized society. And I’m sure you’ll get rid of all those dirty poor people selling street food, and you can have your sterile paradise of Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks the way you want it.

If this disgusts you, please share this post with as many people as you can.

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Linus’ Bama Style BBQ 라이너스 바베큐 http://zenkimchi.com/featured/linus-bama-style-bbq-%eb%9d%bc%ec%9d%b4%eb%84%88%ec%8a%a4-%eb%b0%94%eb%b2%a0%ed%81%90/ http://zenkimchi.com/featured/linus-bama-style-bbq-%eb%9d%bc%ec%9d%b4%eb%84%88%ec%8a%a4-%eb%b0%94%eb%b2%a0%ed%81%90/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 03:47:29 +0000 http://zenkimchi.com/?p=46009 Location: Itaewon
Cuisine: American BBQ
Reservations: Taken
Suggested Items: Pork, Brisket, Ribs, Fried Mac & Cheese Balls, Skinny Fries… EVERYTHING
Birmingham, Alabama, native Linus Kim started making his mark in Seoul by holding BBQ pop-up restaurants for a few years. He then went to America to learn from the best. He returned and opened this permanent location. Since he started his popular pop-ups, an American BBQ trend has taken root in Seoul. But most of the copycats take shortcuts, like boiling their ribs or cooking their brisket at too high of heat.

Linus cooks his meat slowly. The result is tender Q that is perfectly seasoned. It comes with a tangy spicy pork sauce and a sweeter brisket sauce, but the mark of a good BBQ is that it doesn’t need the sauce. As an Alabama native who grew up in Decatur (home of multi-award winning champion Big Bob Gibson BBQ) I’d say that the pork resembles Decatur style while the pork sauce is very similar to Dreamland in Tuscaloosa. A perfect combination.

The sides are Southern soul food standards with a few playful surprises. The Mac & Cheese Balls have a touch of jalapeno and come with a marinara dipping sauce. The Mashed Potatoes and Gravy have just the right amount of lumps. There’s a fried rib on the menu that you just need to try. The cole slaw is vinegary and bright, which is perfect on the pork. The Skinny Fries are best slathered in the pork sauce. They even have the elusive Fried Okra.

Constantly looking for ways to improve, the bar is developing a comprehensive Southern inspired cocktail menu emphasizing bourbon and rye whiskies.

The decor is whimsical. A marquee hangs up top with ribald jokes about meat. During the winter a tent covers the patio that resembles a tent from the TV series M*A*S*H.

Speaking of which, the joint is popular with American army personnel, expats, and Koreans equally. That’s also a sign of greatness.

Other Amenities: English menu, English spoken

Phone: 02-790-2920


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Pork Platter with Skinny Fries & Slaw. Mac & Cheese Balls. Fries Okra. Crack Iced Tea.

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Pork Sandwich with Skinny Fries, Slaw, Baked Beans


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Second Kitchen http://zenkimchi.com/featured/second-kitchen/ http://zenkimchi.com/featured/second-kitchen/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 09:48:52 +0000 http://zenkimchi.com/?p=45999 Location: Hannam-dong
Cuisine: American
Reservations: Yes
Suggested Items: Burger, Shrimp Polenta, Cocktails
Tucked away new UN Village, Second Kitchen is casual fine dining with Italian and New American styles. They’re famous for their burger, but the surprising showstopper was the Shrimp Polenta, which in a way was Shrimp ‘n’ Grits. Creamy cheesy polenta with perfectly cooked and spiced shrimp. They also have a good cocktail selection, including a serious Negroni and a well-made Manhattan. The menu is extensive, and the daily specials are fun to explore.

Other Amenities: English menu, English spoken

Phone: 02-794-7435

236-2 Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu

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Daily Special: Italian Sausage Pasta

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Cheesy Polenta with Prawns


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Vegetable Plate

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Negroni and Manhattan

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Mango Sorbet with Meringue Shell

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Awesome Mojito


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Gobchang’s Jogeon 곱창의 조건 http://zenkimchi.com/featured/gobchangs-jogeon-%ea%b3%b1%ec%b0%bd%ec%9d%98-%ec%a1%b0%ea%b1%b4/ http://zenkimchi.com/featured/gobchangs-jogeon-%ea%b3%b1%ec%b0%bd%ec%9d%98-%ec%a1%b0%ea%b1%b4/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 09:28:42 +0000 http://zenkimchi.com/?p=45993 Location: Hongdae
Cuisine: Korean
Reservations: No
Suggested Items: Cheese Gobchang, Cheese Dalkbal, Gobchang Gui

There’s this trend of putting mozzarella cheese on Korean food. And in some cases it works. This row of gobchang (intestine) joints in Hongdae are doing this as a gimmick, but the cheese makes sense. The gobchang itself is done stir-fried style with a little heat. You can choose regular, many cheese, or many many cheese. The fat in the cheese counters the spice in the sauce. For the really brave, they serve spicy boneless chicken feet (dalkbal). Even though they’re painful, I kept eating one more.

Other Amenities:

Phone: 02-6406-9537


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OK3 http://zenkimchi.com/featured/ok3/ http://zenkimchi.com/featured/ok3/#comments Fri, 07 Nov 2014 09:00:04 +0000 http://zenkimchi.com/?p=45953 Location: Gwanghwamun
Cuisine: Italian, American, Europoean
Reservations: Yes
Suggested Items: Porchetta, Desserts

We didn’t have the mourn the passing of OK2 for long. OK3 opened in the new Microsoft building next to Gwanghwamun. The concept is a bit different, but the quality is still superior. There is more of a stress on housemade charcuterie here with a stronger European bent than the previous restaurant. The dishes change regularly, but if they have the porchetta on the menu, GET IT! A perfectly roasted slab of pork with crackling skin, supple fat, and tender meat. Their strength, along with their service, is their dessert menu. Go nuts and order a few. And break out your camera.

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Baby Greek http://zenkimchi.com/featured/baby-greek/ http://zenkimchi.com/featured/baby-greek/#comments Fri, 07 Nov 2014 08:42:33 +0000 http://zenkimchi.com/?p=45943 Location: Seolleung
Cuisine: Greek
Reservations: No
Suggested Items: Gyros, Falafel, Greek Salad

You’d never think to find a Greek place here. In the basement food court of the Hansin Intervalley Building in Yeoksam. The owner worked at one of the Greek restaurants in Gyeonggidan but thought she could do it better. And better she did. The gyros come in homemade pitas with gobs of homemade dill-laden tzatziki. The Greek Salad is bright and loaded with feta. The falafel is quite tasty as well. The food here is filling and full of punchy flavors. For the price the food delivers in quality with fresh ingredients and fruity olive oil. This place is a find, but if you’re even remotely close to the area, stop on in and support a restaurant going out of its way to make quality food in the culinary wasteland that is Gangnam/Samseong

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Other Amenities: English menu

Phone: 070-4414-7161


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** NOTE: The reviewer received free food but the service did not influence the review in any way.

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Anthony Bourdain in Korea? http://zenkimchi.com/featured/anthony-bourdain-in-korea/ http://zenkimchi.com/featured/anthony-bourdain-in-korea/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 http://zenkimchi.com?p=45921&preview_id=45921 wpid kfood 02 Anthony Bourdain in Korea?

Well, the secret’s out.

From tweets and Instagrams, Anthony Bourdain has announced his presence in Seoul, confirmed by Food Republic.

Team ZenKimchi may or may not have been working the past month or so, along with others Nari Kye has dubbed the “Dream Team,” on setting up and executing this production. I am not at liberty to divulge much more. But already this is looking really good.



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