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Noryangjin Food Stalls Threatened

Curtis File has written a story for Yonhap about the popular Noryangjin food stalls and the movement by restaurants and convenience stores to kick them out. This may sound familiar to you, as it's where we posted about the unique Poktanbap "Bomb Rice" (and recipe)....

Taco Bell's Grilled Bulgogi Taco and Burrito

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Woke up with a bit of a hangover this morning--and late--so I got out the door craving some junk. Taco Bell is next to my subway station. Walking up, I noticed this. Lunch. Decided. And here's what it looks like in real life. There are ample veggies in the taco. The...

Andrew Salmon’s take on beer in Korea

Not to be outdone, legendary Korea pundit and one-time ZenKimchi contributor Andrew Salmon has a thing or two to say about Korea's flaccid beer duopoly (flaccid in the taste, not the power). If the government lowered the ceiling on beer production, it could release a...

Korean Beers in the News

Wow, the two big Korean breweries are getting a double punch this week. First is an in-depth piece (as in tons of numbers) by our good friend Joshua Hall (Wine Korea) in The Wall Street Journal. He talks about how the FTAs barely put a dent in beer prices in Korea...

Banchan pizza: A second life for side dishes

Typical of many Korean households, my refrigerator is stuffed with little containers of leftover 반찬 banchan. Many recipes for those side dishes are scaled to serve six to eight people, so the two of us always have leftovers. I can only eat so much 비빔밥 bibimbap. While...

Buddhist Temple Lunch: Day 4–OOPS!

I showed up a bit late to the temple cuisine bistro. Too late. The plates were covered, and they were packing up the food. So, that didn't pan out. I needed some lunch, but I didn't want to break the Korean vegetarian streak I've been on. I suddenly got a craving for...

Buddhist Temple Lunch: Day 3

Ah, lunch time again! Today's was a bit starchy. Here's what was on tap. Sundubu Guk - This mild soft tofu soup had mushrooms and was flavored with wild sesame Mixed Rice - Same rice as before with kidney beans and other goodies Mung Bean Jelly - Not much flavor, even...

Buddhist Temple Lunch: Day 2

I was running really late today and ducked in for lunch before entering the office. I only had a slice of bread for breakfast while heading out the door. Here is today's temple lunch. Doenjang Guk - A thin soup of soybean paste and that really good tofu with some...

Bamboo Salt Almonds

As I mentioned, I need a mid-afternoon snack. I find that a bag o' nuts does me fine. My usual mixed nuts I couldn't find at E-Mart. But I saw these. Aw, I had to try it out. Bamboo salt is a Korean way of making salt by putting brine into bamboo and roasting it over...

Buddhist Temple Lunch: Day 1

Trying to do something new. Our office near Insa-dong is a short walk from Baru Gong, the Buddhist temple cuisine bistro. They have a W7,000 lunch buffet. Being Buddhist temple cuisine, it's mega-vegan. I'm trying to take better care of myself--mostly. I tried to go...

Restaurant: Danji, New York

The gritty Irish-American roots of the Hell's Kitchen area of New York City are giving way to a more eclectic food scene and home to Chef Hooni Kim's Danji restaurant, which is America's only Michelin-rated Korean restaurant. This was the second Korean restaurant I...

Restaurant: Kristalbelli, New York

The opening of "the next Korean barbecue restaurant" in midtown Manhattan by K-pop star and producer Jin Young Park has generated some controversy. Some think the restaurant's aesthetic is too antiseptic to provide an authentic Korean experience. Some reviews have...

Korean coffee chains skimp on coffee

Just when I thought my coffee-related posts at ZenKimchi had run their course, the Joongang prints this article about a study by the Korea Consumer Agency that made me spit out my coffee: Coffee chains skimping on beverage quantities That Starbucks Americano might...

Looking for the Best Coffee in Seoul?

There's a great write-up on 10 Magazine's website on the 10 best coffee shops in Seoul. Here's what they had to say about one of my favorite coffee shops: Club Espresso – Buam-dong Repel North Korean commando attacks and hike down from Inwangsan to find the safest...

My South Korean Mouth

To gain an appreciation of Korean food, I needed to learn a new language for eating – a new way of decoding the dinner table. When I first arrived in Korea, I didn’t understand any of the food I encountered. Most of it was unrecognisable, and tasting became detective work.

Kimchi Beer?

​The Korea Times​ has posted a story on two brewers, one from Ontario and the other from Philadelpia, who have incorporated kimchi into making one of their beers.

Coffee Question: Dutch coffee

I recently received a great coffee question in my inbox from ZenKimchi reader Ron Handel: ...this past week at work a parent brought me a bottle of Dutch coffee. It is in what looks close to a wine bottle. The directions on how to enjoy it are written in Korean so I...

Seoul Coffee Expo 2012

The success of the Korea Cafe Fair, held in the tail end of winter the past two years, seems to have motivated the COEX convention center to start organizing their own effort, the Seoul Coffee Expo. I, on behalf of ZenKimchi, was on hand for the first annual expo....

Korean Pantry: The Pastes

When starting out your Korean pantry, the pastes are some of the most uniquely Korean components. At the Asian supermarket, I'm sure you've stared at that wall of green, brown, and red plastic tubs, wondering what they held inside. Let's demystify all that. Doenjang...

Survival Guide to Korean Coffee Part III: On Roasts

Although Korea's coffee market has matured in recent years, there are many places capitalizing on the trend but cutting all the corners they can. This is the third post in a four-part series by Steve Ward designed to teach you how to find the good hole-in-the-wall...

Amazing Grilled Octopus

I'm always excited when, after living here for eight years, I find a great food that I had never had before. Friends, meet Nakji Gguri. It's barely grilled octopus. Still rare in the middle while just kissed by charcoal flames. This particular kind was just rubbed in...

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...

Survival Guide to Korean Coffee Part I: The Basics

Although Korea's coffee market has matured in recent years, there are many places capitalizing on the trend but cutting all the corners they can. This is the first post in a four-part series by Steve Ward designed to teach you how to find the good hole-in-the-wall...

Convenience Store Bibimbap

This is a product that came out about a year or so ago. Convenience store food has been leaning towards fresher, healthier, and more filling options. And they've been getting more Korean. You may be wondering how a Korean convenience store can get more Korean. Yet I...

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