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Michelin Guide Seoul: Why You Shouldn’t Rely On It

Two articles recently came out on Korea Exposé about Seoul's Michelin Red Guide. KÉ Interview: British Food Critic Roasts Michelin Guide on Seoul   What the British Food Critic Doesn’t Know The first interviews British critic Andy Hayler, who claims to...

Why I Won’t Open Another Restaurant In Korea

The copycat culture is getting more and more shameless. I knew of people coming over and taking pictures of the food, trying to take it apart. I remember back when people were doing that at Vatos when they first opened. Last year, after I left the BBQ Pub, a friend...

Where To Eat in Korea? Download Our New App.

Is there a reliable map of restaurants in Seoul? What bars have specials tonight? I'm visiting Seoul. What should I do there? Are there any good tours? How can I meet fellow Korean foodies in Korea? I've been working hard for the past few months on this, and now it's...

Has Korea’s E-Mart Policy Hurt More Than Helped?

Is E-Mart Killing The Economy? Korea's traditional grocery stores are struggling. They have been struggling for decades, since the first E-Mart "super-supermarket" opened in 1993. According to a recent article by Korea Exposé, between 2000 and 2011, for every one...

Beware Korean Food TV Scams

This was posted recently on Facebook: Hello, everyone! Namaste ^^; Today, I received a call from a big cable broadcasting company in our country. There is a kind of food broadcasting. They suggest to me that some famous entertainers come to our restaurant and take a...

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Promoting Korean Food, Chapter 2: A Clash of Media Cultures

A few years ago I was asked to write a small book on promoting Korean food. I finished the manuscript, but it never got published. The publisher ended up going out of business. Here is the old manuscript for your enjoyment, posted in segments. Keep in mind that...

Promoting Korean Food, Chapter 1: Know Your Market

A few years ago I was asked to write a small book on promoting Korean food. I finished the manuscript, but it never got published. The publisher ended up going out of business. Here is the old manuscript for your enjoyment, posted in segments. Keep in mind that...

Promoting Korean Food, Intro: I’m Your Market

A few years ago I was asked to write a small book on promoting Korean food. I finished the manuscript, but it never got published. The publisher ended up going out of business. Here is the old manuscript for your enjoyment, posted in segments. Keep in mind that...

Three kinds of bulgogi

Over at Sorae Bulgogi in Soraemaul we tried three types of VERY traditional bulgogi. 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...

Paris Baguette and the Soft Bigotry of Exoticism

You may have heard the news. Korean bakery Paris Baguette has opened in Paris. This was quite the ballsy move. Immediately those who know Paris Baguette inside its home territory predicted its inevitable doom. Yet I'm going to go against the odds and predict that it...

What if U.S. Cities were in South Korea?

On a whim, I broke out ye olde Wikipedia and took down the population numbers for U.S. and South Korean cities. I matched them as closely as I could and plotted them out on a map. This is the result. I don't know if it means anything to anyone, but it was a fun little...

The Donkaseu of Depression

I don't have a pic of this. Didn't expect it to be picture worthy. I thought I'd try this place near my office in Insa-dong advertising "Wang Donkaseu," which is a king-sized pork cutlet. It had been on my list of things to try for lunch. The first sign of bad things...

12 Myths About Korean Food

As Korean food has gotten more popular, I read articles and recipes from international and even Korean outlets that perpetuate myths that need to be punched out of existence. Here are a few.

Recipe: Beef Soondubu Jjigae (순두부 찌개)

I've been fortunate enough that this current winter has thankfully been the mildest I've had in Korea yet. But we're still talking negative double digit temps here on some nights so it's no surprise I've been craving a lot of hearty and warm dishes for dinner lately....

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Beware Korean Food TV Scams

This was posted recently on Facebook: Hello, everyone! Namaste ^^; Today, I received a call from a big cable broadcasting company in our country. There is a kind of food broadcasting. They suggest to me that some famous entertainers come to our restaurant and take a...

10 Best Korean Chicken Joints

My rule of thumb is this. To tell a good chicken place, look at the people inside. If it’s full of beautiful young women taking selfies, likely isn’t good chicken. If it’s full of middle-aged men who look like life has kicked them in the teeth–GREAT CHICKEN!

Impeachment, Robert Kelly, and Whoa F*&% Korea!

I arrived in Korea in 2004. I already had an interest in the country because of a couple courses in Korean history I took. The plan was to stay a year, but when that first year was up, I looked at all the change happening around me. This was a part of the world where...

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