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Restaurant Review Fraud: Caught Red-handed

I was disturbed when a member forwarded me this email from a restaurant that was soliciting reviews in exchange for gastronomical compensation. By request from the recipient, I'm paraphrasing and not quoting directly. The free meal is given if: 1. the customer gives...

Recipe: Korean Tofu “Steak”

Not THAT Tofu Steak A larger variation of many traditional Korean pancakes, Tofu Steak was trendy for a while in dieting circles. The "steak" in this sense is supposed to resemble the Korean and Japanese versions of Hamburger Steak. It's basically Tofu Meatloaf. You...

3 Korean Diet Foods To Help You Lose Weight

Korean cuisine already has a reputation for being healthy. Not everything in Korean cuisine is so. Yet like most world traditional foods, it's well-rounded and whole. South Koreans are also some of the thinnest people in the modern world. You'd think that would come...

Recipe: Acorn Jelly Salad (Dotorimuk Muchim 도토리묵무침)

This Korean vegan recipe--oh, why do I even bother saying it's vegan? It's just good. I had it for the first time during my second year in Korea. San Maul, which is still my favorite restaurant, tucked in the southern foot of Mt. Gwanaksan....

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...

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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....

Salade a la dorade crue sauce coreenne

Cela fait un moment que l'Occident a découvert les mets de poisson cru. Depuis, nous avons vu tant de restaurants de sushi et cela proposant tous à peu près les mêmes choses. N'est-ce pas maintenant qu'il est temps de changer et varier le plaisir de cet ingrédients ?...

Salat hat roh Goldbrasse Koreanisch-Soße

Es ist schon eine Weile entdeckte Westen setzen roher Fisch. Seither haben wir so viele Sushi-Restaurants und dieses Angebot alle ziemlich genau die gleichen Dinge gesehen. Ist nicht das jetzt, es Zeit ist zu ändern und das Vergnügen, diese Zutaten variieren? Das...

Recipe: Kale Kimchi

Recently, I joined a CSA (community-supported agriculture) farm affiliated with our local community college. Our CSA promises, "a share of whatever is ripe and ready to eat." That share recently included a small bunch of kale. Hubby is not a fan of kale, and I have...

Recipe: One Pot Soybean Sprout Rice

In addition to oodles of cold noodles in this sweltering heat, another life saver for meals at home has been one pot cooking dishes which also don't (or minimally) use open-flame gas ranges. Soybean Sprout Rice (Kongnamul Bap 콩나물밥) was one of my favorite simple dishes...

[Francais] Rosbif & Kimchi de concombre à la coriandre

Est un ensemble qui va bien avec l'été, léger, simple et élégant. On savoure le contraste entre le croquant du concombre et la tendresse juteuse de la chair, la verdure fraiche et la rose nue. De petits piques espiègles de piment rouge dans le baume douillet de...

Sunday Pork Roast Bossam

I'd been craving an old-fashioned Sunday Roast. I didn't care what meat. EJ saw that some giant cuts of pork were on sale. She bought two for W10,000. She said, though, that she wanted Bossam. I figured we could compromise. If David Chang can do a roast for Bossam, so...

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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...

10 unique souvenirs you should get in Seoul

One of the most stressful parts of traveling is getting souvenirs for friends, family, and office mates. I've lived in the Seoul area since 2004, and I've been a tour guide for a few years. In my own experience and through talking with tourists over the years, I've...

2016. Crappy Year. Maybe.

Everyone's talking about how 2016 was such a bad year. I agree with that. In my personal/professional life, I didn't have a great year as well. I've been silent about some of these stories because it's taken me a long time to process them. I'll go ahead and get them...

My Controversial Michelin Guide Piece in Vogue Korea

You may have heard that I and a lot in the Seoul food community are not happy with the new Michelin Guide for Seoul. It so obviously reeks of either corruption or lack of experience with Korean cuisine and the Seoul restaurant market. Vogue Korea asked me to write a...

Where Progressivism has failed (and where it will win)

People are still wrapping their heads around the Trump win. Yes, Clinton won the popular vote, but even that was by a razor thin margin. How did Trump get so many votes? And from the constituencies that usually go blue? Hispanics? African-Americans? Women? Before you...

Proof that the Seoul Michelin Guide is corrupt to the bone?

The first starred restaurants for the first Michelin Seoul Red Guide have been announced. HT to Thierry Berno for this. 3 stars 라연 Rayeon 가온 Gaon 2 stars Pierre Gagnaire 곳간 Gotgan 권숙수 Kwon Suk Su 1 star Zero Complex 정식당 Jung Sik Dang Mingles Votre Maison Soigné...

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