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ZenKimchi in the Media

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ZenKimchi has been featured in and has consulted for media such as The New York Times, Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, Lonely Planet: Korea, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Harper’s Bazaar Korea, and the Peter Greenberg Worldwide radio show. We have also written for or Plate Magazine, Yonhap News Agency, 10 Magazine, SEOUL Magazine, The Korea Herald, Newsweek Korea, The JoongAng Daily, The Korea Times, Walkerhill Magazine, and Korea.kr. We were voted into the Top Ten Best Blogs of 2011 by FriendsEat and one of the top ten best Korea blogs in 10 Magazine.

The Weird, Wild and, Ultimately, Sublime (New York Times, July 20, 2008)

Korea – Sweet home away from home (Korea AgraFood, July, 2008)

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Koreans Share Their Secret for Chicken With a Crunch (New York Times, Feb. 7, 2007)

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Final Wine Down Wednesday of the Season

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Final Wine Down Wednesday of the Season

Hey folks! This is our FINAL Wine Down Wednesday of the 2013-2014 season. But don’t worry! We will start our new season in September. Let’s enjoy the nice evening on a lush patio in Cheongdam at The Class. As the name suggests, it’s a classy place near swanky Rodeo Street in Apgujeong. They rarely take clients like us, so this is a special treat. LOCATION: Gangnam-gu Chungdam-dong 82-4 Here’s what we’ll have that evening. Unlimited wine and beer Buffet (served at 8 p.m.) Fried chicken wings Pasta with cream sauce...

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The Secret to Great Kimbap

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The Secret to Great Kimbap

  Put tasty grilled sausage in there. EJ threw some li’l smokies in these. Ni-i-i-ice. GD Star...

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Review: Pizza Hut Kitchen

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Review: Pizza Hut Kitchen

Location: Jongno Cuisine: Pizza Price: $ Reservations: No Suggested Items: Lunch special Oh, the things I do for you. There’s been a lot of talk about pizza lately, so I’ve been looking for a lunch-affordable pizza place near my office. This new concept from Pizza Hut Korea, “Pizza Hut Kitchen,” tries to make the red roof a little more upscale. I don’t know what’s so upscale about ordering at a counter and picking up your tray after your buzzer goes off–but it’s supposedly so. It attracted me...

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Must Watch: “Choose Your World”

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Must Watch: “Choose Your World”

There are many reasons why I like this video. It’s entertaining. It’s for a good cause. But most of all, it’s local. Yes. Can you believe this was made right here in Seoul? If you look closely you’ll catch a glimpse of legendary expat Nevada Rhodes (the blonde guy on the scooter) and the ravishing Jyoung-ah Kim (pulling some cart in the background). That’s your first hint. This was also made by a small team of expats doing what is very difficult to do in Seoul–own and run a business as an expat. So you may...

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Another Hilarious Bibimbap Ad

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Another Hilarious Bibimbap Ad

CORRECTIONS AND UPDATES: The Bibimbap Backpackers contacted us and informed us that they have been working separately from Seo Kyung Duk since 2012. Even though it wasn’t mentioned in the post, they also want to verify that they get no government support. They regret the ad they posted and will try harder to contemplate their promotions before posting. From the Bibimbap Backpackers, who are a subsidiary of Seo Kyung Duk’s ForTheNextGeneration–you know, the guy behind the cheesy New York Times ads. There is SOOOO much that is...

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Taste of London, Day 8: That’s a Wrap

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Taste of London, Day 8: That’s a Wrap

I awoke early to pack. I wasn’t sure what I’d be doing in the evening. And I wanted to see how everything would fit into my suitcase. All my glass jars I wrapped in dirty laundry. I think my suitcase is a bit heavy. I hope not too heavy. We got to the venue a bit early because the organizers were serving breakfast. It was basically pastries. I had my first bacon butty. Musetti kindly gave away coffee drinks for free. By this time, I think I was getting my fill. I’d tried most things I wanted to try. There were still a few on...

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Taste of London, Day 7: Big Saturday

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Taste of London, Day 7: Big Saturday

It was packed. Even more, it was the warmest day I’d ever spent in the UK. I guess it was also the day they decided to start following rules. I went to the exhibitors’ entrance like I had every day, and the guard wouldn’t let me in with my press pass. He told me to wait until the event started. Screw that. I went to the other end of the venue–the Taste of Thailand side–and walked up to the gate. An exhibitor was walking ahead of me with a suitcase and listening on headphones. The guard asked him for his ID, and...

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Taste of London, Day 6: Finally Tasting London

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Taste of London, Day 6: Finally Tasting London

Yes, I finally started going around and tasting things. I bought some crowns, the currency for the festival, got a guide with a list of all the restaurants and their dishes, and made a plan. First, I had to get a beer. Got an IPA from the Chapel Down booth. I must return for the bubbly and oysters later. Funny thing that Shake Shack made an appearance here. I know its reputation in New York, but I have never tried their burgers. I absolutely had to try one. And you know, pretty darn good. As an aside, my camera phone was having trouble...

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Taste of London, Day 5: This is How You Promote Korean Food

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Taste of London, Day 5: This is How You Promote Korean Food

Update if you care: I got the shoe issue settled. They’re being delivered this morning. Today was the first full day of Taste of London. I took the tube up to Regent’s Park and made my way to the exhibitors’ entrance. I took a wrong turn and ended up in the utilities area. There were these bladders of water used to supply the festival. Looked like the bottoms of bouncy castles. I found my way back and went to the Korean pavilion. The Korean pavilion is a major section, and I need to point this out. THE KOREAN GOVERNMENT HAD...

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Taste of London, Day 4: And So It Begins

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Taste of London, Day 4: And So It Begins

Slept through breakfast. No matter. It gave me an excuse to go to the Charles Holden pub next door for lunch. Had a bitter and watched the end of a rugby game. I ordered the sausage and mash, which came with onions reduced in red wine. Oh, it was a lovely lunch. But in doing my research before coming to London, I had my eye on their hot Toffee Pudding. It gives you a foodie hard on. So, EJ, it turns out, has picked the most difficult thing for me to get in London. There are all these things I could get, but she has her heart set on these...

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Taste of London, Day 3: Can’t Escape Korea!

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Taste of London, Day 3: Can’t Escape Korea!

Tuesday was my only fully free day. Thus it was the only day to get some shopping done and to visit my high school friend Jason, who lives and works in London. Here’s a traveler’s tip. When traveling abroad, some of the best souvenir shopping can be done in a local grocery store. That’s true in Korea. I did that in the Philippines. And I did it here. Within walking distance from my hotel is a Sainsbury’s. It’s just your run-of-the-mill florescent-lit cold supermarket. But I really stocked up there. Marmite,...

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Taste of London, Day 2: Orientation

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Taste of London, Day 2: Orientation

I woke up to a pleasant surprise this morning. My journalist friend Evan Ramstad mentioned I was quoted in a New York Times piece about hongeo. That interview happened a few months ago, but I thought it was shelved because the Sewol accident occurred soon after. I guess it was just waiting for the right time. I was pleasantly surprised by the free breakfast at my hotel. They said “continental,” but they had a full English breakfast buffet going on. Granted, the sausages and eggs could have been better, but it was good to have a...

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Taste of London, Day 1: Arrival

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Taste of London, Day 1: Arrival

I’m getting better at this travel thing. Everything was packed well, organized, with no problem. It’s a system I’ve been honing since I did that Arirang travel show in 2011. Back then I had to travel once or twice a week, so I developed a checklist Google Doc that hasn’t failed me yet. The U.S. trip in 2012 upgraded the checklist for international travel. The checklist is great not only for the obvious but it helps me ease the pre-travel nerves. Something always goes wrong or is forgotten. This time nothing was...

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WTF: Domino’s Korea’s New World Cup Monstrosity

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WTF: Domino’s Korea’s New World Cup Monstrosity

I ain’t gonna be gentle about it. Korea has some fucked up pizzas. The American-based chains are the worst offenders, trying to outdo each other in how outrageously disgusting their next pizza will be. I think they’re doing some high stakes trolling competition with each other. “What can we trick Koreans into eating before even they will say, ‘That’s gross, man’?” Thanks to Max on the Pizza Lovers Seoul group, we know of this new creation (as in, Frankenstein’s monster is a creation). This is...

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WDW Speakeasy Party–June 25th

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WDW Speakeasy Party–June 25th

Pssst… got the password? Alright, dames and gents, our June Wine Down Wednesday will be at Corks & Taps, a gastropub that looks like an authentic Jazz Age speakeasy. While away the evening with the most interesting crowd in Seoul sipping on some giggle water and vittles. Be a good egg, and don’t be a bluenose or a cancelled stamp and beat your gums at the hottest barrel house of the summer. Take a cab or be a Johnnie Walker to the north part of Gyungridan, across from the Grand Hyatt Seoul. Look for this door. As always, there...

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George Takei in Korea. Oh My!

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George Takei in Korea. Oh My!

George Takei and his husband Brad are touring Korea and Japan to promote the musical Allegiance, about the American interment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, and to promote LGBT rights. My friend, the extremely handsome Walter Foreman, interviewed him on TBS eFM for a broadcast this weekend. I woke up early in the morning and trekked into the city to watch. It was a great talk. I sat next to Brad, and we discussed the trip and what’s been going on in the world of Takei. After the interview, I briefly got to get his undivided...

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NEW TOUR: Groovy Hongdae Stroll

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NEW TOUR: Groovy Hongdae Stroll

I’ve been working on this one for over a year. It has gone through many redesigns and tests with real live tourists. I think it’s ready now. So here goes… NEW Groovy Hongdae Stroll The Quirkiest Neighborhood in Seoul   Why go Gangnam Style when Hongdae is the place to be? This quirky neighborhood full of students, artists, bohemians, punks, hippies, and just general eccentrics is the MUST SEE stop when in Seoul. We take you on a two-hour stroll through the secret alleys to show you the coolest restaurants, bars, and...

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

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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 exercise. GD Star...

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ZenKimchi at Taste of London with Gizzi Erskine (June 18-22)

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ZenKimchi at Taste of London with Gizzi Erskine (June 18-22)

Hey LONDON! Come on out to Taste of London June 18-22. I’m hopping on a plane and will be participating with celebrity chef Gizzi Erskine and UK Korean food empire Korea Foods (it’s the good kind of empire). We’re still hammering out the details, but likely we’ll be doing some demos/presentations and the like. Gizzi will have a pop-up restaurant. It’s going to be tons of great food and fun… and champagne. GD Star...

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WDW Balcony Party–May 21st

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WDW Balcony Party–May 21st

Wine Down Wednesday presents Seoul’s most amazing BALCONY PARTY at the Griffin Bar in the JW Marriott Dongdaemun Square. IMPORTANT: This is the JW Marriott Dongdaemun Square. The new one. Dongdaemun is in the process of becoming the new hot area in Seoul, and this is the best place to witness it. Right near the Dongdaemun Design Plaza. Griffin Bar will have some special cocktails on sale. They’re good. As always we will have unlimited wine, beer, and other beverages with top notch food and raffle prizes. Pre-pay W49,000 ($49) At...

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Makgeolli, Korea’s Fizzy Brew–ZenKimchi Foodcast #4

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Makgeolli, Korea’s Fizzy Brew–ZenKimchi Foodcast #4

Standard Podcast [ 38:49 ] Play Now | Play in Popup | Download (159) Julia Mellor from the Makgeolli Mamas and Papas joins to talk about–what else–makgeolli, that wonderful rice brew that’s taken off in Korea, Japan, and likely will do so in your neighborhood. The ZenKimchi Foodcast covers Korean food and other Asian cuisines with basic info, news, interviews, and recipes. You can listen to it here or grab the feed. Subscribe in iTunes. On this first episode, I discuss the basics of Korean food survival–restaurant...

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Month of Death. Is it over yet?

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It’s been a rough month. The Sewol tragedy has been heavy on everyone. My first year in Korea, I taught a kindergarten in Ansan, the town where the students on the ferry came from. They would be high school age by now. I doubt any of them were on that boat because the school I taught at was in a different neighborhood, but there was a slight chance. I’ll never know. There’s a bigger chance that they knew some of the kids on the boat. I’ve been thinking about them a lot. It wasn’t only the Sewol. Earlier, longtime...

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MUST SEE: Korean food documentary “Savouring Korea – The Taste of Home”

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MUST SEE: Korean food documentary “Savouring Korea – The Taste of Home”

London foodies are already familiar with Joo Lee’s Korrito, a modern Korean pop-up and streetside stand. With the help of UK Korean food purveyor Korea Foods and backers on Kickstarter, Joo traveled to Korea to make a three-part documentary on her Korean food roots and how the cuisine is getting popular in the UK. The segments are around nine minutes each. I make a cameo towards the end of the second one, “Seoul Searching.” I particularly like the music and videography as it gives you a crash course on Korean cuisine’s...

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The Donkaseu of Depression

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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 to come was that this was on the fourth floor with no elevator. The trek doesn’t bother me, personally. Yet restaurant customers usually don’t go that far up stairs. Bars and hair salons usually go above the third floor. I entered and sat...

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Fundraiser Events to Commemorate Expat, Help Grieving Family

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Fundraiser Events to Commemorate Expat, Help Grieving Family

Seoul’s long-term expat community was saddened recently by the sudden and tragic death of one of its members. Alexander Rene Boutilier (“Lex” to his friends, “Rene” to his family), was killed in a head on collision between his motorbike and a taxi after midnight on Friday, 4th April, while riding home on the elevated road between Geumhwa and Sajik Tunnels. Lex (45) had lived in Korea since 2001, first in Gwangju (South Jeolla Province) and since 2004 in Seoul. Once an English teacher, he had transitioned into the field of translation editing...

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Dos Mas

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Dos Mas

Location: Chain Cuisine: Mexican Price: $ Reservations: No Suggested Items: Burrito This little Mexican joint lets you build your own burrito. Choose your set, meat, level of spice, and extras. They assemble it and grill it. I ordered a mixed meat one, spicy, jumbo size with added beans. It looked great when it came out. First bite, though, and I found it was very Koreanized–not in a Kogi Taco Truck way but in a Lotte Department Store kebab way. My mouth was full of shredded cabbage, rice, and what I swear was Thousand Island dressing....

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Lex’s Final Night

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Lex’s Final Night

Someone in the Korea Bloggers group suggested a meet up at this new pub restaurant, Little Cuba, last Friday. I haven’t had a Cuban sandwich in a decade, and I wanted to meet some new people, so I decided to show up. We all met at Sinchon Station and walked the long walk to the bar. On the way, someone said that his friend Lex was nearby and suggested he join us. I asked him, “Lex? Are we talking about the same guy?” “Yes, the one who named his kids after–” “YES! Great! I know him too.” I first...

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The Rise of the Sandwich… and Ghosts?

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The Rise of the Sandwich… and Ghosts?

The cover story in the April issue of Groove is about the rise of sandwiches in Seoul (p. 36). Any expat here has experienced that odd creature that is the Korean sandwich. It’s where sandwich art goes to die. Ham, cheese, and strawberries. BLT with tartar sauce. Today, I saw at Paris Croissant a new fish sandwich that had a fried fish fillet, lettuce, tartar sauce, and… sweet bulgogi sauce. It’s like Korean sandwich makers get 60-80% of the sandwich just right and think, “Now, how can I totally fuck this up?” We...

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Wine Down Wednesday. April 23rd. Mario’s Kitchen in Garosu-gil.

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Wine Down Wednesday. April 23rd. Mario’s Kitchen in Garosu-gil.

  Toast spring with the Most Interesting Crowd in Seoul™! This month we head on over to swanky Garosu-gil in south Seoul to wine and dine at Mario’s Kitchen, an American-style barbecue grill joint. As always, there will be unlimited wines and raffle prizes. Raffle prizes include: Dress Shirt (women & men) gift certificate from Well Dressed Picnic Pack of Sausages and French Delights from France Gourmet Bottle of Premium Liqueur from Big Shot Imports Tickets for the Dark Side of Seoul Tour And MORE! 532-2 Sinsa-dong Gangnam-gu, Seoul...

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Avengers Cancels Seoul Shoot. Moves to Japan.

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Avengers Cancels Seoul Shoot. Moves to Japan.

This was our April Fool’s joke for 2014 It’s over, so don’t take it seriously. After local complaints that letting “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” film in Seoul did not entitle citizens to find out plot spoilers, and after finding a dead body floating under the bridge where they were filming, director Joss Whedon has decided to pack up and move the production to Japan. “Um, this wasn’t quite what we expected,” said a slightly sheepish but annoyed Whedon, “But we look forward to working with...

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