logo
Food Advertising by

Press

ZenKimchi in the Media

Articles, TV shows, and radio shows that we have made or have been featured in

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)

07chicken600.1 Press

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

Anthony Bourdain in Korea?

Posted by on 10:23 am in Featured, News & Media | 0 comments

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. https://twitter.com/Bourdain/status/525536070809559040?s=09...

read more

Seoul Food Buzz: It’s Jeon-eo Season!

Posted by on 2:28 pm in Featured, Restaurants | 0 comments

Seoul Food Buzz: It’s Jeon-eo Season!

Here is the latest talk on ZenKimchi’s Facebook groups. Restaurant Buzz Seoul Brian tries out a new American-Chinese shop, Panda Express. Yes, that Panda Express. It’s in the food court at the Lotte Department Store in Myeong-dong. The verdict so far has been greasy and good. Maloney’s does these Monday homemade specials. I was there on a Monday and asked the owner, Brendan Maloney himself, what that day’s special was. Cuban Sandwich. But the pork was still roasting in the oven. When I tried it, it was just like how I...

read more

Grilled Intestines in Gangnam–Yeontabal

Posted by on 11:45 am in Fine Dining, Korean | 0 comments

Grilled Intestines in Gangnam–Yeontabal

Location: Gangnam, Sinsa, Jongno Cuisine: Korean BBQ Reservations: Recommended Suggested Items: Hanu ribeye Other Amenities: English menu, Valet parking Phone: Check map Location  * Please help complete this review by adding information in the...

read more

Myongwolgwan 명월관

Posted by on 5:24 pm in Fine Dining, Korean | 0 comments

Myongwolgwan 명월관

Location: Sheraton Walkerhill Cuisine: Korean, Fine Dining Reservations: Recommended Suggested Items: Beef Galbi, Yukhwe Other Amenities: English spoken, Valet parking Phone: 02-450-4595 Location    * Please help complete this review by adding information in the...

read more

PIERRE GAGNAIRE à Séoul

Posted by on 4:57 pm in Fine Dining, French, Korean | 0 comments

PIERRE GAGNAIRE à Séoul

Location: City Hall, Lotte Hotel Cuisine: French, Korean, Fine Dining Reservations: Recommended Suggested Items: ANYTHING Other Amenities: English, French spoken, Valet parking Phone: 02-317-7181 Location  * Please help complete this review by adding information in the...

read more

NEW TOUR: Simon Lee’s Korean War Tour

Posted by on 3:10 pm in Announcements, Featured | 0 comments

NEW TOUR: Simon Lee’s Korean War Tour

We are happy to announce our latest tour. Here’s a description. Unique Way to Experience History They call it “The Forgotten War,” but its echoes are very much present in modern day South Korea. Military enthusiast and former Korean Air Force pilot Simon Lee shared riveting tales of a brutal war that ripped a country apart, including accounts from his own family. Walk through the Korean War Memorial and see true artifacts that bring this era to life. At the end of the tour, everyone enjoys a lunch of Budae Jjigae, an American-influenced...

read more

Moved In

Posted by on 7:24 am in Diary | 6 comments

It’s early morning in Gimpo. I’m first struck by how amazingly quiet it is. I’m equally struck by how noisy our old place was. True, we now have the occasional jet flying overhead. Someone in another building, maybe another apartment complex, is practicing violin–and practicing it well. Other than that, it’s just the rhythmic pulses of crickets and birds. As predicted, I got a little teary the last time we saw the old place. EJ did too. But after everything was moved out, I was blown back by how small our place...

read more

Time to Move On

Posted by on 10:57 pm in Diary | 0 comments

I sit here in my bedroom on a cool summer night. The mountain breeze gently flows through the screen. Sometimes I hear the sounds of one of the four Buddhist temples nearby. The stream is still rushing from the recent rains. I’m going to miss this. We are moving tomorrow. Not only to a different apartment. We’re moving to a different city–Gimpo. It’s a much better apartment, twice the size of our current place. It’s so new that parts are still under construction. It’s super high tech. And it has great...

read more

Paris Baguette and the Soft Bigotry of Exoticism

Posted by on 3:54 pm in Commentary, Featured | 2 comments

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 may actually succeed. Even though it has greatly improved over the years, Paris Baguette has historically been one of the largest aggressors of food crimes in Korea. It would take on a western food and, rather than improve upon it, would screw it up in the name of...

read more

The Secret to Great Kimbap

Posted by on 6:52 pm in Featured, Korean Food 101 | 1 comment

The Secret to Great Kimbap

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

read more

Pizza Hut Kitchen

Posted by on 3:56 pm in Featured, Pizza | 0 comments

Pizza Hut Kitchen

Location: Jongno, chain Reservations: No Suggested Items: Lunch special Other Amenities: Some very bad English Phone: 02-6328-5587~8 Website: The closest thing I could find. Here. Location  Lunch set W7,900. Cheese Steak pizza with Chili Cheese Fries and drink (not pictured) Please help complete this review by adding information in the...

read more

Must Watch: “Choose Your World”

Posted by on 5:44 pm in Featured, Video | 0 comments

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...

read more

Another Hilarious Bibimbap Ad

Posted by on 6:43 pm in Featured, WTF | 6 comments

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...

read more

Taste of London, Day 8: That’s a Wrap

Posted by on 1:09 am in Diary, Featured | 0 comments

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...

read more

Taste of London, Day 7: Big Saturday

Posted by on 12:36 am in Diary | 1 comment

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...

read more

Taste of London, Day 6: Finally Tasting London

Posted by on 4:08 pm in Diary | 0 comments

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...

read more

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

Posted by on 2:29 pm in Diary | 2 comments

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...

read more

Taste of London, Day 4: And So It Begins

Posted by on 5:02 pm in Diary | 1 comment

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...

read more

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

Posted by on 8:35 pm in Diary | 0 comments

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,...

read more

Taste of London, Day 2: Orientation

Posted by on 3:04 pm in Diary | 2 comments

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...

read more

Taste of London, Day 1: Arrival

Posted by on 2:49 pm in Diary | 0 comments

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...

read more

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

Posted by on 2:57 pm in Featured, WTF | 3 comments

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...

read more

WDW Speakeasy Party–June 25th

Posted by on 3:36 pm in Announcements, Featured | 0 comments

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...

read more

George Takei in Korea. Oh My!

Posted by on 11:15 am in Featured, Who's Who | 0 comments

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...

read more

NEW TOUR: Groovy Hongdae Stroll

Posted by on 6:57 pm in Announcements, Featured | 0 comments

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...

read more

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

Posted by on 4:36 pm in Featured, Miscellaneous | 4 comments

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...

read more

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

Posted by on 2:22 pm in Announcements, Featured | 0 comments

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...

read more

WDW Balcony Party–May 21st

Posted by on 12:19 pm in Announcements, Featured | 0 comments

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...

read more

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

Posted by on 11:20 pm in Podcast | 0 comments

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

Standard Podcast [ 38:49 ] Play Now | Play in Popup | Download (199) 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...

read more

Month of Death. Is it over yet?

Posted by on 5:32 pm in Diary | 0 comments

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...

read more