Bean Table is featured in this gorgeous episode of the new Arirang series “Semipermanent.” This is a show that highlights expats in Korea, and it’s definitely a positive sign in Arirang’s new turn in programming. It is not so much awkward government propaganda (as my show, you could say, was). It’s an actually nicely produced mature program.

And they featured Bean Table!

My friend Sarah Lee introduced me to Bean Table (review and map here) on my birthday this year. I was blown away. That was also the day we decided to do a pop-up restaurant together. Remember that?

And they featured Sarah Lee!

Some people have asked why we haven’t done another pop-up restaurant lately. As you can see from the video, Sarah apprenticed at Bean Table, and she’s about to open an outlet of Bean Table in Los Angeles. She’s returned to the States.

Also featured are food writer Meagan Mastriani, talking about the Chinese food culture in the Daerim neighborhood where she lives. They also go to the Moroccan sandwich shop Casablanca.

Great show. Stick around for the credits.

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Joe McPherson founded ZenKimchi in 2004. He has been featured and sourced in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, CNN, KBS, MBC, SBS, Le Figaro, Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia, Harper’s Bazaar Korea, The Chosun Weekly, and other Korean and international media. He has consulted for "Parts Unknown with Anthony Bourdain," The Travel Channel’s “Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern,” Lonely Planet, National Geographic, Conde Nast Traveler, the PBS documentary series “Kimchi Chronicles,” and other projects in the UK, Canada, and Australia featuring celebrity chefs such as Gizzi Erskine and Gary Mehigan.Mr. McPherson has written for multiple Korean and international publications, including SEOUL Magazine, JoongAng Daily, The Korea Herald, Newsweek Korea and wrote the feature article for U.S. National publication Plate magazine’s all-Korean food issue. He has acted as dining editor for 10 Magazine and was on the judging panel for Korea for the Miele Guide.He spoke at TEDx Seoul on Korean food globalization, at TED Worldwide Talent Search on the rise of Korean cuisine, and in New York City on Korean Buddhist temple cuisine. The company ZenKimchi International organizes food tours for tourists and corporations and acts as a media liaison for foreign and Korean media and local restaurants and producers.
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