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Type: Fine Dining Korean BBQ Good for: Saying you went to a MIchelin restaurantThe allure of Michelin-starred restaurants is undeniable. The prestigious Michelin Guide has long been a beacon of culinary excellence, and its recommendations are often seen as the...
A fake library full of fake books for fake people
Nanta: Korea’s “Stomp” with a side of kimchi. Enjoy non-verbal antics, a dash of cringe, and awkward foreigner participation. It’s a bootleg of a bootleg—Seoul, you’re better than this.
Petite France: Korea’s identity-crisis Epcot. Fly halfway around the world for fake French vibes and bad spaghetti. No baguettes, no berets, just a faux Francophonic fantasy. Go if you dare, regret if you do.
Nami Island: Korea’s faux paradise. Dodge Instagram Couples™ on pedal-powered chariots of narcissism while pondering art made of recycled soju bottles. A garden with a zip line—yawn. Skip it.
I've been writing about Korean food in Seoul since 2004 at ZenKimchi. I've consulted Anthony Bourdain, Andrew Zimmern, Lonely Planet, Conde Nast Traveler, The Travel Channel, and other world media in finding the must eat Korean foods.Here's the ultimate list. These...
Adventures we have on our excursions
By request, we made a detour to a pub specializing in fermented skate. One of the dishes was a new one for me.
We were in Hong Kong's Apple Daily. They had joined our BPM (BBQ, Pub, Market) Tour. Had a great time, as always. If you want to find out more about our tours and book, go to KoreaFoodTours.com.
This and many photos credited to CNN "Who's that old geezer?" Oh, Christ, not now. We were shooting the final shot with Anthony Bourdain before he returned to the hotel and jumped on a flight back to New York. He was sitting at a lonely street food cart in...
The Original ZenKimchi Korean Food Journal
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!
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...
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....