Recipe: Cilantro Kimchi

If you read most Korean food blogs, they will tell you that Koreans don’t eat coriander, aka cilantro. They’ll tell you straight to your face that cilantro and Korean cuisine have never crossed paths before.

As the Ask the Korean blog reported a couple of years ago:

“Korea has never grown cilantro, and cilantro is not a part of Korean cuisine. …

But Korean people’s cilantro-hate is nonetheless interesting, because it is a nice reflection of Korea’s insularity.”

Cooking Octopus on Olive TV

A couple of months ago, I was on Korea’s Olive TV, which is sort of like Food Network. The show was “You Can Cook,” which is a bunch of guys learning how to cook. The segment I did was with French expat Fabian–who has amazing Korean speaking skills.

You can tell we had a lot of fun making this video. A little behind-the-scenes background…

The producers and I worked together to come up with a recipe. It was a joint effort. No one knew what it was going to taste like before shooting. Fabian was the first person to ever try the dish. But it surprisingly turned out to be very good. I’ll post the recipe on here sometime.

Remind me.

Video: Interview with Chef Hooni Kim of Danji

Chef Hooni Kim of ZenKimchi’s favorite Michelin-starred Korean restaurant Danji, scored a good 45-minute interview on the Arirang program Innerview. This is a must-view for anyone interested in Korean food, the New York restaurant industry, and the popularization of Korean food.