Today’s March 3rd. Those threes (sam) mean it’s Samgyeopsal Day. It’s a good day to enjoy some Korean pork belly, if it hasn’t been all bought up following the week-long smoggy gift from China.

Now for the Banchan!


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  • Congratulations to Chef Im Jung Sik and his restaurant Jung Sik Dang. They were the first Korea restaurant to win in the S. Pelligrino Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2014. They garnered Best Restaurant in Korea and Highest New Entry Award.
  • I take it she’s not a big fan of kimchi. Well, at least her husband is.
  • The Korea Times has a good article on the Hapjeong neighborhood, which is an area I’ve been touting for a while. I hope it doesn’t go the way of Garosu-gil.
  • The local government in Gangnam have gotta be idiots. The more we find out about this incident of thugs turning over food carts while police just stood there and watched, the sleazier it gets. The latest excuse from these jokers is that they hired the thugs because the food carts were jeopardizing public safety. (As another motorcycle zooms down the sidewalk.)
  • Dude ate neighbor’s dog. Doesn’t really help Korea’s dog meat reputation.
  • A Korean TV show has started a chicken & beer craze in China.

  • British celebrity chef Gizzi Erskine was in town for a week. We got to hang out last Wednesday for some cocktails and dinner. She is a lot of fun and full of enthusiasm. I think I have a new friend.
  • Top Chef finalist Shirley Chung was also in Seoul going on a heavy food exploration. We had some samgyetang at Tosokchon.




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