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This journal relates our adventures in experiencing food in Korea, along with recipes for Korean food and tips for ex-pats living in Korea.


ZenKimchi was started in early 2004.  The Food Journal came about because Joe McPherson wrote so much about food in his diary blog that it was becoming a food blog.  At the time, there was only one English language food blog in Korea, the original Fatman Seoul, but Mr. Fatman stopped posting in 2005.  Joe picked up the slack by creating the ZenKimchi Korean Food Journal in October 2005. ZenKimchi is now Korea’s longest running food blog.

Other Korean food blogs have come along to join us, and it’s a great community.  ZenKimchi has been featured in The New York Times, Korean and international newspapers and magazines, all the major Korean TV stations, Lonely Planet, and the Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern.  ZenKimchi Korean Food Journal is the only Korean food site linked on Bon Appetit’s Epicurious blog. It was also voted one of the Top Ten Food Blogs of 2011 by the New York based food site Friends Eat. ZenKimchi currently holds a strong presence in social media with the highest number of Twitter followers of any Korean food Twitter account.

We now have over 200 recipes, a great collection of restaurant reviews, and an encyclopedia of information on Korean food.

Through this site, we have also met some awesome people.


We are not only bloggers. ZenKimchi International is a company registered in Seoul that specializes in Korean food PR. We accomplish that through the following.

  • Tours – We run popular food tours like The Ultimate Korean BBQ Experience and The Dark Side of Seoul Ghost Tour. Our tours are designed to give you a crash course in Korean culture while also having a seriously good time and meeting interesting people. Check out our tours page.
  • Events – We were one of the first people to open a pop-up restaurant in Korea (was featured in The Wall Street Journal Asia). Our subsidiary LinkedSeoul runs the popular monthly Wine Down Wednesday, along with Plan EL.
  • Consulting – Teaming up with Plan EL, we have experience consulting for some of Korea’s top restaurants and designing professional sleek websites.
  • Media Liaisons – When foreign media needs a guide, a fixer, or just some information, they contact us. We’ve helped with projects for The New York TimesThe Washington Post, Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern (Travel Channel), Chef on the Road (National Geographic Channel), National Geographic TravelerConde Nast TravelerLonely Planet, Nightline (ABC), The Guardian, Kimchi Chronicles (PBS), SF WeeklyThe Wall Street JournalThe Los Angeles TimesTravel + Leisure Southeast Asia, and more.
  • Public Relations –  We are the largest Korean food presence on Twitter and one of the most popular Korean food Facebook pages. Our partnership with Plan EL makes us a formidable team for PR, covering the Korean food press (English and Korean language), proven success in social media, and hands-on experience inside both the media and hospitality industries.


We love hearing from readers, especially the ones who think the journal is the wittiest, most informative site on the Internets.

NOTE: We are not accepting guest posts or paid links, so please don’t ask.

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