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10 Best Korean Chicken Joints

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!

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Impeachment, Robert Kelly, and Whoa F*&% Korea!

I arrived in Korea in 2004. I already had an interest in the country because of a couple courses in Korean history I took. The plan was to stay a year, but when that first year was up, I looked at all the change happening around me. This was a part of the world where...
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What Is Korean Buddhist Temple Cuisine?

A quick rundown of temple cuisine and eating meditation

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Happy New Year! Saehae bok manhi badeuseyo! 새해복많이받으세요 ^^

Happy YEAR OF THE ROOSTER from the ZenKimchi household. We're heading out to the in-laws in Gyeongju this weekend. Yea! Traffic! So there will be no food tours this weekend. Besides, from experience, most of the restaurants are closed anyway. BUT... We will run a...
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Coming to Seoul? Your plans aren’t complete without a full immersion food tour

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8HWwhF1RVQ Let's be honest. Compared to its neighbors, Seoul's sights are fine but are dwarfed. What makes world travelers come to Seoul and return is its culture. Its nightlife. Yet it's hard to navigate if you're new to the area....
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Three kinds of bulgogi

Over at Sorae Bulgogi in Soraemaul we tried three types of VERY traditional bulgogi. The Eonyang Bulgogi comes from the southeast near Ulsan. It's thin slices of been mixed with garlic and sesame oil and pounded like hell. It's squeezed and massaged and eventually...

Paris Baguette and the Soft Bigotry of Exoticism

You may have heard the news. Korean bakery Paris Baguette has opened in Paris. This was quite the ballsy move. Immediately those who know Paris Baguette inside its home territory predicted its inevitable doom. Yet I'm going to go against the odds and predict that it...

What if U.S. Cities were in South Korea?

On a whim, I broke out ye olde Wikipedia and took down the population numbers for U.S. and South Korean cities. I matched them as closely as I could and plotted them out on a map. This is the result. I don't know if it means anything to anyone, but it was a fun little...

The Donkaseu of Depression

I don't have a pic of this. Didn't expect it to be picture worthy. I thought I'd try this place near my office in Insa-dong advertising "Wang Donkaseu," which is a king-sized pork cutlet. It had been on my list of things to try for lunch. The first sign of bad things...

12 Myths About Korean Food

As Korean food has gotten more popular, I read articles and recipes from international and even Korean outlets that perpetuate myths that need to be punched out of existence. Here are a few.

Recipe: Beef Soondubu Jjigae (순두부 찌개)

I've been fortunate enough that this current winter has thankfully been the mildest I've had in Korea yet. But we're still talking negative double digit temps here on some nights so it's no surprise I've been craving a lot of hearty and warm dishes for dinner lately....

Salade a la dorade crue sauce coreenne

Cela fait un moment que l'Occident a découvert les mets de poisson cru. Depuis, nous avons vu tant de restaurants de sushi et cela proposant tous à peu près les mêmes choses. N'est-ce pas maintenant qu'il est temps de changer et varier le plaisir de cet ingrédients ?...

Salat hat roh Goldbrasse Koreanisch-Soße

Es ist schon eine Weile entdeckte Westen setzen roher Fisch. Seither haben wir so viele Sushi-Restaurants und dieses Angebot alle ziemlich genau die gleichen Dinge gesehen. Ist nicht das jetzt, es Zeit ist zu ändern und das Vergnügen, diese Zutaten variieren? Das...

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NEW “Gangnam Style” Menu at Park Hyatt Seoul

I was invited by the Park Hyatt Seoul to try their new "Gangnam Style" menu. Longtime readers will remember how jaded I've become to Korean fine dining. It all tends to be about presentation while flavor takes a bland backseat. I'm happy to say that things are...

CIA Greystone hosts Korean cuisine contest

The Korean government doesn't want Korean cuisine to be Los Angeles' best kept secret, so the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) Greystone, based in St. Helena, Calif., in cooperation with the Korea Agro-Fisheries and Food Trade Corporation (also called aT for...

THIS WEEK: Gary Mehigan Tastes Korea

Australian TV will broadcast "Far Flung with Gary Mehigan" this week, where he will visit South Korea. I got to spend an evening and morning with Chef Mehigan in Jeonju, as we discussed bibimbap. For those who were following back then, this was while I was also...

Bruno MERS

Today I don't feel like doing anything I just wanna lay in my bed Don't feel like picking up my phone So leave a message at the tone 'Cause today I swear I'm not doing...

General Banjum 제네럴반점

Location: COEX Cuisine: Korean-Chinese Reservations: Not necessary Suggested Items: I had tried General Banjum in its earlier incarnation in Gangnam. It's Korean-Chinese but notched up quite a bit. As usual per greedy Gangnam landlords, they increased the rent so much...

John Kerry at Vatos

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and staff stopped by Vatos Urban Tacos today. Took a selfie with the owners. That's all. (from...

Where is there Teppanyaki in Seoul?

JW Marriott, near Express Bus Terminal, has been giving a teppanyaki makeover to its Japanese restaurant Mikado. For the month of May, guest chef Cyrus Mann A. Platon, a teppanyaki master from Benihana at Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa in Australia, will...

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