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Proof that the Seoul Michelin Guide is corrupt to the bone?

The first starred restaurants for the first Michelin Seoul Red Guide have been announced. HT to Thierry Berno for this. [box] 3 stars 라연 Rayeon 가온 Gaon 2 stars Pierre Gagnaire 곳간 Gotgan 권숙수 Kwon Suk Su 1 star Zero Complex 정식당 Jung Sik Dang Mingles Votre Maison Soigné...
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Michelin anounces first “Bib Gourmand” for Seoul

Leaders in Korean government and corporations have for years been trying to lure the Michelin Red Guide to Seoul. Just consider it another gold star for their sticker charts in their neverending quest for status, along with international sporting events, ads in Times...
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Broke my back–literally

WARNING: Graphic photos ahead. Not to be perused while eating. It's already been a, well, challenging year. I've had two life-learning experiences in running restaurants in Korea. I'll go into details about those later. My consolation was that my tour business started...
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Promoting Korean Food, Chapter 4: Y2Y Marketing

[box] A few years ago I was asked to write a small book on promoting Korean food. I finished the manuscript, but it never got published. The publisher ended up going out of business. Here is the old manuscript for your enjoyment, posted in segments. Keep in mind that...
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Crispy Onions Rings made with SOJU!

One night, I noshed on a multi-hour old onion ring. It was still light and crispy. Not greasy. It came from our new little experiment that we’ve implemented at OK Burger on the Cheonggyecheon.
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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....

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...

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 ?...

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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...

Another Copycat, This Time in L.A.

Soon after Vatos Urban Tacos opened and became a hit, people from rival restaurants showed up, vigorously taking pictures of each detail for "research" and "benchmarking," business Konglish for "straight up ripping off and copying." A few months later, dishes that...

Groovy Find: Spicy Lamb Bulgogi at Home Plus

Yes! I found this at Home Plus.  Even though I found proof somewhere that Koreans used to eat lamb, it's not common today. Lamb can be found only in foreign supermarkets. Until recently. I saw this at Home Plus. Mr. Beaks Premium Chili Paste Lamb Bulgogi. Out of the...

New Menu at Craftworks Euljiro

We all know Craftworks. But have you been to the Euljiro location in north Seoul? It's in the basement of the Pine Avenue Building outside Euljiro 3-ga Station, exit  12 (map at the bottom of the post). I was invited by them to check out this new menu that only this...

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