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Your Opinion? Gochukaru

Korea’s famed red pepper powder wants to make it big according to the new head of KTO (Korea Tourism Organization). I think he envisions chefs to use it in their recipes and he wants people sprinkling this on spaghetti and pizza and other food.

Now I think gochukaru (고추가루) is great for stews, as a dry rub, in sauces, in soups, etc- but what else have people used it for?



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Star Chef is going to be on TV!

Please pass this to your Food Blog friends

Best Cook Recipe
10 Aug. – 15 Aug.
Mon.- Fri. 11:00 – 11:30 AM
Rebroadcast on Sat. 12:00 – 02:30 (5Programs)


here are other posts I’ve written on Chef Kim
Starchef : A Review


[EBS TV] 월~금 오전 11시 ~ 11시 30분 (30분)
토 낮 12시 ~ 2시 30분 (종합재방송)
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CLOSED La Vie: French Moroccan Cuisine in Itaewon

Off the Beaten Path: La Vie
by Dan Gray

Last night I was invited by Abellah and his wife Zineb to their restaurant in Itaewon. Apparently, they had been following what I have been doing on my weblog and in Groove Magazine. Since I am always happy to try a new restaurant, so I gladly accepted. Their restaurant easy to find. It is one building down from the Wolfhound, on the second the floor.

It’s a very homey place with Moroccan flair. They have chandeliers hanging from the ceiling, there is a room filled with Moroccan cushioned benches and ottomans. On the opposite side of the restaurant are private booths, each with their own television.

It’s not the most lavish of places, but Abellah and Zineb made me feel right at home. Abellah is a long term resident of Seoul. He used to own the Casablanca PC Bang in the same location. He speaks Korean and English exceptionally well. While Abellah told me about Morocco, his wife went into the kitchen and prepared our meal.

I had the Chicken Tagine with fluffy homemade bread. The tagine’s broth was rich in flavor with a bit of spice, lemon, and parsley. Abellah filled me in on how to make Tagine. He said to make it, you first sauteed the chicken in oil and then you add the onions, peppers, and spices. Then you add more broth and top with vegetables such as carrots, potatoes, cauliflower, olives, etc. Then you cover and slowly simmer and let the steam cook the dish for 1 to 2 hours. Of course, we didn’t have to wait that long these days because of the pressure cooker.

Oh, and let’s not forget about the bread, because you could have a great tagine, but awful bread. This bread was fluffy and it was great for sopping up the delicious tagine juices.

Abellah recommended that I try their hummous, homemade yogurt, and couscous next time. I think I will.

La Vie Restaurant
Directions: Go out Itaewon Station exit 4 and go down the road across from the Hamilton Hotel. Make the first right. It is the building next to the Wolfhound on the 2nd floor.

La Vie Restaurant

Directions: Go out Itaewon Station exit 4 and walk towards Geckos. Make the first right and it’s the building past the Wolfhound on the second floor.
You can also walk down the alley next to the Nike shop and it’s the building to the left

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Korean Food Focus Group Wanted for Sobahn Cafe

or “Aza Free Food and I can bitch about it if I want to.” I’ll be there. Who else is coming. They are looking for 9 good people.


via Zenkimchi

IMMEDIATE: Restaurant Focus Group Volunteers Wanted

August 10, 2009 at 3:55 pm · Filed under Event

LATEST UPDATE: The time in Korea requirement has been dropped. You can be a part of the panel no matter how long you have lived in Korea.

Cafe Sobahn, part of CJ Foodville, is testing new concepts and needs expats’ opinions. Here are the requirements:

* Age 26-35


8/15 (Saturday) or 8/16 (Sunday), Evening
Café Sobahn at Seoul National University


Yong Tae Kim

NOTE: After you contact Mr. Kim, he will give you more details about time and directions to the restaurant.

UPDATE: Here are more details.

* Date & Time: 8/15 (Saturday) at 18:00 (6:00PM)
* Location: Café Sobahn at Seoul National University
* Directions: Located within the Graduate School of
Natural Sciences building, 1F (large modern
looking building made predominately of red
The building is located about 300 meters
from the main front gate – best to take
a cab from the Number 2 Green Line subway
Seoul National University station.
Parking is available.

* Number of People needed: 12
* Need the following information:
1) Name 2) Age 3) Sex 4) Nationality 5) Race 6) Occupation
7) Period living in Korea 8) Contact: Cellphone & Email