Chef Anna Kim came to Korea to conquer and conquer she did. This accomplished chef currently works in Gordon Ramsay's Empire in Las Vegas and she was asked to come to cook for dinner event for an upcoming documentary on Kimchi called KimchiKhan (www.kimchikhan.com). The film is being produced and directed by Steve Shin and it has the playful byline: Searching for the 6th taste bud.
All of her dishes are made without butter or sugar and she only had 24 hours to prep from start to finish for this event.
Here are a few of her creations.
We have kimchi chocolate, a salt baked sea bass with kimchi lemon sauce, stuffed kimchi rolls, filet mignon with kimchi, kimchi and gomchi bilinis with salmon and caviar, and kimchi chocolate cherries with roasted soybean powder.
I was very happy when Rob contacted me about writing for Groove Magazine and for Seoul Eats. Why? Because he’s a great writer and he lives in one of my favorite food cities in Korea. Rob currently resides in Jeonju in the Jeollabukdo Providence of Korea.
Jeonju is best known for their bibimbap, but there are many culinary finds in this city. I had amazing BBQ while I was there and there is a very famous Royal Court Cuisine Restaurant that I need to check out. Sadly when I was working with Gourmet I couldn’t make it down their for their kimchi and Royal Court Segments. (You can see the kimchi segment by downloading it from itunes.)
You can find out more about Rob on his blogs and again, thank you so much for contributing to Seoul Eats.
So, I’m a weekly guest on The Steve Hatherly Show on TBSeFM radio and my corner is all about food. I’m on every Saturday at 4:30pm on 101.3efm.
Now Steve is a big kid and there are certain things that he just doesn’t like talking about. First of all, he doesn’t like desserts and he doesn’t like vegetables. Last week I brought up vegetarian food and food for hot weather and he just whined through the whole segment. He whined just like he did here:
Honestly, I think his 4 main food groups are Cigarettes, Meat, Alcohol, and Whine.
So this week, I’ve decided to give him what he wants and I’m listing all the places where you can get lots of protein.
1. Santorini in Itaewon. You can get a whole pile of meat for like 60,000 and it’s enough to feed 4 people. You get lamb, chicken, pork, and other mystery tidbits that are all chargrilled and sprinkled with oregano. The Greeks were manly people. They were so manly in fact that they could have manly boyfriends and no one could say anything about it (because they would just conquer them.) Behind Hamilton Hotel, Itaewon Exit 1. 02.790.3474.
2. La Plancha in Itaewon. They do a similar deal as Santorini. You gotta get the couple sets (or third wheel sets) because you get surf and turf and sides. The couple set for 2 is cooked for a chunky couple if you know what I mean. Great food in a blood red atmosphere that just makes you crave more meat.
3. Don Valley in Itaewon. Go out exit 3 and it’s below the Quiznos and Coffee Bean. Their Beef ribs are awesome because you just get a hunk of American Beef that’s been marinated in deliciousness. The sides are weigukin favorites such as spinach and macaroni salad. Their marinated pork is nice as well. It’s open 24 hours so if you wake up in the middle of the night and feel like killing a cow or pig, it’s open. And for the ladies, they’ve got ice cream and wine.
4. RIB’s in Hongdae. Nothing is manly than chewing on the bones of a dead pig. If you want to be super manly, you can break the bones in half and suck out the marrow. It’s like Lord of the Flies shit. Oh, wait, I just got another symbolic reference. The kid was named Piggy because he was a wuss and all wusses just need to be killed. (hmmm…talking about meat is making me all aggressive and stuff…oh, I just had a funny thought. In a new movie version of Lord of the Flies, the part of piggy would be played by Roboseyo.) They’ve got black pepper ribs and spicy ribs and awesome side dishes. It’s out exit 4 in Hongdae. 02-325-3579. 5. Hongik Sootbul Kalbi, near Hongik University. Also, up around exit 4 of Hongdae is one of the busiest and best galbi restaurants in the city. The high quality meat is the main draw and is always a line of people waiting for a seat. Sure you might have fancy suited ma’ams and sirs, but when they leave they smell like everyone else: greasy. The place is fast and service frantic. 02-322-4487.
6. Mercado :Brazilian BBQ. This one is from Ben from the Daily Update (also on TBS). It’s opposite cinecity in sinsadong. Meat needs to be piked and put over fire and that’s how the Brazilians like to roll. Ben says that they serve steaks to order so if you want a bloody steak, this is the place to go. He recommended the Picanha steak. Picanha is the Rump Sirloin steak that’s staked on a pike (yeah, cheesy word play…so what!)
7. Ipanema. Over by City Hall this is another Brazilian Churrascaria. I’ve been here a couple of times and I’m a fan of the meat, but the place is a bit too posh to contain my manliness. It needs a couple Harley Davidson’s and a Beer Pong table. The meat is plentiful and there is a salad bar for the ladies. The men are expected to drink beer and eat a whole cow. Ipanema is located on a scenic road behind the Doksu palace, close to the City Hall train station.$$ (27-11, Chong-dong Chung-gu) 02-779-2756
7. For those that can’t handle the beef and pork there is always Dokdo Chamchi (독도참치). You know Tuna just doesn’t taste as good if you don’t have a dash of politics thrown in there. DOKDO BELONGS TO KOREA! Locations are around the city and they have all you can eat Tuna. You can sit around and have the chef slice red, red tuna for you while you drink beer, smoke a fag, and hate on the Japanese.
Simon and Martina are so awesome. I just love going to their site and checking out their videos, articles, and other tomfoolery that they are up to. This video goes over the cool stuff in Korea with some very interesting edits. I especially like the Mr. Freeze montage. Awesome!
So this is the second week of the Menupan top 10 list. Has there been many restaurant moves? NO! Menupan: FAIL. I was hoping to update their top ten on Seoul Eats every week, but it doesn’t look like they update it that often. Maybe I’ll give it a try in another week or so. Sorry for the let down folks, but apparently the Seoulites are still eating at the same restaurants from the week before.
1. Florence. It’s over by Ewha and it serves up heavily sauced faux Italian. 2. Hwa Ssi 167 Do. It’s in Gangnam Gu Cheong Exit 3 and they serve up Korean Food. 3. Lochef. Steak and Pasta over by Hwehwa station. They have fancy steaks and pasta on their menu. It doesn’t look half bad. It’s expensive, but…it looks good. Also 4. Cfood Kitchen. Seafood buffet. It looks like they’ve got a nice spread and for 19,000, it doesn’t seem bad. It is over by Doksan Station. 5. Sokbul 1978. Fancy Steak over by Myeongdong exit 3. They can dress up a minutes worth of steak to look like a million dollars…and you only have to pay W29,000 for the privilege. 6. Primo Bacio Baci. Ok. I’ve eaten here and it’s not bad for the price. The place always has a line and they have decent pizza, salads, and they don’t gauge out your eye on wine. It’s in Hongdae out exit 5. 7. Sao paulo. I don’t know how it sounds but it is a Brazilian Steak place over by Gyodae Station (Seoul National University of EDUCATION exit 14). It looks alright. I’d be willing to check it out. 8. Freshville. It’s got foreign food and steak. It’s over by Samseong Station exit 4. It looks like the serve up a lot of steak on the cheap. The interior has a very…X-mas feel to it. Feliz Navidad. 9. My Chai. It looks like a smiley face that’s really expensive to eat. Lots of yellow, fancy plating, and small portions. Yeah…let’s see. If you wanna give it a try head out to Gongteong Station exit 4. 10. The Crab House. I’d actually like to give this place a try. It’s over by Apgujeon Station Exit 4 and it looks like good seafood. You’ve got whole crabs done tempura and sauce. They also have pastas that start at 12,000. Not bad…so why is it at 10? Hmmmm….Don’t know.