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The upcoming lecture on the history and making of kimchi is sure to be popular. Note that the location is Le Cordon Bleu in Bloomsbury Square, but registration is required via the KCCUK in the normal way. The KCC has provided a kimchi recipe to whet your appetite. It looks like all quantities are approximate: […]

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Why Jeju Islanders don’t want Chinese to be allowed to drive?

by Philip Gowman 13 March 2015
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A while ago we noticed an article in the Korean press which suggested people in Jeju-do were unhappy about Chinese being allowed to drive rental cars on the island when on vacation. I wondered what it was that concerned them. Then, the other day, I came across this article in H’s Week in China publication, […]

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Looking back at 2014: Culture, sport and tourism

by Philip Gowman 15 February 2015
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In the first of four articles looking back over 2014, we recall some of the culture, sports and heritage stories that made the news. Arts Dansaekhwa emerged as flavour of the year. Following the MMCA exhibition in 2013 and Joan Kee’s book, Kukje Gallery had a monochrome retrospective, and dansaekhwa artists were included in MMCA […]

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Namul – a nice bibimbap place in Brighton

by Andrew 대왕 1 February 2015
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A nice Korean place to know about if you’re ever in Brighton. ‘Namul’, which opened six weeks ago, is right in the thick of the trendy North Lanes, serving bibimbap and sushi in a small no frills little cafe style place. The bibimbap comes with white, brown or black rice and a great selection of […]

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Judy Joo’s Jinjuu opens on 13 Jan, with her new TV show screening from 26 Jan

by Philip Gowman 7 January 2015
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Already billed by the Evening Standard as one of the “best new London restaurants opening in 2015“, Judy Joo’s new restaurant, Jinjuu, has its official opening next week (13 January) at 15 Kingly Street London W1B 5PS (though it has a “soft launch” at the end of this week). The Daily Telegraph and the Londonist […]

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Chaebols muscle in on craft beer

by Philip Gowman 28 December 2014
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There’s an interesting article in the Wall Street Journal’s Korean blog about the improvement in South Korea’s beer scene since the relaxation of rules which prohibited you from selling beer unless you were one of the big boys. But the small brewers are now facing competition from a craft beer pub set up by one […]

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Top 10 restaurants in Seocho and Gangnam

by Philip Gowman 21 December 2014
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I try to avoid Gangnam and Seocho if I possibly can, other than as the location of the Nambu bus terminal. But at least now if I do get stuck there The Culture Trip has provided a list of the top 10 restaurants in the area.

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The 41st London Open Baduk Congress

by Philip Gowman 15 December 2014
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Ever been interested in finding out what Go / Baduk is all about? If you’re around in London later this month, that’s your chance. If you play, you can register to participate. Or you can just go along to watch. 41st London Open Go Congress 2014 28th – 31st December 2014, International Students House 229 […]

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Taste of Korea promotion runs in over 60 Tesco stores

by Philip Gowman 25 November 2014
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Experiment with Korean ingredients at Tesco for the next week or so. Taste of Korea is an annual event for promoting great Korean foods to UK and European markets, which is supported by the South Korean Embassy in the UK and by Korean food distributors and vendors such as Hankook Foods and CJ. The event […]

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Korea’s Economy in Transition – a report from the recent evening at Asia House

by Philip Gowman 24 October 2014
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Sometimes, when you go along to an evening talk, you are looking forward to the networking rather than the substance of what the speakers will be saying. Perhaps you think you won’t learn much, and you’re going along out of a vague sense of duty, because other people will expect you to be there. Well, […]

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Yoshi Sushi: “Glorious”

by Philip Gowman 19 October 2014
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The Telegraph this weekend has a nice write-up of my local Korean restaurant, Yoshi Sushi in King Street, Hammersmith. (Ravenscourt Park tube). My favourite K-food joint in a London postcode apart from the Old Justice (though I’m hoping to add a third to the list when Judy Joo’s place opens next month). Links: www.yoshisushi.co.uk (photo: […]

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So now you can buy posh soju at Fortnums

by Philip Gowman 15 October 2014
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LKL’s soju of choice is 좋은데이, distilled in Sancheong County using the pure waters from Jirisan Mountain. You can’t get it in London as far as I’m aware, and it’s pretty hard to find in Seoul, the two most familiar brands being 참이슬 and 처음처럼. All these are entry-level brands, and the latter two are […]

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A workshop on Korean cuisine in central London

by Philip Gowman 8 October 2014
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The Korea Cultural Centre will be hosting a Korean Cuisine workshop with Westminster Kingsway College for 8 days from 20th October to introduce Korean food to the UK. As part of this project, they will provide an opportunity to take part in two 2-days courses (27-28 and 29-30 October) to anyone interested in Korean foods. […]

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Judy Joo feature is now in Telegraph’s online version

by Philip Gowman 10 September 2014
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The feature on Judy Joo in last weekend’s Telegraph is now online here. Fiona Sims’s article also mentions Kimchi Cult, Busan BBQ and Galbi Bros (“Some of the UK’s most coveted gourmet street food vendors”). But the best news is right up front: she’s opening a restaurant, Jinjuu, at 16 Kingly Street, in November. Certainly […]

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The 2014 Korean Food Festival at the Fountain

by Philip Gowman 5 July 2014
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The Korean community in New Malden is often not very good at publicising events of theirs that might be of wider interest outside their community. Like their annual Food Festival. It normally happens the second Saturday in July at the Fountain Pub, during Malden Fortnight. But if you search on the Malden Fortnight website, you […]

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Eating yeot, or not

by Philip Gowman 1 July 2014
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Ask A Korean has a great post on the reason why a disgruntled fan might want to lob a few toffees at the returning Korean football team. He has a few explanations why “Eat Yeot” is considered an insult. The article promted an LKL reader to add a different story about eating yeot as a […]

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Watch the Red Devils in the 2014 World Cup in Central London

by Philip Gowman 31 May 2014
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All three group stage South Korea games will be screened at Tiger Tiger bar in Haymarket, Piccadilly Circus. The event is primarily for those living in London, who want to see the game with other Korea supporters but who might find it difficult to travel to New Malden, especially for the first game, which starts […]

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