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When you tuck into your bowl of warming chueotang muddy loach soup, with its tangle of green vegetables, shoots and mysterious fishy bits suspended in a tangy reddish-green-brown broth, the condiment you reach for to give it that extra taste sensation is a liberal sprinkling of sancho powder. The pungent, fragrant taste rounds out a […]

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Jinjuu Mayfair opens

by Philip Gowman 1 November 2016
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Marking the opening of Jinjuu Mayfair at 39 Albemarle Street W1S 4JQ there’s an interview with Judy Joo in Food Republic. There’s a nice quote about how she came to open her first restaurant at the beginning of last year: I got a random phone call. My business partner just cold-called me. He said “I’ve […]

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Event news: the hottest K-food in London

by Philip Gowman 9 October 2016
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The South Korean embassy is organising a Korean food promotional event on 1 November. The Taste of Korea Victoria Centre @ Westminster Kingsway College 76 Vincent Square, London, SW1P 2PD 10:30am ~ 3:30pm Tuesday 1st November 2016 Register here by 20 October The Hottest K-food in London is organised by the Embassy of the Republic […]

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A selection of clippings from Rio 2016

by Philip Gowman 6 August 2016
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1. The ROK team’s opening parade: who’s the foreign-looking chap who can’t tuck his shirt in or do his top button up? 2. The first selfie to go viral — gymnast Lee Eun-Ju (ROK) with Hong Un Jong (DPRK) (photo: Reuters): 3. The first world record of the games – in archery: “South Korean world […]

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Those foreigner-friendly cookery books keep on coming…

by Philip Gowman 26 July 2016
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Time was when you really couldn’t lay your hands on a cookery book focusing on Korean food that was written by someone who understood the UK market. We were all waiting for Judy Joo’s Korean Food Made Simple – which according to Amazon was published on 19 May this year, though it was available on […]

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Hay Joung Hwang wins Silver Gilt at Chelsea Flower Show

by Philip Gowman 30 May 2016
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Congratulations to Hay Joung Hwang for winning a silver gilt medal for her first show garden at Chelsea. Hwang’s LG Smart Garden combined soft pastel-coloured planting in a very English style with clean, modern lines for an outside living space. The feature which caught everyone’s attention was the cantilevered pergola which reached over the terrace, […]

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2016 travel diary 9: Busosanseong – the Baekje royal garden

by Philip Gowman 16 May 2016
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Buyeo-gun, Chungcheongnam-do, 16 May 2016, 5:30pm. The Archaeological Site in Gwanbuk-ri Sometimes, collecting UNESCO points is not as fulfilling as it might be. The item of heritage that has been registered might not be particularly exciting to look at, even though it is historically important. But if a site is historically important you may well […]

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Pojang Korean Street Food opens up in Druid Street Market

by 앤서방 7 May 2016
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Another debut – today is the first day of the Pojang kimbab stall at Druid Street Market in Bermondsey. With so many Korean ‘street food’ ventures trying to reinvent the Korean street food wheel (bulgogi burittos, kimchi burgers, ramen burgers etc) it’s nice to see this enterprising English couple recreating the simple authentic food they […]

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Chelsea Flower Show 2016 to include Korean-designed LG Smart Garden

by Philip Gowman 3 May 2016
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Korean garden designer Jihae Hwang won gold medals at Chelsea in 2011 and 2012. It’s a tough act to follow, but let’s hope Hay Joung Hwang also wins success with her LG Smart Garden, entered in the Show Garden category this year. Her style is very different from Jihae’s, with clean, modern lines rather than […]

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Event news: State of Play, a documentary on pro-gamers, to screen at Asia House film fest

by Philip Gowman 25 January 2016
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Asia House has published the programme for its 2016 film festival. Two films will be of interest to Korea specialists. Steven Dhoedt’s documentary on the world of professional computer gamers, and Benson Lee’s comedy Seoul Searching. State of Play Dir Steven Dhoedt, Belgium / South Korea, 2013 85 minutes, UK premiere Time: Tuesday, 23 February […]

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Event news: BKS Go Evening to celebrate Lunar New Year

by Philip Gowman 24 January 2016
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Can’t believe the Lunar New Year is sneaking up on us so quickly. This year the New Year holiday in Korea is Monday – Wednesday 8-10 February, coinciding nicely with the start of Lent. The British Korean Society will be celebrating New Year on 9 Feb with a Baduk evening: Celebrate the Korean Lunar New […]

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Koreans help create a garden for London’s Royal Free Hospital 

by Linda Grove 30 November 2015
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“What a strange thing,” you may think, “to do a spot of volountary service when you are on holiday.” But that’s exactly what four Korean travellers did this weekend in response to Kim Minho’s Korean online request for volunteers to help with the hospital garden. Kim Moon-sun came to learn English in London ten years […]

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CheeMc reviewed in The Observer

by Philip Gowman 8 November 2015
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There’s an enthusiastic review of the fried chicken at CheeMc, 310 Walworth Road, London SE17 2TG (020 3645 0772) in this weekend’s Observer. “Without visiting Korea, it is impossible to tell how authentic CheeMc’s fried chicken is. No matter. It’s delicious…” HT to the Korean Class Massive

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Koo Jeong A designs UK’s first glow-in-the-dark skate park

by Philip Gowman 7 October 2015
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The UK’s first glow in the dark skate park opened in Everton Park on 5 October. The park, designed by Korean artist Koo Jeong A, is part-painted with luminous paint. According to the Liverpool Echo: Artist Koo Jeong A worked with young people from North Liverpool and skaters to devise the new wheels park. The […]

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Restaurant review: Chef Joo Won’s tasting menu at Galvin at Windows

by Philip Gowman 31 August 2015
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The last time I ate in the rooftop restaurant in the London Hilton was nearly thirty years ago, and somebody else was paying. It was very good, but since then much has changed. In 2006 the space was taken over by Chris Galvin (ex Orrery, Wolseley), and the establishment got a Michelin star in 2009. […]

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Book news: Our Korean Kitchen by Jordan Bourke and Rejina Pyo

by Philip Gowman 23 August 2015
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Fashion designer Rejina Pyo has joined with her husband, chef and food writer Jordan Bourke, to produce Our Korean Kitchen, available from 3 September (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, £25). Judging by the extract published today in The Guardian, the recipe book is user-friendly, full of welcoming photographs, and adapts traditional recipes to accommodate ingredients available in […]

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Street food and cooking sauce start-up gets Dragon funding

by Philip Gowman 19 August 2015
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Congratulations to Ben Ansah and Sue Youn, the couple behind street food and Korean sauce company Yogiyo! who secured £50,000 of funding from one of the investors in TV show Dragons’ Den in the episode screened on Sunday 16 August. You can watch their TV pitch on the BBC website here (43’10” into episode 6 […]

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