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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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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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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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London Korean restaurants – the scores on the doors

by 앤서방 19 August 2015
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When chosing a Korean (or any other) restaurant you might want to consider their food hygiene rating. The score (0-5) can be found by searching www.scoresonthedoors.org.uk. Full reports are not made public but can, if you’re that curious, be obtained through a freedom of information request to the relevant council. The idea of the ratings […]

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Found in London’s Japan Centre: kimchi lemonade

by 앤서방 17 August 2015
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Kimchi flavoured lemonade is down in price – can’t imagine why. But according to Rocket News, who have also sampled curry, octopus and chili pepper Ramune sodas: “It’s damn good!”

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The ultimate hiking refreshment

by Philip Gowman 15 August 2015
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Seen on instagram: You’ve got to hand it to Korea. 70 years of independence has produced the ultimate innovation — soju packaging designed for hiking:

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A weekend of women’s sport dominated by Koreans

by Philip Gowman 3 August 2015
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Koreans seem to have been dominating the world of women’s golf for quite a while (just take a look at the LPGA page showing tournament winners), so it was no surprise that they did well in the British Open (30 July – 2 August). But it was quite an achievement that the top four names […]

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New Malden Korean Food Festival 2015

by Philip Gowman 8 July 2015
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It’s the second Saturday in July, so it must be the Korean Food Fest at New Malden’s Fountain pub. 11 July 2015, from shortly before noon, but check with the pub for the exact time. There will be some familiar faces providing musical entertainment during the course of the day. Kayageum / guitar duo Kaya […]

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An easy way to drink poktanju

by Philip Gowman 8 July 2015
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This somaek tower (and others like it) is probably why my brain isn’t functioning too well today. On the Bab in Covent Garden provide you with these fiendish devices, loaded with ready-mixed poktanju (in unknown proportions), as an easy way to get the booze into you as fast as you like. Great with their sliders […]

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The Korean Tea Ceremony – A Natural Approach

by Philip Gowman 28 June 2015
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It’s nice that while Brother Anthony is in town we are getting to see him on two consecutive nights: with Ko Un on 15 July, and with tea-master Hyoam a day later: The Korean Tea Ceremony-A Natural Approach Thursday 16 July 2015 19.00 Korean Cultural Centre UK Entrance Free but Booking Essential RSVP to info@kccuk.org.uk […]

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