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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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Amazon Adventure! – how will Korea perform in the 2014 World Cup?

by Aashish Gadhvi 19 May 2014
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Aashish Gadhvi assesses Korea’s chances of success in Brazil The summer is here, the birds are chirping and it feels like an age since we went red with support for our favourite team south of the DMZ! It can only mean it’s World Cup time again! Brazil will this summer host another carnival of the […]

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Korean food at Urban Food Fest

by Philip Gowman 30 April 2014
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Korean street food seems to be popping up everywhere in London nowadays, and it’s difficult keeping track of who’s where. But this Saturday they’ll all be in one place at the same time, though Kimchi Cult, who I think were the first on the scene, are now up in Scotland so won’t be there. So, […]

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Ha-joon Chang on anchovies and economics

by Philip Gowman 27 April 2014
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Cambridge economist Ha-joon Chang’s next book, Economics: The User’s Guide will be available on 1 May. It is the first of a batch of new publications in Penguin’s Pelican imprint, which has been dormant for thirty years. He talks about his book in a diary article in this weekend’s FT: In saying that there is […]

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Has anyone spotted any Korean ingredients at Waitrose, ever?

by Philip Gowman 27 April 2014
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I really don’t know where this story has come from, because among frequenters of LKL’s Facebook group no-one will admit to having seen any Korean food products in any branch of Waitrose. And personally, neither have I, in Canary Wharf, King’s Road Chelsea, East Sheen, Marylebone High Street, or any other Waitrose store I frequent. […]

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Dancer / Choreographer Cho Yong-min is Performer in Residence at Asia House

by Philip Gowman 23 April 2014
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Cho Yong-min has been an active supporter of and participant in the cultural scene over the past few years. He choreographed the dance performance at 오방색 O Bang Saek – the UK Korean Artists’ Association 2012 residency at the KCC – and more recently gave a performance at the University of Brighton’s exhibition Mobility of […]

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Book review: The Hairy Bikers’ Asian Adventure

by Philip Gowman 17 March 2014
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Si King and Dave Myers: The Hairy Bikers’ Asian Adventure BBC / Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2014, 319 pp There are plenty of Asian cookery books out there, but I can’t think of a western recipe book that focuses on Korean cuisine. The Korean cookery books that are in my own library are written by Koreans. […]

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