Food & Drink

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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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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2015 Travel Diary day 2: The Drawing hand | Seooreung | Tea Museum | Makgeolli at Kim Sakkat

by Philip Gowman 30 May 2015
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Myeongdong, Seoul, 30 May. Two hours sleep on the plane, and only another two on my first night in Seoul, means that I’m groggy on Saturday morning. A quick session in the hotel gym doesn’t do much to remedy that. Coffee with The Drawing Hand My brain is gently kick-started by a coffee in the hotel lobby, […]

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Farewell Old Justice, hello K Place

by Philip Gowman 24 May 2015
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As 앤서방 reported a few days ago, the Old Justice Korean pub in Bermondsey closed last month. But the owner, Chef Kim Jin-wook, has taken the bold step of opening up in the City. His new Korean BBQ restaurant, in a downstairs venue that until recently was the Indian restaurant Jamdani, has the name K […]

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May cookery demonstration: bibimbap and namul

by Philip Gowman 2 May 2015
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The third of the KCC’s cookery demonstrations at Le Cordon Bleu focuses on bibimbap. Registration required. K-Cuisine Lecture Series No.3: Bibimbap & Namul Date/Time: Tuesday 26 May 2015/18.30-20.30 Venue: Le Cordon Bleu London (WC1A 2LS) Lecturer: Chef Hyung Soo Lim RSVP to KCCUK at 020 7004 2600 or info@kccuk.org.uk Short Introduction to Namul Namul, seaseoned […]

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Alcohol advert ban for young celebrities?

by Philip Gowman 25 April 2015
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The BBC picked up on a story in the Chosun Ilbo that celebs under 25 could be banned from leading teenagers astray by advertising booze. A bill proposing the clamp-down was passed by the National Assembly’s committee on health and welfare on 23 April. Reportedly prompted by Kim Yu-na’s Hite advertisements in 2012 (when she […]

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This month’s KCC K-Culture lecture – the history and making of kimchi

by Philip Gowman 3 April 2015
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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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The KCC launches its series of cookery talks with Samgyetang

by Philip Gowman 2 March 2015
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The first of a series of cookery demonstrations at Le Cordon Bleu. Registration required via info@kccuk.org.uk. K-Cuisine Lecture Series No.1: Samgyetang Date/Time: Tuesday 24 March 2015, 18.30-20.30 Venue: Le Cordon Bleu London (WC1A 2LS) Lecturer: Chef Hyung Soo Lim Short introduction to Samgyetang Samgyetang is a chicken soup made by stuffing a young chicken cavity […]

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Namul – a nice bibimbap place in Brighton

by 앤서방 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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