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The New Hot Cuisine: Korean
WSJ ^ | 03/06/09 | JULIET CHUNG

Posted on 03/08/2009 12:36:34 AM PST by TigerLikesRooster

The New Hot Cuisine: Korean

Why its flavors are cropping up everywhere from haute cuisine to fast food

By JULIET CHUNG

The noted Chicago eatery Blackbird has kimchi on the menu, and California Pizza Kitchen is developing Korean barbecue beef pizza. In Los Angeles, crowds are lining up for street food from a pair of Korean taco trucks called Kogi. The slightly sour-tasting Korean frozen yogurt served at the Pinkberry and Red Mango chains has inspired many imitators.

Redolent with garlic, sesame oil and red chili peppers, Korean food is suddenly everywhere.

It's even on the packaged-food industry's radar. "Last year, mostly what we saw in our database was Korean food at authentic ethnic places," says Cindy Ayers, vice president of Campbell's Kitchen, which tracks trends for new-product development at Campbell Soup Co. This year, she says, she's seen Korean flavors appearing on both high-end menus and in casual, nonethnic restaurants in cities like Minneapolis and Des Moines, Iowa -- a sign Korean is starting to catch on.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: food; korean; us

1 posted on 03/08/2009 12:36:34 AM PST by TigerLikesRooster
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To: TigerLikesRooster

WHoooeee - thas sum spicy stuff! Made the mistake of attending a communal dinner where the Korean wives of fellow soldiers put on a feast. Sinuses cleared, all arteries scoured of plaque, sweat glands wouldn’t stop for like twelve hours. I gained a lot of respect for Koreans that day.


2 posted on 03/08/2009 12:42:57 AM PST by NewRomeTacitus
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Kimchi is great, when it’s hot (cooked)! It’s a little difficult for most Americans to eat, when it’s cold, though. ;-)


3 posted on 03/08/2009 12:42:59 AM PST by familyop (combat engineer (combat), National Guard, '89-'96, Duncan Hunter or no-vote, http://falconparty.com/)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
The New Hot Cuisine: Korean

To kimchee or not to kimchee, that is the question.

4 posted on 03/08/2009 12:43:56 AM PST by snarks_when_bored
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Korean is just one cuisine I’ve never been able to get into. I tried a lot of different things when I was in South Korea, and i can honestly say the only “home run” for me was bulgolgi. I can do kim chi once in a while, and I didn’t mind bibimbap and whatever the grilled pork belly thing is called. I wouldn’t go out of my way to have any of them again, though.

Each to their own, though.


5 posted on 03/08/2009 12:49:59 AM PST by DemforBush (Somebody wake me when sanity has returned to the nation.)
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To: familyop
Kimchi is great, when it’s hot (cooked)! It’s a little difficult for most Americans to eat, when it’s cold, though. ;-)

No, it's actually really good. Those spiced turnip things they have go really well with bulgogki.

6 posted on 03/08/2009 12:52:06 AM PST by Centurion2000 (01-20-2009 : The end of the PAX AMERICANA.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Kimchi mashisao, adashi!


7 posted on 03/08/2009 12:58:37 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet ("To insist on strength is not war-mongering. It is peace-mongering." Barry Goldwater)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

I’d settle any day for a Bibip-bap gamsamnida!


8 posted on 03/08/2009 1:13:48 AM PST by MimirsWell (Scipio Pakistanus)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Seoul food?


9 posted on 03/08/2009 1:14:55 AM PST by Jeff Chandler (Obama's next program: Kopechne Care)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

I love bulgogi....korean food is very good.


10 posted on 03/08/2009 1:15:44 AM PST by Always Right (Obama: more arrogant than Bill Clinton, more naive than Jimmy Carter, and more liberal than LBJ.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
I love korean food, but Kimchi is only eatable if it is cucumber kimchi IMHO.
11 posted on 03/08/2009 1:27:23 AM PST by napscoordinator
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To: napscoordinator
Have you tried Radish Kimchi?
Besides, there is non-spicy Kimchi called “White Kimchi.” It may suit your taste.
12 posted on 03/08/2009 1:30:38 AM PST by TigerLikesRooster (from "Irrational Exuberance" to "Mark to Zero": from '96 to '09)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Radish Kimchi is ok, but not as good as cucumber. I have to give that “White Kimchi” a shot...thank you.


13 posted on 03/08/2009 1:36:39 AM PST by napscoordinator
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To: TigerLikesRooster

There’s a Korean store here that makes its own kimchi. Only $4 or $5 for a nice large jar. It is Chinese cabbage kimchi and not super spicy either. Buy it once a month and that jar is gone in a few days


14 posted on 03/08/2009 1:39:51 AM PST by dennisw (Archimedes--- Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum to place it, and I shall move the Earth)
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To: dennisw
Perennial problem with food shopping: stuffs run out a lot earlier than your next shopping date. Always have to go through self-imposed ‘famine’ right before the next shopping.:-)
15 posted on 03/08/2009 1:46:57 AM PST by TigerLikesRooster (from "Irrational Exuberance" to "Mark to Zero": from '96 to '09)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

I know one thing about kimchi. If you aren’t hungry you eat some and it revives your appetite. Plus since it is pickled it is good for digestion. I’m hungry already and might buy some tomorrow. I wish we had a Korean buffet here. That way I could try a little of each and figure out what is what. As it is we have Chinese buffets and Japanese (sushi oriented) buffets here that are good. We just prefer them to having waiters serve us food off a menu. Buffets have *diversity*


16 posted on 03/08/2009 3:01:34 AM PDT by dennisw (Archimedes--- Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum to place it, and I shall move the Earth)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
In the building where I work, there's a lady from Korea who runs a little luncheon shop and on Wednesdays, she serves "Bulgogi," which is a sort of Korean marinated beef stir-fry, which she serves over rice. It's really quite good, and not that spicy.

Mark

17 posted on 03/08/2009 4:14:39 AM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Trader Joe’s sells bulgogi spiced beef in the refrigerated case. It’s very good, cooked up on the grille.


18 posted on 03/08/2009 4:40:59 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Obama: Carter's only chance to avoid going down in history as the worst U.S. president ever.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Korean is one of my favorites. I can eat anything from fried spicy octopus dipped in gochujang to chap jae, which is a yam noodle dish made with vegetables and meat. The only things I don’t care for are jwipo (dried fish snacks) or radish kimchee.

Korean food is very good for you.


19 posted on 03/08/2009 5:13:11 AM PDT by grimalkin (For everyone but America the free world is mostly a free ride. -Mark Steyn)
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To: DemforBush

“bulgolgi”

Isn’t that dog?


20 posted on 03/08/2009 5:21:35 AM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Beef Bulgogi

Bulgogi is traditionally grilled, but pan-cooking is common as well. A practice common at Korean barbecue, whole cloves of garlic, sliced onions, and chopped green peppers are often grilled or cooked at the same time. This dish is sometimes served with a side of lettuce or other leafy vegetable, which is used to wrap a slice of cooked meat, often along with a dab of ssamjang, or other side dishes, and then eaten as a whole.

Yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm! This thread is making me hungry!

21 posted on 03/08/2009 6:20:16 AM PDT by missnry (The truth will set you free ... and drive liberals Crazy!)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

When I lived in Des Moines some 15 years ago I used to frequent a little Korean eatery on the east side and developed a taste for kim chi. Mama-san made hers kind of like a coleslaw with lots of red pepper ...incredible cuisine.


22 posted on 03/08/2009 7:39:15 AM PDT by The Great RJ ("Mir we bleiwen wat mir sin" or "We want to remain what we are." ..Luxembourg motto)
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To: Rebelbase

Kaegolgi is dog; bulgolgi is beef.


23 posted on 03/08/2009 12:19:03 PM PDT by LambSlave
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Mmmmm I love Korean BBQ! with all the trimmings.

This food is so common in Hawaii that people think nothing of it, but it’s difficult to find on the mainland US


24 posted on 03/08/2009 3:33:32 PM PDT by Lorianne
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