In a weekly series of posts, we will present the Top 5 Most Korean-American cities, selected not only for their numbers, but also for their visibility in mainstream America. Our research was guided by the following criteria: population, famous and/or influential locals, programs, and hotspots.
This past Wednesday, Korean Beacon stopped by CGV Theaters in L.A.’s Koreatown to watch the L.A. premiere of Kimchi Chronicles. The first episode transported us from host Marja Vongerichten‘s own kitchen (the setting of a couple of cooking demos that poked fun at Hugh Jackman‘s wariness of spicy foods) to the streets and smells of Seoul.
Korean food has become exponentially more popular in the past few years, and as a result, more accessible than ever. From July 10-12, D.C.’s Summer Fancy Food Show is home to a record 25 Korean food companies, most notably, the Hansik Pop-Up restaurant.
You’ve probably already seen the promos for the new PBS show called Kimchi Chronicles, a thirteen-episode journey exploring Korean cuisine and culture. The show follows Marja Vongerichten, wife of world-renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, as she visits restaurants, pojanmachas (street stalls), markets, and popular tourist destinations all over South Korea.