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Podcast Report: Koreans Don’t Want to Admit They’re Eating Chinese Kimchi

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Despite a hundred million dollars worth of Kimchi imports every year, South Koreans don't want to admit they're eating Chinese kimchi.  Korea FM spoke with Dave Hazzan, the author of a new VICE report on the issue, and the foodie behind Korea's first English-language food blog, Joe McPherson, to learn more about China's ever-increasing grip on the Korean kimchi market.


Koreans Don’t Want to Admit They’re Eating Chinese Kimchi

Despite millions of dollars worth of imports every year, a new VICE report says Koreans don’t want to admit they’re eating Chinese kimchi.
Korea FM spoke with the report’s author, Dave Hazzan, and the writer of Korea’s first English-language food blog, Joe McPherson, to learn more about China’s ever-increasing grip on the Korean kimchi market.


ZenKimchi Seoul Restaurant Expat Guide 2015

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ZenKimchi Foodcast – Makgeolli, Korea’s Fizzy Brew

 

We are still playing catch-up here at MMPK headquarters, with a lot of new and exciting things in production.  A while back in May, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Joe McPherson, of ZenKimchi fame, for an episode of his Foodcast.  Of course the topic of the conversation was our beloved makgeolli, and despite chewing each other’s ears off for a good 40 minutes or so, I’m sure we could have gone on for much longer!  Every time I get chatting about makgeolli, Korean traditional liquor and the future of the industry, I realise just how much there is to know and how much more we have to learn.


Getting Into the Halloween Spirit, Seoul Style

Halloween isn't a traditional holiday here in Korea but over the past decade or so, it has begun to slowly seep into the nation's culture.  In Seoul, decorations can occasionally be spotted in store fronts and costumes can be purchased at super-centers like E-Mart and Home Plus.  Kindergartners go trick-or-treating at their English hagwons and bars offer cash prizes to the best-dressed vampire, cartoon character, or sexy bunny.

There are a number of events going on in Seoul around the 31st (including a Halloween booze cruise and a Freak or Treat Marathon) but if you're like me, you just can't wait until the end of the month to start celebrating.  Check my suggestions below on how to get into the Halloween spirit, Seoul style.

Food Photography Part 1

 

 

Before I begin, take some time to read Joe McPherson’s article on the most recent attempt at the globalization of  Korean food. Now you can see the connection to all the hamburgers, being that this is a blog on photography in Korea.

In order to make decent food photography you  must first figure out what types of shots you are looking to get. For me there are usually about two types (from my perspective anyway). The first type is the commercial grade/ magazine style food photography and the second is the “food I have eaten” style food photography.


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Taco Bell - an update

Just a quickie while working on another post.

Last night I read a rumor that Taco Bell was already open, which I doubted - but immediately wanted to confirm. Earlier today, I read the following on 10 Magazine's website:

March Madness - Korean style

While I don't usually plug my friends websites / blogs (except, of course, if I'm getting paid - HA HA HA), a project of Joe McPherson's from the venerable ZenKimchi will combine March Madness with Korean foods. From the introductory page:
Korean foods from different regions compete for fame and glory on the international stage. Which cuisine will reign supreme?

Here’s how it works.

It all starts at midnight Seoul Time on March 14th. Every day pairs of foods from the regions of Seoul-Gyeonggi, Northern, Southern and Central will vie for your votes. Each region has sixteen foods. The winners of each region will square off in the semi-finals and finals. By the end of March, we will award a lucky Korean food the title of 2010 World Champion.


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