Narisawa Review

Les Creations de Narisawa Review

I had been wanting to try Les Creations de Narisawa for a few years now, and the restaurant experience certainly lived up to the built up expectation. This was one of the most memorable meals ever due to the ambiance, quality, care, and variety of the courses. I have traveled to Tokyo to try restaurants each year for the past three years, but made it to Narisawa on my third trip because it had been pushed down on my priority list behind sushi and other traditional Japanese cuisines. Initially I was interested in Narisawa after seeing photos of the beautiful presentation, but thought maybe this would be too similar to French style restaurants here in NY. I only wish I had gone to Narisawa on my first trip so I could return and try another tasting menu for a different season. Continue reading “Narisawa Review”

Udon Caden Jung Ho Young

Udon Caden (우동카덴) was the best cheap eat of my recent trip to Seoul. I have been a big fan of the show Please Take Care of My Refrigerator these days. If you like cooking programs this one is great because many Korean chefs cook using only the ingredients from the refrigerators of Korean celebrities. I really wanted to try Chef Jung Ho Young‘s (정호영) restaurant Udon Caden because of the show and also because I just like udon in general. This restaurant more than met my expectations and I will be sure to return on my next trip. Continue reading “Udon Caden Jung Ho Young”

Jajangmyeon Recipe

Jajangmyeon has always been one of my favorite foods since I was a child. Before I even know what umami was I knew there was something special about this dish. The blend of beef or pork with vegetable juices, sugar, and fermented black bean sauce is incredible. As a kid I would look forward to weekend visits to the local Korean Chinese restaurant in Massachusetts to eat this dish with tangsooyook, fried sweet and sour pork. Continue reading “Jajangmyeon Recipe”

Sleeping Bear Kimchi Fried Rice

Sleeping Bear Kimchi Fried Rice

Ever since I saw images of cute sleeping bear rice I couldn’t stop thinking about how adorable it was. I have been meaning to try to make this cute dish for quite some time and decided it would be nice to pair with one of my favorite dishes to make, kimchi fried rice or kimchi “bokkeum bap.” Continue reading “Sleeping Bear Kimchi Fried Rice”

Ganjang Gejang in Seoul: Pro and Jinmi Sikdang

Where to eat Ganjang Gejang in Seoul: Jinmi Sikdang and Pro Ganjang Gejang

Ganjang Gejang 게장 is a very special and unique Korean food that you must try if you visit Seoul. Unlike other indigenous Korean dishes such as kimchee, kimbap, bibimbap, etc. with good versions easily found outside of Korea, Ganjang Gejang is best enjoyed in Korea. This is because the crabs that are used in Korea taste differently than the blue crabs that are used for this dish in the states. Ganjang Gejang is a soy sauce marinated crab dish. The beautiful flavors of the raw crab with the soy sauce along with roe and rice pair so unexpectedly deliciously. I have only been eating this dish for a few years now because I was afraid of the raw nature of the dish; but now this is one of my favorites in Korean cuisine. Continue reading “Ganjang Gejang in Seoul: Pro and Jinmi Sikdang”