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Ottawa is lucky to have had a bibimbap food truck (found on Bank, between Albert and Slater) this summer. It seemed to be quite popular with people queuing during lunch hour. Bibimbap is a fantastic meal: It’s healthy because it usually starts with rice and vegetables and the […]

Best quote about Korean food

… Koreans traditionally make a distinction between the “tongue taste” and the “hand taste” of a food. (…)Tongue taste is the straightforward chemical phenomenon that takes place whenever molecules make contact with taste buds, something that happens with any food as a matter of course. Tongue taste is […]

Korean Food Day

The sky was overcast but the weather couldn’t dampen the festive mood. As part of the festivities of Korea Week, the Ambassador hosted Korea Food Day at his residence. The invitation merely indicated a sampling of Korean food, but it really translated into enough food to feed a […]

Freshingly Sweet

The blog/website Serious Eats has an entry about artisanal Popsicle in Seoul. I really am proud when Korean talent and their innovative spirit are showcased. Gosh I wish I were in Seoul right now. With temperature hitting 30C and higher, plus humidity, I could use one of those […]


  Yours truly will be the MC for the Proclamation Ceremony on Wednesday. I hope I don’t flubber, or flounder, or otherwise totally embarrass myself. It’s going to be one legen… wait for it … dary show. So hope to see you there!    

Food Truck!

Hey Ottawa! We have a Korean food truck!It may not be the famous Kogi truck, but still authentic Korean food on wheels? Way cool! Come find it on the west side of Bank between Albert & Slater. You can find the schedule here. Does your city have a […]

Oh so proud!

On July 8th, 2013, the actor Sandra Oh, will receive the key to the city of Ottawa. Sandra Oh portrays the ‘warm and fuzzy’ and ‘extremely likeable’ character Dr Cristina Yang on Grey’s Anatomy. (For those who watch the TV drama will know that I’m being facetious.) I’ve […]

Korean BBQ

Peanut butter and jelly. Salt and pepper. New York City and yellow cabs, Empire State building and Liberty Statue. Paris and Eiffel tower. Some things are forever associated together, making them almost a perfect couple (or grouping). For me, one of these perfect associations is summertime and BBQ. […]

Crash Course in Korean Food

The running joke about novels is that they sometimes get made into a movie version. This is especially true about lengthy novels (think Lord of the Rings trilogy, War and Peace, the Hobbit) or plays that are written in a form of Old English or English that is […]

Calling all social butterflies…

From the office of the Counselor for Cultural and Public Affairs of the Embassy of South Korea: “In commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of Korea-Canada Diplomatic Relations and the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War Armistice, the Embassy of the Republic of Korea and the City of Ottawa […]

C’mon, dish out! Open to Suggestions

I’d like to make this an interactive post, and I’m hoping that you will help me. Korean restaurants are cropping up here and there, and more and more people are frequenting them. These diners are becoming more familar with Korean cuisine, beyond the usual kimchi and bulgogi, and […]

Jinju Lanterns at Winterlude 2013

This post is unusual because it does not discuss of my typical field of “expertise” which is food. Instead, we diverge from what Frost described as the well-trodden path to engage in a topic that delightful without being delicious. For the past thirty-five years, Ottawa has celebrated winter […]

Drinks: Gun bae!

With spring around the corner, some may feel that a celebratory drink is in order, for surviving a harsh winter, for welcoming spring or both. If the French claim wine as their national alcoholic beverage and the Russians, vodka; then the soju belongs the Korean. Soju is a […]


I think any blog that talks about Korean food cannot escape, and would in fact be remiss if it did not discuss kimchi. One author describes kimchi as Korea’s national vegetable dish. Kimchi was found at every meal, including breakfast. Kimchi remains a staple of the Korean diet, […]

The Year of the Snake

The lunar New Year is around the corner! I hope that this post may inspire you to celebrate the lunar New Year Korean-style! New Year’s and Korean thanksgiving are probably the two most important holidays in Korean culture. The dates of Korean New Year and Thanksgiving do not […]

The basics

In the Sound of Music, Julie Andrews sang “Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start”. I think a very good place to start is to first define Korean cuisine. What is Korean cuisine? The most common associations with Korean food include kimchi, bulgogi […]