It has been two and a half years since Korean food began its globalization project! Korean food is spreading gradually among New Yorkers, and people who have tried it once are coming back for more. On this week's Arirang Prime, world-class chef Jean Georges Vongerichten talks about the strengths of Korean food and renowned documentary director Charles Pinsky predicts that Korean food will replace Japanese food as the next big trend in Asian food. Other experts help us to assess the global progress of Korean food and its potential for the future.
<The Cold, Hard Truth: New Yorkers Don't Know About Korean Food!>
"Zagat" is the United States' most recognized restaurant guide! Hundreds of diners visit restaurants all over the country to evaluate food, service and ambience and provide a guide for other hungry epicures. There are 91 Japanese restaurants on the list, but only 18 Korean restaurants! The Japanese restaurants are also ahead in terms of food ratings. What is the key to the success of Japanese food and what does Korean food need to become a globally-recognized cuisine? Japanese restaurants and Korean restaurants are compared side-by-side to find out.
<Raise Awareness of Korean Food!>
Only 5-10% of all New Yorkers know about or have tried Korean food! Korean food is slowly gaining in recognition, and promotion is more important than ever. Mobile events promote Korean food everywhere and Korean cuisine makes its debut at the LUCKYRICE Fest, turning heads and creating long lines. We follow those who are working to promote Korean cuisine in New York.
<Making It in New York>
Phillip Lee is the creator of the Kimchi Taco Truck, which has enraptured busy New Yorkers with its convenience and great taste! The Truck drives around New York to sell Korean menu, and everywhere it stops a crowd is sure to gather. Danji is a new hot spot in New York that presents a menu of Western food fused with Korean techniques! Reservations are a must even on weekday nights. We explore how they have captured the taste buds of New Yorkers.
<Korean Food's American Fans>
Many Americans have joined in the effort to promote Korean food in the United States. Debora Samuels, a chef and author of a Korean cookbook, opens a monthly Korean food lecture to raise awareness about Korean cuisine. World-renowned documentary director Cbarles Pinksy joins forces with star chef Jean Georges Vongerichten and his wife Marja, as well as Hollywood stars Hugh Jackman and Heather Graham for "Kimchi Chronicles," a 13-part series on Korean cuisine that is airing on America's Public Broadcasting Service. Find out why these Americans have fallen in love with Korean food, and discover the potential of Korean food's globalization.