* Date : 2016-01-26
Yunke, a Korean restaurant in Tokyo, Japan, has made it on the Michelin Guide with two stars for three consecutive years since 2014. The Michelin-starred restaurant was founded by none other than the Kimchi Grand Master, Yun Mi-wol, in 2013.
Michelin stars are bestowed upon restaurants based on 5 to 6 inspections conducted by anonymous reviewers, who evaluate the restaurants based on their food quality and ambience among other factors, throughout the year. Only select few restaurants that conform to the strict criteria earn the elusive Michelin stars and get featured on the Michelin Guide.
The INNERview crew visited Sugeumjae, a Korean restaurant situated in Changwon to meet Yun Mi-wol to talk about her secrets to winning over the Michelin inspectors. She welcomed us with a variety of dishes, ranging from everyday dishes to royal cuisine, that captivated the inspectors.
Yun, also known as the Kimchi Grand Master, presented us with"sungchimchae," a special variety of kimchi that helped her gain that status. She explained that, unlike the common kimchi, which is seasoned with a sauce that contains salt, sungchimchae is seasoned with salted yellow corvina that adds a more savory flavor and gives it a clean aftertaste.
Tune into this week’s edition of The INNERview to meet Yun Mi-wol, who has dedicated her entire life to researching and developing kimchi and Korean cuisine in order to promote them on the global stage.