Archive for December, 2009

Merry Xmas

Posted in Uncategorized on December 24, 2009 by koreanfoodcrime

Though I’m not a Christian, I bloody love Christmas.

It’s a good opportunity to hang out with loved ones, eat great food, drink some nice booze and have a good time.

Wishing all the readers of this humble blog a very merry Xmas and a prosperous and fantastic new year.

BTW. I’m not doing food crime tomorrow. I’m doing Duck with Clementines with a Red Wine Jus, Roast Potato, and steamed seasonal veg + a nice cheese plate.

Here’s to wishing you a very happy (foodcrime free) 2010!

Love

KFK

Korean ‘Chefs’ Attack Italian Cuisine!

Posted in Uncategorized on December 6, 2009 by koreanfoodcrime

Do not go to Macaroni Market in Itaewon. It is quite possibly the worst attempt at Italian food I’ve ever had the misfortune to be served. And that’s coming from someone who has lived in Korea for quite some time so I have seen some foodcrime atrocities of the highest order. This time the crime is not just the dreadful food, but also the deception and fraud like nature of their activities in Itaewon.

Walking into the place the initial impression is that it will actually be quite reasonable. The waiters are all smart and attentive, the room is roomy and nice, it has an open kitchen, all very good things. I should have had my alarm bells ringing when I noticed that all the chefs were Korean!

I ordered the Vongole, the missus ordered some Tomato thing (I didn’t catch the name of the dish). The missus’ was edible-nothing special, my pasta was not cooked. I’m not talking al dente as it should be, but about 5 minutes undercooked and I had to send it back, it was replaced and this time they hadn’t bothered cleaning the clams properly and they were full of grit. I filled up on bread, the bread was actually OK.

I asked for the wine list and was frankly fucking astonished about how expensive it was! The prices were ludicrous, 80 thousand won for plonk, 200+ for anything half decent. Absolutely fucking ridiculously overpriced, we mostly drank water.

All in all 3 glasses of Champagne, 1 Glass of nasty white wine and two very very mediocre tiny portions of spaghetti with sauce and a bit of bread, set us back a cool 80.000 won. Fucking outrageously overpriced, and the food was terrible, for that kind of money I’d expect something a little better. I could make that meal myself 10x better and for a tenth the cost. We were a party of ten so the bill’s total was about 400,000 won! Nobody was impressed with their food. That is basically theft as far as I’m concerned

To the food criminals at Macaroni Market a hearty ‘F**k YOU!’. Do not go there, it is shit. Avoid this crappy place like the plague. It may look nice inside and the food does look OK, but it is simply very expensive crap. I’m not a cheapskate, I’ll willingly hand over a wad of money to a restaurant that produces quality, I do recognise that you have to pay for quality. However I do not appreciate being ripped off and conned and that is the foodcrime that Macaroni Market are guilty off.

I sincerely hope that some Italian mobsters get wind of this place and kneecap the proprietors of this insult to Italian cuisine.

Bundaegi

Posted in Uncategorized on December 5, 2009 by koreanfoodcrime

Yummy! ;p

Nasty shit, and I can’t believe I haven’t posted an exposé of this shocking foodcrime. Any convenience store in Korea will carry this delicacy in a canned form. The worst however is when it is sold on the street, generally it is steaming and the liquid evaporating of the larvae smells just like urine!

Hmm! A tasty treat of ‘urine bugs’ is what we all want to quaff down after a few beers isn’t it?

I did try Bee Larvae in Vietnam, that was pretty disgusting but at least it didn’t smell of piss.

Vankers!

Posted in Uncategorized on December 3, 2009 by koreanfoodcrime

First off, sorry for the lack of updates recently. I’ve got a whole load of cases and could really do with an assistant-intern to help out tracking down and researching rogue foodcrime miscreants.

This post is inspired by the ‘Vankers’ a Korean group dedicated to misleading people into believing that ‘The Sea of Japan’ is actually ‘The East Sea’ despite the fact that ‘East’ is relative and if Japan didn’t exist it would be called ‘The Pacific Ocean’, the Vankers certainly wish that Japan didn’t exist. Copernicus and Galileo got into less trouble with religious idiots than you would if you mentioned Takeshima or The Sea of Japan to these nutjobs! Anyway back to foodcrime as I stumbled upon this illiterate piece of nonsense on their site earlier. They’re not just promoting foodcrime, but ‘language crime’ judging by a cursory look through their site!

Globalization of Korean Food
2009-09-15

Recently in Korea, to make Korean food globalize prevails. Because, it would be able to let Korean culture being introduced through that and Koreans can generate high added value. Eating healthy foods is today’s trend. In this point, Korean food has a lot of possibilities to succeed in the world’s food market. Chinese and Japanese foods which are East Asian foods proved it already.

Korean food is worth to being confident. But the reality is far more than the ideal. Most of the overseas Korean restaurants are putting out of business, and most of the customers are Korean tourists or the Koreans who live in overseas. Sometimes the coolest restaurants get the motive from the Korean food, but most of the foreigners don’t know that was coming from Korean food.

It happens because Korean foods are not familiar with most foreigners in the world. Most foreigners had or heard Japanese Susi or Soba but less people know Korean foods like Kimchi and Bulgogi. Even those people know only little or partial information, such as Korean food is hot and spicy. These cause the prejudices that Korean foods are not good for health and unsanitary.

It happens because of several reasons follow. First, foreigners couldn’t get accurate information about Korean food before. Most websites which introduce Korean foods provide only simple and short introductions about each Korean foods and recipes. For example Bulgogi is this or Kimchi is this. These introductions are not appropriate to introduce uniqueness of Korean foods’ culture like Hangsang, which means you put all prepared foods in one table. It’s rather to introduce one cuisine with further side dishes together which goes well with that cuisine. Furthermore, it could be better if these websites introduce table manners and Korean food culture together and it makes foreigners like you would be much familiar with Korean foods.

Second, Koreans need to introduce Korean foods in the point of view of foreigners not Koreans. I think it is important to combine Korean food with other countries’ food culture as well as to introduce Korean foods. Especially there are some parts in Korean food culture which is not acceptable for most foreigners, such as table setting or eating the food in a dish together.
So I think Koreans should improve that matters for foreigners not to feel reluctance.

Third, when they foreigners try to prepare or learn how to cook Korean foods, they always should face so many Korean and abstract words that are difficult to understand and buy. These words should be translated into the exact and replaced words.

I think it’s important to research how to make better taste of Korean foods for foreigners. Although Koreans like normal tastes of Korean foods and is still good for health, but it can be felt differently for foreigners. In order to do this, we should survey the foreigners’ opinions and understand which is to be corrected or which is to be used.

I think if these things improved sooner or later, Korean foods could be much familiar for foreigners in the world.

By Gunseon Jin

Gunsone Jin is a foodcrime denier of the highest order, and a serious threat to both the food world and the English language.

Thailand,  the EU countries, the US,  Australia, Mexico, China, Vietnam, Morocco and many other places around the world don’t promote their food, they don’t need to as a lot of it is bloody fantastic. The cuisines promote themselves by being fucking brilliant. When it comes to grandiose ideas about promoting ‘ Hansick’ (Korean food) I think why bother? Polishing a turd is a fairly pointless activity, kind of like putting lipstick on a pig. Most foreigners don’t need education regarding Korean food. If they like food, and have any kind of palate, Korean food is pretty much at the bottom of the list. My question to the Vankers is ‘Why promote eating shit?’

I really need make no more comment, the accused has basically admitted his crimes.