Archive for January, 2010

Wang Thai : KoreanFoodCrime Free Area In Itaewon!

Posted in Uncategorized on January 17, 2010 by koreanfoodcrime

OK, I’ve been criticised a little bit for being overly negative-critical on this humble blog. In response I’m posting something most out of character for this blog! A friend took us to dinner last night, and wow it was a seriously delicious meal. The best meal in Korea since eating at the superb (though pricey) restaurant at the top of the Namsan Tower.

Wang Thai restaurant next to Burger King and above KEB bank is awesome, simply awesome. The servers seem to be all Korean, but the service is excellent. The cooks are apparently all Thai so the food is superb. It’s actually the best Thai food I’ve had the pleasure to devour outside of Thailand. For Korea (where you always pay a premium for non-Korean food) the prices are more than reasonable, and the food is excellent. The room is also very nice.

I had the Roast Duck in Red Curry Sauce and it was sublime. For appetisers we enjoyed delicious spring rolls perfectly cooked and some delicious (almost Malay-Indonesian style) sate with peanut sauce. For mains I ordered duck ( I love consuming Donald and his feathery friends!). It was delicious roast, perfectly cooked, duck in a wonderful flavoursome red curry sauce, my dining companions, ordered some Pad Thai, an assortment of curries and some rice. The attentive service staff even gave us a complimentary dessert of banana in coconut milk, simple yet delicious. We didn’t order wine, but on perusing the wine list the prices were very competitive, and the choice of beverages was varied and obviously tailored to go with the food, they even had Thai whiskey!

The service was outstanding. The only ‘criminal’ nature of this report on a brilliant restaurant is that there are so few places that offer the quality, service and dining pleasures that Wang Thai offer in Korea. I think it will become a regular haunt of ours. Wang Thai get two thumbs up from this writer, brilliant stuff.

See, I’m not all negative after all!


Kim Jong-Il: The Greatest Food Criminal Of All

Posted in Uncategorized on January 10, 2010 by koreanfoodcrime

More from the KT. I despise the KT and its sloppy ‘journalism’, I also don’t appreciate nonsense like this. The almost fawning tone of the following articlce about a man who makes Osama Bin Laden look like fucking Santa Claus makes me sicker than eating spoiled oysters (I had them in Yeosu and was on the toilet for two days).

Determined to Feed His People (To Sharks?)

Kim Jong-il
North Korea leader

North Korea’s paramount leader Kim Jong-il is reportedly determined to realize his father’s will, which he has so far failed to achieve: feeding the people.

“I am resolute in my determination to enhance people’s living standards in the shortest possible time so that they don’t have to envy the life of people in other countries,” he said, according to a North Korea’s official Web site, Uriminjokkiri.

Kim’s father, Kim Il-sung, was a famous guerilla fighter against the Japanese colonial occupiers and founded the nation.

Kim Il-sung left a will that called for building a nation in which people could “eat rice and meat soup, wear clothes made of silk and live in a shingle-roofed house,” an expression that symbolizes a well-off living state.

“Even though our nation has become a powerful state in terms of political ideology and the military, but it is much lacking in terms of people’s living standards,” Yonhap cited the web site, saying Kim’s remark had originally appeared on the state-run Rodong Sinmun.

“We have yet to realize the will of the late supreme leader,” Kim said, mentioning the common title of his late father.

“Currently, the (Worker’s) party is unfolding a great scheme and operations to bring about the critical turning point for improving people’s livelihood,” Kim said, in the report.

KJI is scum personified. It would be very easy to feed the poor unfortunate North Korean people if they stopped spending all their money on weapons, and wasting all their human resources propping up a failed regime. When I visited the DMZ (the border between North and South Korea) I was shocked at how short the North Korean soldiers were. Most of them are the size South Korean children! The army in the North get the bulk of the food and other resources so regular North Korean people must be emaciated dwarves by comparison. It is interesting in that whilst the regular North Korean folks are mostly starving to death,(fascinating article here>)  KJI binges himself on the finest foods from all over the world. I do hope the wanker dies soon.

Whilst there are, without a shadow of a doubt, food criminals in South Korea, the evil regime in the North have taken food criminality to a much greater level than even the most devious South Korean culinary saboteurs. Let’s all hope he intends to feed his people with food rather than the approach he took to the UN nuclear inspector Hans Blix!

Japanese Journalist Recieves Death Threats From ‘Enraged’ Nutizens Over Bimbimbap Comment

Posted in Uncategorized on January 10, 2010 by koreanfoodcrime

The Korean times, always a good source of comedy gold, ran this as their front page story!

Bibimbap Controversy Was Caused by ‘Misunderstanding’

Kuroda Katsuhiro, Seoul bureau chief of the Japanese right-leaning Sankei Shimbun, who created controversy for his derogatory remark on a Korean dish, said there was some “misunderstanding.”

In his Saturday column titled “Bibimbap Terror?” on Sankei, Kuroda said his earlier calling bibimbap as”Yang Du Gu Yuk” (羊頭狗肉) was meant to be a humor, Chosun Ilbo reported.

Yang Du Gu Yuk literally means “to hang a lamb’s head outside the shop to lure customers, but actually sells a dog meat.” It’s comparable to the English expression of “crying wine, and selling vinegar.”

In his December column, titled “Tormenting Bibimbap,” Kuroda used the expression to decry bibimbap, which is a popular Korean dish that is served as a bowl of warm white rice topped with saut?ed and seasoned vegetables with a raw or fried egg on the top.

Bibimbap is gaining popularity abroad, including in the U.S.

South Korea has launched a campaign to promote it globally.

Kuroda expressed his doubts about the globalization potential of bibimbap. “Bibimbap looks good when it is put on the table at first. But once the vegetables, the egg and rice and everything get mixed by the spoon, it transforms into something that is unidentifiable,” he said at that time. “I fear an American who ordered this dish might be shocked to see this羊頭狗肉.”

His demeaning remark enraged some Koreans.

In response, he said on Saturday that his choice of the expression was meant to be a humor.

“I understand that the term is commonly used in Japan, but it is perceived as a very derogatory expression in Korea,” he said.

He added: “When I heard that Korea wanted to promote bibimbap globally, I just gave my own opinion about it in an honest manner as a foreigner who has lived in Korea for 30 years.

“But the Korean society is unwilling to accept it.”

Kuroda also said that he has been feeling unsafe in Korea since making the remark. “I received calls, threatening to kill me or asking the location of my residence. I may have to seek protection from the police,” he said.

He ended his column by saying, “Actually, I like bibimbap very much. I am eating it a lot these days.”

I maintain a fair level of discretion on this blog precisely for this very reason, death threats for being critical of a bowl of rice with weeds and an egg! The level of insanity of Korean nutizen foodcriminals truly boggles the mind at times! I don’t particularly have a hate-on for bibimbap, but why promote it? If people want to eat it they can, all they need to do is weed their garden, boil some rice, grab an egg and hey presto you have bibimbap.