It was a great pleasure to be invited to attend The Hottest K-Food in London organised by Korean culture centre and Embassy of the Republic of Korean in the UK.
The event started with guest speakers sharing about their experience of how they got to where they were with their passion about Korean food. Daniel O’Sullivan shared the story of starting his restaurant Kimchi Cult in Scotland. Da-Hae West also shared her experience of how she and her husband AmeriKorean dream food business Busan BBQ was born. Jordan Burke the author of his award wining book Our Korean Kitchen, spoke about his experience of fermentation and explaining it is one of the main technique used in Korean cuisines.
A Korean lunch was provided in a buffet style where we tried a range of traditional Korean food – Kimbap (Korean style sushi), Japchae (Korean stir fried glass noodle), Namul (seasonal vegetable), Jeon (Korean pancake), Ggul tteok (Rice cake with honey), Mujigae tteok (Rainbow rice cake), YangNyum Galbi (Marinated beef), Ddeokbokki (Spicy rice cakes), dumplings and a range of deep-fried vegetables.
The final programme of the event was the award ceremony of the top 10 hottest K-food in London and to showcase their winning dishes.
Congratulations to all the winners listed below and in no particular order:
- The sea bass in fermented cauliflower – Flat Three
- Kimchi Stir-Fried Rice – Mr. Kimchi
- Chicken Popcorn – Bob N Joy
- Jijajangmyeon – YomoZomo
- Rice Cake Toast – Bingsoo
- Jinjja BBQ Dakgalbi – Food Gangnam Style
- Original Korean YangNyum Chicken – CheeMc
- Cheese Kimchi fried rice – Seoul Bakery
- Korean Fried Chicken – JinJuu
- YangNyum Galbi – SuperStar BBQ
As well as showcase of the 10 winning dishes we got to sample the top 10 Korean drink – Morning rice drink, Green plum drink, Milkis, McCol, Aloe Vera drink (Original), Corn silk tea, Vilac rice punch, Vilac Cinnamon Punch, Pororo soy drink (Banana flavour) and Black bean & Calcium soy drink.