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Documentaries on Korean Food


Chef's Table

David Gelb (2015, -)

S03 Ep 01


Collection of documentaries developed by Netflix.

The first episode of the third season is totally dedicated to Jeong Kwan, a Buddhist Seon nun and cook of the Baekyangsa temple, a real hermitage.

Jeong Kwan cooks for the monks and the few casual visitors. She did not study cooking, she is self-taught: in the episode she explains the principles of Buddhist cuisine and the creation of some dishes.


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Date da mangiare a Phil

Somebody Feed Phil

John Bedolis (2018)

S03 Ep 04


Documentary available on Netflix.

The fourth episode of the third season is titled Seoul is obviously set in the South Korean capital. Here Phil Rosenthal tastes some of the most traditional dishes such as tteokbokki at Maboklim tteokbokki. Next, visit the famous Gawngjang Market where he can enjoy mung bean jeons, artisanal kimchi, kal-guksu and sannakji.

Afterwards he tries budae jjigae, visits the Noryangjin fish market, and has a North Korean dinner at Neugra Bapsam with cook Jessie Kim. There is also a two-star Michelin experience at Jungsik (whose chef and owner has another restaurant of the same name in New York), a very interesting visit to the Korean Air catering, the legendary Korean fried chicken at Ddobagi Chicken, ending with an excellent luxury bbq at Cheongmisim (Bongpiyang Suryeo).

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Documentary A

(2020)

Guardalo qui /watch it here: part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4


Documentary about food culture between South Korea and North Korea broadcast by Arirang TV.

The first episode focuses on refugee feeding in Busan (formerly the temporary capital before Seoul), focusing on places that are considered historic yesterday as today: Gukje Market, Bosu-dong Bookstore Alley, 40-step stairway and the Gamchon Culture Village. The dishes presented, however, are milmyeon and pork gukbap.

The second episode presents the historical dishes that unite the two Koreas: kal-guksu, sujebi, tteokbokki and budae jjigae.

The third episode is based on regional dishes: Hamheung nongma noodles, Sokcho sundae and all the North Korean food prepared on Gyodong Island.

The fourth and final episode is based on Pyongyang dishes prepared by North Koreans residing in South Korea.



Globalizing Korea food - Conquering with taste

Guardalo qui/ watch it here: part1, part2


Documentary broadcast by Arirang TV investigating the future of food: Korean cuisine is the first to take this step in anticipation of massive development in a globalized world.

With the participation of chefs Song DeokMo and Lim JungSik.

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Hansik The Taste of Korea

(2017)

Guardalo qui /watch it here


Documentary in 30 episodes made for television with the aim of spreading authentic Korean food culture around the world. Each episode features one of the basic ingredients of Korean cuisine, which is explored in detail.

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Hansik The taste of Korea | © hansikamerica.org


John Torode's Korean food tour

(2017)

Guardalo qui /watch it here


John Torode, acclaimed Australian chef, travels to South Korea between big cities and countryside to discover the local cuisine, oozing a list of the 10 best dishes in the nation.

Among the places visited I mention Jeonju, Busan, Mangwon Market, Majang Meat Market and Noodle Alley.

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John Torode's Korean food tour | © w.uktv.co.uk


Kimchi chronicles

Charles Pinsky (2011)

Guardalo qui /watch it here


This is a traveling documentary for television conducted by Marja Vongerichten, an American of Korean origins.

Each episode begins in an area of Korea, discovering local dishes which are then replicated at Marja's kitchen in New York.

The program was sponsored by various entities (including Visit Korea Committee, Korean Food Foundation and the Ministry of Culture) and sees the participation of chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten and actors Heather Graham, Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness.

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Savouring Korea - The taste of home

Adam Hobbs (2013)

Guardalo qui /watch it here


Documentary in which Korean cuisine of the past, present and future is investigated not only in South Korea, but also in London, the city where the evolution of this cuisine has evolved. With the participation of the English cook and writer for the Sunday Times Food Gizzi Erksine, Neil Rankin (cook and expert of Korean cuisine) and the restaurateur Roy Ackerman.

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Street Food Asia

David Gelb (2019)

S01 Ep 05


Documentary available on Netflix.

The fifth episode of the first season develops, as the title suggests, in Seoul. Famous for its food markets, the capital of South Korea boasts one particularly famous: Gawngjang Market, a true paradise of traditional Korean food. This is where Yoonsun Cho works, an excellent cook much appreciated for her handmade noodles and for her homemade kimchi.

Also in the same market is Honglim Banchan, famous for its marinated crabs, and Pakgane mung bean jeons.

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Street Food Asia | © foodandwine.com



The mind of a chef

2012

S01 Ep 03 (Guardalo qui /watch it here)

S01 Ep 05 (Guardalo qui /watch it here)


Documentary available on Netflix.

In the third episode of the first season, Memory, chef Chang talks about the kimchi whose complete recipe is shown in the fifth episode Rotten.

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The Mind of a Chef | © pbs.org


Ugly Delicious

David Chang (2018)

S01 Ep 03

S01 Ep 05


Home cooking is the third episode of the first season: chef Chang shows his Korean breakfast based on Galbitang and shows his mother's home cooking, retracing childhood memories.

In the fifth episode of the first season, Barbecue, the chef talks about Korean barbecue by visiting the Park BBQ restaurant in Los Angeles.

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