Beyond kimchi--incredibly delicious and simple Korean classics.
There's been steadily growing interest and knowledge in Korean food across the globe in recent times--which can be seen reflected in the number of Korean restaurants and chains popping up. Of course, it's helped that the cult food figure of David Chang and his Momofuku restaurants (as well as Lucky Peach magazine) have helped propel Korean flavors, techniques, and classics into the mainstream. Just like some of Korea's chili-spiked dishes, this cuisine is very hot right now!
Not only is the food diverse and the flavors distinct, but the dishes are also simple to create at home. Little Korea contains the most popular Korean dishes eaten every day on the streets and in homes across the nation. No kitchen gadgetry or trickery is required--this is food with a singular mission: to deliver maximum flavor and texture in a simple way.
Here you'll find stir-fried sweet potato noodles, bulgogi (Korean barbecued beef ), bibimbap, delicious hearty stews, kimchi (of course), Korean fried chicken (the other KFC), and desserts like sweet filled pancakes and incredible pastries.
Korean-Australian Simon Park is a food writer and freelance photographer based in Sydney, Australia. He documents his love of Korean food - as well as the Sydney restaurant scene in general - on his popular food blog The Heart of Food (www.theheartoffood.com).