A Korean BBQ feast at Seorabol | Photo by Michael Persico
So you got your Korean fried chicken and your Korean street tacos, both of which became fads that cemented themselves in the culinary gray matter of borderless grubniks. There’s kimchi, which is so popular now, it’s surprising Lay’s doesn’t have it as a chip flavor. And yet despite the fact that Philadelphia has a thriving Koreatown right in Olney, this is still a cuisine whose more traditional aspects are foreign to many eaters in the city. If you’re looking to amend that blind spot, start here.
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Are you a fan of Giwa in Center City? What about their sizzling signature hot sauce?
If you can’t get enough of that deliciously spicy Go Chu Jang sauce and yearn to have your own supply, then you’re in luck! Owner Yong Chi has announced that the awesome hot sauce is now being sold as a commercial product. Come in to the restaurant and pick up your own supply today.
Go Chu Jang is a thick paste made mainly with a fermented soybean base and red chili pepper. This addictive sauce is great for rice, noodles, dips, marinades, stir-frying and BBQ wings. Hell, drink it right out of the bottle.
Giwa is selling the sauce for $5.95 and look for it popping up on store shelves as well. Stock up now.
Benny Lai who owns Chinatown’s Vietnam and West Philadelphia’s Vietnam Cafe is opening a third restaurant. Grill Fish Cafe will serve up Asian seafood next door to his West Philadelphia restaurant.
Chestnut7 dials up upscale pub food for Chestnut Hill. The former Solaris Grille is serving up brick oven pizzas and sub-$20 entrees nightly. Lunch and brunch will be up in the next few weeks. [Zagat]
Green Eggs Cafe is opening its third location. This one on Philadelphia’s best restaurant row at 13th and Locust. The popular bruncherie will be taking over part of the former Signatures Gentleman’s Club. No timeline is set for an opening but we presume it will be after Stateside, the bar they have under construction on Passyunk Avenue. [The Insider]
Meal Ticket gets plenty of photos of the just opened Twisted Tail on Headhouse Square. [Meal Ticket]
Jim Burke of James is back working for Stephen Starr. He’ll be in the kitchen at the New York Historical Society Museum. Starr recently won the catering contract for the 77th Street and Central Park West museum. [Meal Ticket]
Giwa’s Yong Chi is looking to open a BYOB at 1207 Walnut Street this Fall. [Philadelphia Inquirer]