On this week's episode of Top Chef, Bravo TV's reality show/cooking competition, the contestants were divided into two teams that had to prepare Korean and Vietnamese dishes. The funniest part of the whole show was when they announced that they would be doing Korean and Vietnamese, the contestants all had looks on their faces like, "What crawled into the wall and died? Where is that odor coming from?" To put it mildly, they were not pleased.
What they came up with on the Korean team (aside from mushy rice and a hockey-puck like gelatin dessert) was a braised pork and kimchi. You can find the recipe here. I'm no expert on Korean food by any stretch, but I am curious to know if anyone else thought the chef's recipes were way off base for Korean food. I mean, the ingredients for Otto's kimchi sounded like the spices my mom uses, but he was cutting up red cabbage. Do other people use that? When exactly did panna cotta and gelatin become Korean desserts?
While we're on the subject of westernized Korean food, I once saw a Korean woman on TV making kalbi using Coca-cola as the sweetener instead of sugar. Anyone else do that? Inquiring minds want to know.
Photo from BravoTV website