Kimchi Chronicles

You may be interested in seeing the Food television show called Kimchi Chronicles. It is directed by Charles Pinsky, and American Public Television Broadcast was the distributor. The stars of the show are: Marja Vongerichten and Jean-Georges Vongerichten. The show is taped in the United States, so the chef speaks in English. The show only lasted one season and there are thirteen episodes in that season. The executive producers of the show are: Charles Pinsky, Eric Rhee, Diana Kang, Jung Sook Park, Sara Park, and Marja Vongerichten.

The producer of the show is Eric Rhee, and some of the show is filmed in Korea. If you want to learn about the Korean culture, you should watch the show. The show lasts about thirty minutes long, and it was first made public to the general public in May 2011. If you tune into the PBS show, you will watch as the hosts discover themselves and talk about the foods they make. Vongerichten is an American who was adopted in Korea, and so he enjoys exploring his homeland's culture and food. You get to see Marja's perspective throughout the show, and it is an insightful opinion.

The beginning of each episode shows Marja and her husband Jean-Gorges Vongerichten in Korea as they sample various Korean foods. When they return to the United States, they recreate the food in their American kitchen. If you decide to tune into the show, you will see a comprehensive review of different Korean shows.

Some of the biggest people on the show include but are limited to: Hugh Jackman, Heather Graham, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and Deborra-Lee Furness. The main host of the show is Jean-Georges; however, she gets regular visits from the actress Heather Graham. In addition to Graham, you will see Hugh Jackman and his wife on the show. The couple leaves upstairs from Jean-Goorges in New York City. You should definitely watch the show.

Frappe Productions
1 Season, 13 Episodes
November 7, 2011
Food, Travel
Cast: Marja Allen, Jean-Georges Vongerichten
Kimchi Chronicles

Kimchi Chronicles Full Episode Guide

  • The Kimchi Chronicles Conclude is all about special occasions. The episode begins in the ethereal countryside where Marja spends a day with the Alice Waters of Korea and learns the authentic way to make kimchi as well as holiday dishes to celebrate the new year. Marja and Jean-Georges also get a taste, literally, of royal court cuisine and Marja visits Sanchon Restaurant in Seoul for a transformative meal of temple cuisine. Marja joins her Korean family in Sokcho, the northern beach town, for a picnic and then brings the spirit home to New York for a roast pig celebration with the Vongerichten family. Marja also prepares easy Birthday Seaweed Soup and Jean-Georges uses Korean flavors in baeckeoffe, the classic Alsatian dish that he loved as a child.

  • Just like the entire continent of Asia, street food is hugely popular in Korea and many of the most beloved dishes in the country come from street carts and stands. On this episode, Marja and Jean-Georges eat street food all over the peninsula, including silkworm larvae, hoddeok, sweet pancakes filled with peanuts and sugar and Dragon's Beard, a candy made of stretched honey and nuts. At home Marja makes her version of bindaddeok, her signature take on this simple pancake made of freshly ground mung beans shallow-fried until browned and super crisp. Jean-Georges does street food his way, incorporating Korean flavors into hot dogs with kimchi relish and lobster rolls, both of which are enjoyed by neighbor Hugh Jackman. He also prepares a knockout chicken sandwich and a few cocktails, including a Korean bloody mary made with kimchi. Covering Korean nightlife too, this episode also features Marja's recipe for buddae jjigae, a killer soup that's said to be the Vongerichten hangover cure.

  • As opposed to the lean-is-better preference in America, Koreans love their pork full of fat and, incidentally, full of flavor. On this episode, Marja, her dear friend, the actress Heather Graham, and an expert food blogger named Daniel eat classic pork barbeque at Heukdonga restaurant in Seoul made with Jeju's famous black pigs. They also stop by Songgane Gamjatang, where Seoul's taxi drivers convene for pork bone soup and the grand pork dish known as bo ssam. At home in New York, Marja makes her own version of the cabbies' favorites and Jean-Georges makes a delicious, fast stir-fry of sliced pork and colorful vegetables and improvises a simple, tasty barbeque sauce that paints ribs, chops and even pork feet. Marja and Heather conclude the episode with a visit to a Buddhist temple, the perfect balance to all that pig.

  • Beginning in Andong, the spiritual capital of Korea, Marja participates in the area's festive masked dance ritual and learns about the local salted mackerel before getting into jjimtak, Andong's real knockout speciality. Along Chicken Alley, Marja and her adopted cousin April sample tons of the spicy stir-fry made with chicken, noodles and vegetables. Next Marja hits up Chuncheon for dakgalbi, their famous chicken dish flavored with gochujang, the red pepper paste that informs nearly every Korean dish. Samgyetang, a fortifying broth with an entire chicken stuffed with sticky rice and lots of garlic and ginger, proves to be real chicken soup for the Seoul. Finally, Marja gets busy with fried chicken, her favorite food of all time. At home in New York, Jean-Georges woos Marja with his version of sweet and sticky fried wings and barbequed chicken and Marja shows him her roots with her version of samgyetang.

  • The best of South Korea's capital city, The Seoul Food Chronicles cover everything from royal court cuisine to late-night drinks and snacks consumed exclusively in pop-up tents. An energetic episode chock full of exciting footage, Marja and Jean-Georges also share their finds for historic temples and palaces, striking fashion, and even take a spin in an amusement park. Seoul, located just 30 miles from the 38th Parallel that separates North and South Korea, is an innovative city that comes to life on screen. It's also home to Doorei, the Vongerichten's without-a-doubt vote for the best overall restaurant in Korea which inspires homemade savory pajeon pancakes and fork-tender braised short ribs.

  • A peninsula surrounded on three sides by water, Korea is just about heaven for fish lovers. Marja visits Sokcho, where most of her Korean family resides, to visit Dapeo port early in the morning to see the gigantic octopus come ashore and later eats a memorable meal of simply grilled shellfish in a seaside restaurant. In Busan, the world's 5th largest port city, Marja and her dear friend, the actress Heather Graham, eat a meal in the fish market, only rivaled by Jean-Georges's 3-course seafood breakfast inside of Noryangjin, Seoul's bustling fish market. In their home kitchen in New York, Marja and Jean-Georges grill shellfish with chili and butter, fry crispy, beer-battered fish and onion rings and grill whole sea bass flavored with Korean soybean paste and rice ale.

  • Tracing the history of beef, The Beef Chronicles tap into Korea's religious, political and economic evolutions. Marja and her friends, food experts Diana and Jennifer, enjoy bulgogi in Seoul and then Marja eats it again in Andong, the spiritual capital of Korea, at a restaurant that produces thousands of ceramic jars of deonjang, a soybean paste that flavors much of Korean cooking. Marja and her dear friend, the actress Heather Graham have beef for breakfast and at home in New York Jean-Georges tops an Australian steak with kimchi butter for his neighbor Hugh Jackman and also grills galbi, sliced short ribs. The episode ends in the air as Marja and Jean-Georges eat bibimbap with bulgogi inside of a Korean Air plane.

  • The variety of bean-based dishes in Korean cuisine is a testament to Korea's ingenuity and resourcefulness. On The Bean Chronicles, Marja travels to Chodang to see artisinal tofu get made the old-fashioned way with fresh soybeans and ocean water and then enjoys a four course tofu meal with fresh tofu, each preparation completely distinct and delicious enough to convince any tofu nay-sayer. Marja then learns about what goes into one of her favorite Korean foods, bindaddeok, a pancake made of freshly ground mung beans. At Yongsusan, in Seoul, the hands-down best North Korean restaurant, Jean-Georges is so inspired by the mung bean noodles in a dish called tangpyungchae that he makes a version at home in New York and also recreates a tofu-stuffed citrus dish inspired by Seoul's phenomenal Doorei restaurant. Marja contributes her bindaddeok recipe and makes a simple, flavorful spicy tofu stew.

  • Jean-Georges teams of with the Julia Child of Jeju Island-the Hawaii of Korea and a veritable garden of Eden. They shop for ingredients at the sprawling 5-Day Market and bring it all back to an authentic folk village where they cook over open fires and speak through the universal language of good food. Later Jean-Georges and Marja spend an afternoon in the green rolling hills of the Amore Pacific Tea Gardens with their daughter Chloe. Back at home, the Vongerichten family whips up a spicy kimchi jjigae soup and a hearty, healthy seaweed soup topped with crisp slices of pork belly.

  • An introduction to the basics of Korean cooking starting with, of course, kimchi. Jean-Georges and Marja are joined in the kitchen by their real-life neighbors, actors Hugh and Deb Jackman. Together they prepare two iconic Korean dishes-bibimbap and beef bulgogi and check out barbeque that can rival Texas. The Chronicles Begin will also take a look ahead at the remaining twelve episodes_4-18 of Kimchi Chronicles. Tune in to see if Wolverine can handle the heat of the Korean kitchen.

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