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Old 06-25-2015, 04:32 PM
 
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This article is reporting that the interest for South Korean cuisine is growing in London, I have no knowledge about South Korean food, but they appear to be similar to Chinese and Japanese, do you think that South Korean foods can compete or even get the "market share" of Japanese/Chinese cuisine as the most popular Asian cuisine in the western world?

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Old 06-25-2015, 04:53 PM
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I gave Korean cuisine a try in 2010. I liked it, and I got hooked. I hope it stays the way it is and doesn't get Americanized.
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Old 06-25-2015, 08:07 PM
 
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In New York, Korean food is everywhere. It's getting Americanized as well, with many foodtrucks serving Bulgogi tacos, kimchi bowls and what not. My white co-workers once in a while ask me to take them to Koreatown because they crave soondoobu, a spicy tofu stew, not very well known to Americans a decade ago.

It's not just Korean food that is taking over the city, Korean bakery chains such as Paris Baguette (I know, the irony) and Cafe Bene are popping up everywhere around the island of Manhattan.
Korean fried chicken chain Bonchon is literally in every neighborhood.

So while there is a "core" of authentic Korean food in Korea town and Flushing, many restaurants offer their version of a Korean dish or drink. Last summer when I was in Miami I saw Kimchi bloody marys on many cocktail menus... and it surprisingly tasted great.

So it seems at least in America Korean food is a thing, so it might catch on globally. Heard the same thing happened to sushi in the 80's.
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Old 06-26-2015, 01:40 AM
 
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This article is reporting that the interest for South Korean cuisine is growing in London, I have no knowledge about South Korean food, but they appear to be similar to Chinese and Japanese, do you think that South Korean foods can compete or even get the "market share" of Japanese/Chinese cuisine as the most popular Asian cuisine in the western world?

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Korean food finds global appetite - BBC News
Seeing as I'm in London today, I'll have to have a look. In the U.S. in northern NJ and Queens, NY, you could always get Korean food in the Koreatowns. Let's see if it catches on. Somehow I don't think so. Korean culture seems to have issues being more than just a fad.
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Old 06-26-2015, 04:01 AM
 
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I have eaten at Korean restaurants in Southern China owned by Northeast Chinese, there are ethnic Koreans living in Manchuria for a few generations, Korean cuisine has long been popular there. So those restaurants was not South Korean cuisine. I have also eaten at restaurants in China and elsewhere owned by South Koreans.

One big difference is Korean cuisine has Kimchi and Banchans, small dishes of vegetables, while Japanese and Chinese do not have.

It can compete because there are far more ethnic Koreans in North America and Australia than ethnic Japanese.
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Old 06-26-2015, 06:31 AM
 
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Korean is certainly becoming far more popular in Australia, I am married to a Korean, so have been shopping at Korean Supermarkets and eating at the Korean Restaurants in Brisbane for the best part of a decade. You certainly notice the increase in the number of non Asian people sitting down and eating and going to the supermarkets.

It has a looooong way to go to get to the level of Chinese, Japanese and Thai however.
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Old 06-26-2015, 06:36 AM
 
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I had no knowledge of Korean food before going to work at Samsung Engineering in Seoul. The Korean food as well as their interpretation of many other foods is outstanding. I now consider Thai and Korean the best Asian foods.
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Old 06-26-2015, 07:13 AM
 
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Korean is certainly becoming far more popular in Australia, I am married to a Korean, so have been shopping at Korean Supermarkets and eating at the Korean Restaurants in Brisbane for the best part of a decade. You certainly notice the increase in the number of non Asian people sitting down and eating and going to the supermarkets.

It has a looooong way to go to get to the level of Chinese, Japanese and Thai however.
Agree. Korea food still largely lacks in varieties. After you eat for a few times, it appears to be the same options all the time. I'd say there are about 20 varieties (among which you can choose beef, chicken or pork) and that is it.
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Old 06-26-2015, 07:14 AM
 
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This article is reporting that the interest for South Korean cuisine is growing in London, I have no knowledge about South Korean food, but they appear to be similar to Chinese and Japanese, do you think that South Korean foods can compete or even get the "market share" of Japanese/Chinese cuisine as the most popular Asian cuisine in the western world?

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Korean food finds global appetite - BBC News
"appear to the similar to Chinese and Japanese"?
No, they are very different.
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Old 06-26-2015, 07:28 AM
 
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Agree. Korea food still largely lacks in varieties. After you eat for a few times, it appears to be the same options all the time. I'd say there are about 20 varieties (among which you can choose beef, chicken or pork) and that is it.
Now that is something I can very much relate too, we are off to Seoul to visit the mother in law in 3 weeks She is a great cook, but after about 3 days of eating practically the same thing for breakfast lunch and dinner you do get sick of it.
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