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Korean Food Tasting Menu with Gizzy Eskrine


I was lucky enough to sit down to a six course tasting menu with the lovely Gizzy Eskrine (British Chef and TV personality) at the worlds most revered food festival - Taste London. There were 12 of us lucky punters who were treated to a six course menu of Korean style food. On hand throughout the meal was Joe McPherson (pictured), a Korean food writer and expert based in Seoul. He had a tonne of information on everything food, and an all-round great chap and he also did a great blog on London taste so be sure to check out his twitter at the bottom of this post.

We were presented dishes from Gizzy who explained each one and also gave tips on how they were prepared, I really like this. The fact she granted us capable of cooking these wonderful dishes ourselves was, kinda flattering. Aww go on then, maybe I could cook up the Korean Chicken and the sashimi. Gawsh they were good! Wait, and the tuna sushi. Yes, I could make this, gulp, I hope.. On with the food below!
Hot Splash Sashimi
Fresh sea bass in yuzu (alt. use lemon juice) with a hot splash of sesame oil, soy sauce and aromatics.
LA Style Crispy Rice Sushi - Tuna 
This crispy rice styled sushi is something you don't see everyday and as something Gizzy discovered from her travels state-side. I like it, it gives a lovely crunch to the rice giving great texture.
Korean Chicken 
This was a fabulous comfort dish. I very rarely eat battered chicken but this one time I made an exception - I almost gave up my religious beliefs. It was spicy, sweet, slightly sour with a batter coating so delectable the chicken meat, tender and moist. If you could package this up and serve hot to the masses it would be a hit. I found all these Korean dishes are much spicier than your usual oriental eats - I love it! The batter consists of three different types of flour to give body, crispy texture and the sauce? it's too good for the diet conscious.
Hot Dog
Rice and dogs, this reminded me a little of bubble and squeek. All cooked in a piping hot cast iron bowl.
Pork Kimchi lettuce wrap - New York style
This was a lovely light style wrap, similar to duck pancakes. Pulled pork with blended kimchi & spring onion, lettuce and spicy sauce. The kimchi done in this style (blended) had so much more flavour. 
Miso Ice Cream, warm muffin and butter scotch sauce, I really like this one. 
I really felt lucky to have scored this sitting, while the punters sauntered around for hours in the London heat, looking for that illusive tasting plate, there were some real beauties. We had it all presented to us, with complimentary Korean beer and cocktails. What a way to spend the day. :) 

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