Here is my mini interview with a blogger David Lebovitz and photos of Korean dishes that he made!
1. What is your name and where do you live?
David Lebovitz, and I live in Paris. Before I moved to France, I lived in San Francisco for twenty years.
2. What do you do ?
I was a pastry chef and professional baker for many years, but now I write cookbooks and have a food blog, like you!
3. How often do you cook Korean food following my recipes?
Since I do a lot of baking, it’s nice to have spicy and garlicy food for dinner. So I always keep a batch of kimchi in my refrigerator…or on my roof, in the winter. It’s great, since I can make a quick meal of kimchi fried rice or bibimbap with some fresh tofu, grilled chicken or pork, some seaweed, shredded vegetables, and a fried farm egg on top. To me, that’s the perfect meal after a day of baking.
bibimbap: He used lots of mushrooms! yummy!
4. What are your favorite Korean dishes? Choose 3, please!
I love pickled cucumber banchan (oijangajji) the most, although I’ve not seen the Kirby cucumbers that you use in Paris. Korean food is just becoming better known here, and although we have a few Korean markets, some of the ingredients are hard to find. But that’s part of the fun. I enjoy discovering new places and Asian markets.
Pan-fried tofu (dubu ganjang jorim) is another quick favorite dish; I found a place that makes their own tofu in Paris, which was one of those wonderful discoveries. And the sweet and crispy chicken (dakgangjeong) wings are terrific.
Pan-fried tofu in soy sauce
( buckwheat noodles and greens !)
5. What’s your best Korean dish, the one that everybody compliments you on when you make?
Everyone loved the sweet and crispy chicken wings. Good wings cross all borders and cultures; Korean, American, and French. Who can resist caramelized, spiced chicken wings? If you want to see normally-reserved Parisians pick up their food with their fingers…and lick them afterward…this is the dish!