Re: The Kimchi Chronicles

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Last Sunday I watched the third ep of The Kimchi Chronicles, this one spotlighted green tea grown on Jeju Island. I always thought Boseong was known for green tea, but apparently the Jeju variety gets a nice flavor from the salty ocean air.

This was news to me, so already I’m learning something new about Korea from this ep, a good sign.

The first part of the show follows Marja and Jean-Georges Vongerichten as they learn about tea in Jeju, which is followed up in their home in the US where they use the ingredient to create their own interpretations of a Korean dish.

This episode maintained the easygoing, gentle timbre of the first, the entire affair coming across as quite soothing. In fact, as Jean-George prepares his dish, Marja slips out for a facial and massage in what appears to be the “massage room” in her house. No doubt, watching someone get a massage makes for relaxing TV, but I couldn’t help but feel that the segment was a bit ostentatious to the point of being otherworldly. Famous chef in kitchen working with an expensive ingredient; masseuse giving rubdown. All is well in the world.

Having said that, Jean-Georges’ end result, abalone with green tea, looked pretty awesome. The recipe, and all the others in the show, will apparently be posted at http://www.kimchichronicles.tv/, which isn’t finished yet. And there will be a book, too.

All in all this show is off to a great start: it’s beautifully shot, good natured, and the recipes look innovative and delicious. I’m definitely going to tune into more episodes, even though the 4pm Sunday air time is hardly a prime TV viewing hour for me.

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