So says the James Beard Foundation:
Korean cuisine: If we may be so bold, we’d say it’s poised to be the new Thai. Saveur deemed kimchi a miracle food in its November issue; New York Times dining critic Sam Sifton reviewed Madangsui, a Korean barbecue joint, last week; and during appearances on the Today Show and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, David Chang held up bags of kochukaru (Korean chili paste) and bottles of usukuchi (Korean soy sauce) before millions of American viewers. Watch out, pad thai.
Of course, he's talking about America only. Regular Maangchi.com readers know that something weird is happening in the home kitchens in the Netherlands already!
It's a bold claim. But when you look at the examples they give in popular American culture, you have to admit something is happening here. And there are a ton of Koreans in the US, they just need to be mobilized into a zombie army to dominate the food scene.
On the other hand, they also say meatballs will be hot in 2010. These are easy predictions to make, and just a gamble really. Me? I think we are far from the cupcake backlash everyone is predicting. We still have a few years left in that one.
Also, bibimbab is on the rise.