Preview Ep. 5, Banchan: Korean Food Beyond BBQ | Link TV
Preview Ep. 5, Banchan: Korean Food Beyond BBQ
While Korean BBQ may get all the attention, restaurant owner Yong Won Jun says that there’s so much more to his culture’s cuisine. For 22 years, loyal diners have been flocking to the beloved Jun Won in Koreatown for a taste of their specialty: braised marinated black cod, with flavorful juices soaking into the daikon radish slices it sits upon. Unifying the fish is the restaurant’s sought-after spread of seasonal banchan (traditional Korean side dishes) that accompany it.
In this episode, the Jun family describes their highs and lows of immigrating to a new country, the resilience of their people, and the sacrifices they’ve had to make in order to survive. In the midst of success, the family has been faced with another challenge as a real estate deal is now forcing them out of the restaurant they’ve called home since 1994. But even in the darkest of times, their strength gives them hope and the will to start over again.
Inspired by the Mayan traditions of his youth, Jorge Dugal re-interprets his grandmother’s recipe for chirmol, a fire-roasted tomato and chili based salsa, that finds a modern home at one of Los Angeles’s most revered restaurants, Providence.
The rising Filipino food movement in Los Angeles is rooted in a new generation of young and talented chefs, who each share a story about going against the grain, preserving their culture, and honoring Filipino traditions with their food.
In sharing their stories, Celestino Lopez, owner of Chiles Secos, and Enrique Peralta, a L.A. street vendor, reveal a common element of immigrant experiences, the ongoing struggle to make it in the land of opportunity.
For Chefs Debbie Michail and Wafa Ghreir, food is a way to link back to their Middle-Eastern culture. To have the opportunity to enjoy their meals is to gain an understanding of Middle-Eastern traditions.
Season 1 Broadcast Special
Los Angeles’ booming food scene is being shaped by a new generation of chefs. Visit almost any kitchen in Los Angeles and it is likely you will find a migrant chef combining ethnic cuisines with new flavors and techniques. And often within the food, is a story of their migration.
“The politics of migration, the labor economy, all that drama plays out in the restaurants that we go to,” says journalist and author Rubén Martínez