11. The Pork Chronicles
As opposed to the lean-is-better preference in America, Koreans love their pork full of fat and, incidentally, full of flavor. On this episode, Marja, her dear friend, the actress Heather Graham, and an expert food blogger named Daniel eat classic pork barbeque at Heukdonga restaurant in Seoul made with Jeju’s famous black pigs. They also stop by Songgane Gamjatang, where Seoul’s taxi drivers convene for pork bone soup and the grand pork dish known as bo ssam. At home in New York, Marja makes her own version of the cabbies’ favorites and Jean-Georges makes a delicious, fast stir-fry of sliced pork and colorful vegetables and improvises a simple, tasty barbeque sauce that paints ribs, chops and even pork feet. Marja and Heather conclude the episode with a visit to a Buddhist temple, the perfect balance to all that pig.