12. The Street Food Chronicles
Just like the entire continent of Asia, street food is hugely popular in Korea and many of the most beloved dishes in the country come from street carts and stands. On this episode, Marja and Jean-Georges eat street food all over the peninsula, including silkworm larvae, hoddeok, sweet pancakes filled with peanuts and sugar and Dragon’s Beard, a candy made of stretched honey and nuts. At home Marja makes her version of bindaddeok, her signature take on this simple pancake made of freshly ground mung beans shallow-fried until browned and super crisp. Jean-Georges does street food his way, incorporating Korean flavors into hot dogs with kimchi relish and lobster rolls, both of which are enjoyed by neighbor Hugh Jackman. He also prepares a knockout chicken sandwich and a few cocktails, including a Korean bloody mary made with kimchi. Covering Korean nightlife too, this episode also features Marja’s recipe for buddae jjigae, a killer soup that’s said to be the Vongerichten hangover cure.