The Hallyu wave has not only made us swoon for K-pop stars and go gaga for K-drama, it also made us crave Korean cuisine and all the other good eats we see onscreen.
K-dramas, in particular, have brought vivid images of dining (and drinking!) in Korea, from restos, cafés and roadside joints to street food and homemade meals. Our eyes feasted on food-centric shows like “Coffee Prince,” “Golden Pocket,” “Pasta” and “King of Baking: Kim Tak Goo.”
But it doesn’t end there, because nearly all genres— which you can binge-watch through the Viu streaming app—would have at least one food porn scene, or, at the very least, people eating with gusto, as in the titular character in the recent hit “Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo.”
A huge fan of K-dramas, Janina Raella “Ninay” Zamora, who owns Arc & Vine Café in Makati (Facebook Arc & Vine Cafe, Instagram @arcandvine) and is a Center for Culinary Arts alumna, shares her modified recipe for bibimbap. It’s a Korean dish of rice, egg, sautéed veggies and meat—comfort food that’s heavy in sustenance and flavor, a perfect match for your Viu-wing experience.
Single-Serve Baconized Bibimbap
1 c steamed rice
2 strips bacon (or more), precooked in toaster for 5 minutes and chopped into big chunks
Cooking oil as needed
1 clove garlic, minced
½ pc small carrot, julienned
A handful of spinach
¼ c bean sprouts
2 pc leeks, julienned (cut 2 inches from root)
1 large egg
Vinegared red chilli sauce (gochujang), pictured in red flip-cap bottle that’s available in Korean marts
1 tbsp sesame oil
Seaweed for garnish (available in resealable foil packs)
Sesame seeds for garnish (optional)
Watch K-dramas for free on the Viu app and website www.viu.com.