Other than Korea itself, which has the ability to adapt and morph its cuisine on its own terms, New York City is the hotbed of a modern approach to Korean cooking. In this episode of K-Town, host Matthew Kang meets chef and restaurateur Esther Choi at her newest spot, Ms. Yoo. Choi is quickly becoming a well-known face of Korean cooking in New York thanks to Mokbar — her duo of Korean ramyun shops — and this swanky Lower East Side newcomer named after her grandmother.
Kang joins Choi in the kitchen to prepare her take on whole Korean fried chicken, a play on a dish Choi’s grandmother used to make everything Thanksgiving. It’s the first time Kang has had the chance to help prepare and understand a modern Korean dish. The result: a beautifully browned chicken stuffed with glutinous rice that’s spicy and perfectly tender. It makes for an impressive meal.