I love Korean food! Fortunately, living in a cosmopolitan muticultural city like San Francisco, I have access to a great variety of it. However, during my recent visit to Seoul, a friend of mine took me to a restaurant called Rhang, and it opened my eyes … and my taste buds to a whole new genre of Korean cuisine, which most of us living outside of South Korea are rarely exposed to.
“New Korean” or “Nouvelle Korean” is a transformation of traditional Korean dishes into a sleeker, highly innovative versions. By all means, it is not taking a fusion approach, but rather a more artistic and refine approach to updating Korean food by mixing elements of other culinary traditions.
I’ve eaten in restaurants where the presentation of dishes gets more attention than the flavor, but this was not the case at Rhang. The food was very well prepared with freshest ingredients, and every course was prepared with exquisite attention to detail.
The slogan on Rhang’s business card reads “Food Art Dining”, and that’s exactly what the whole experience was, as all the dishes were beautifully presented and tasted like culinary work of art.