Fresh picked baby carrots from the garden
I guess I can't stop talking about this farm-to-table spot a little ways from Seoul. Bean Table. It's time for a revisit.Need to keep sharing the love...
I had an opportunity to stage for Bean Table my last month in Korea before taking off to the states. Good friend and chef Wonil Lee welcomed me as part of his staff, after some serious convincing. Let's just say, this restaurant is on the top of my list for folks visiting Seoul!
The real deal...
*Authentic Korean flavors + modern presentation.
*Non-GMO soybeans (for those who care about this like me).
*Homemade tofu made with natural sea salt coagulants (this part could get pretty technical if you break it down).
*Fresh and organic produce.
*No MSG or preservatives.
I had a real difficult time finding Korean restaurants in Korea that didn't use preservatives. Dining at Bean Table to me is like eating in my moms kitchen-you can feel and taste the love with each dish. Every bite is well balanced, and the variations of the banchan (side dishes) are seriously endless...
Bulgogi, tofu, washed kimchi topped with truffle oil, finished with black sesame & garlic paste.
Are you convinced yet???
Aside from working 12 hour days at Bean Table, Lee and I would dive into 'Chimek' (chicken and beer) after our shift...or drink bottles of makgeolli...throw in a makgeolli class...then get acupuncture...then drink some more makgeolli. Ok, not all of this in one day, but as you can see the common thread here is 'drinking and eating' haha. Ahh, the good ol' days...
The boys...acting silly as always! (Lee, Darren, Kevin).
Process of making tofu...from scratch. This is some serious stuff!
Erik, Tiffany and I posing with bundles of baby carrots during the Semipermanent filming.
The goodies from the garden.
The fun and amazing Bean Table staff!
*The restaurant sign and menu is only in Korean. However, Lee will help you navigate through the menu (as he's fluent in English). You can also call the restaurant and speak to Lee if you get in a cab, so that he can give specific directions to the driver.
*Menu price: course starts at 18,000 won/person.
Bean Table 두둑한상
Gyeonggi-do Sungnam-shi, Soojung-gu Geumto-dong 87-2 (경기도 성남시 수정구 금토동 87-2)
Subway directions: Yangjae station line 3, exit 11. Then take a cab (10 minutes).
Unfortunately the best way is to take a cab from Yangjae station because it's tucked away in a secluded area.