Taste of London round up feat K Town pop up by Gizzi Erkskine, Manomasa tortilla chips and Pot&Co desserts

We were lucky enough to win tickets to the K-Town pop up by Gizzi Erskine. If, like us, you’re not that familiar with Korean food this was a great introduction to the exciting things happening in the Seoul food scene. Gizzi of course had put her own special twist on things!

 

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On arrival and during the event, we were served a selection of drinks and cocktails including mango and pomegranate juices, Korean beer, Soju (potato spirit liqueur) cocktail [which Jason tried a few combinations with different juices at the suggestion of our waiter], or the infamous “Somek” (soju and beer mixer – which we gave a miss).

Gizzi introduced Joe McPherson, President of Zenkimchi International that organises Food Tours in South Korea, who had helped her source some of the products needed for her dishes via Korea Foods. Gizzi mentioned she also used Turner & George and The Ice Cream Union for supplying the other products within her menu.

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Hot Splash Sashimi with Ponzu and Korean Pepper

The dressing features ponzu a citrus based sauce that is poured onto the fish warm so that all the flavour infuses into the raw fish. Pretty as a picture this was a delicate start to a meal that was about to get very messy indeed!

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LA Style Korea Town Crispy Tuna Rice

Based on spicy tuna rolls with gojuchang, which is a pungent fermented Korean condiment made from red chili, glutinous rice, fermented soybeans and salt, the crispy rice formed a nice contrast to the spicy topping.

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Yukhoe

This is where things started to get messy! Yukhoe is pulled pork which you roll up with kimchee (fermented cabbage with a variety of seasonings that had been pureed to make it easier to spread) in a lettuce leaf and then shovel it into your mouth quickly before bits start to drop everywhere. Ridiculously good, we stopped talking at this point so we could put our mouths to the better use of scooping tender pork into them.

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Korean Fried Chicken – Gizzi’s Signature dish and favourite food!

Just look at the glossy pile of sticky chicken! And believe me it tasted every bit as good as it looked. The chicken had been marinated for 24 hours then confited and then fired so the meat was succulent and tender with a crisp coating. Then it got smothered in tangy suace and covered with sesame seeds. Definitely a five napkin job!

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Hotdog Fried Rice

This was Gizzi’s playful take on Bibimbap, a traditional bowl of rice with raw toppings served in a steaming hot stone bowl. The ingredients are then mixed at the table and the heat of the bowl cooks the toppings. This one featured hotdogs with egg, so it was like a Korean version of the full English. Would definitely see you right after a heavy night on the tiles.

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Hottek with miso ice cream

We were super stuffed at this point so I wasn’t really in a position to appreciate dessert.  The pancake had lovely cinnamon notes. But I found this a bit too salty for my liking.

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And a couple of discoveries from wandering around the festival:

 

Manomasa tortilla chips

I love the unusual flavours of these chips, such as manchego and green olive. They also have only natural ingredients, no orange MSG dusted triangles here! My favourite so far is the tomatillo salsa one, a lovely balance of heat, sweet and spice.

Thank you to Lynn for letting us try so many flavours.

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http://www.manomasa.co.uk/

 

Pots&Co

These are artisanal desserts, perfect for when you want something a bit different as a treat. Again what I loved about this was the unusual flavours, especially the passionfruit and blood orange cheesecake. So dramatic and the flavours really shine through. They also come in beautifully coloured ceramic pots so you can dish them up at a dinner party and pass them off as homemade!

The Pots & Co website & their pics (as I forgot to take photos – too busy enjoying eating them!) of their amazing products:

http://www.potsandco.com/

 

Twitter: @GizziErskine @ZenKimchi @Koreafoods @icecreamunion @TurnerandGeorge @Manomasa_ @potsandco @TasteofLondon #OpenTableVIP #Share

 

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About goantolondon

International food and travel blog by London based British Goan duo: Jason and Chiara Pinto. Twitter: @goantolondon @jasonpinto100 @chiarapinto About Goa: Goa is a small state on the western coast of India. Though the smallest Indian state, Goa has played an influential role in Indian history. Goa was one of the major trade centers in India, thus it had always been attracting the influential dynasties, seafarers, merchants, traders, monks and missionaries since its earliest known history. Throughout its history Goa has undergone continual transformation, leaving an indelible impression on various aspects of its cultural and socio-economic development. History of Goa: The East-West symbiosis of Goa makes it different from other parts of India, more than the historical and social niche. The history of Goa is a sweet and sour story of colonial heritage, oppressive rulers, a glorious culture, and uneventful immediate past. As a land with the identity of its own, Goa was brought into focus when it was liberated of Portugal from its oppressive rule of around 450 hundred years in 1961. Goa was captured and annexed to the Portuguese in 1510 following the urges of trade and demand of spices and also cottons and indigo. But, Goa has a history that starts much before Portugal even thought of Goa being where it is. Goa was coveted and ruled by a great number of Indian kingdoms and dynasties from the 4th century onwards. The first kingdom to rule Goa and Konkan were Bhojas, who were the feudatories of Ashoka in 4th and 5th centuries AD. The city of Chandrapur (present Chandor) was founded by Prince Chandraditya, son of Chalukya King Pulakesin from 566 to 597 A.D. after this, Goa was ruled consecutively by Silahara Dynasty, Kadamba Danasty, and finally Hoysalas from 1022 to 1342 A.D. From the 14th century onwards, Goa became a great trading center on the west coast, especially in the vast trade of horses imported from the Middle East. This was the time for bigger empires to move in and Vijayanagar Empire conquered it in 1344. But there empire was not going to last too long and in 1347, Bahmani Sultans defeated Vijayanagara forces in 1347 and controlled Goa. Afterwards, it was a time of great prosperity and peace for Gpa, especially during the rules of Yusuf Adil Shah and Ismail Adil Shah. They created beautiful houses, fortified Goa, and encouraged local craftsmen. Their liberal and progressive rule was not going to last too long and situation changed in 1510 A.D. Goa for all purposes was not on the Portuguese Radar even after a long time of their presence in India. When the Portuguese nobleman Alfonso de Albuquerque and his cousin Francisco de Albuquerque were sent with a powerful fleet in 1503 on the orders of King Dom Manuel I, the purpose was to defend the cargoes of spices, mostly pepper, against Arab Muslim raiders. The center of spice trade was Calicut at that time and Portuguese had built forts in Cochin and Cannanore. It was in 1506-08 that an opportunistic pirate, Timoja, persuaded Albuquerque to attack Goa and acquire a better land base. This made Goa, Portugal's first real territorial acquisition in Asia. After a brief period of recapturing by the Muslims, Goa Albuquerque finally captured Goa in 1510. The inquisition of Goa in 1540 reversed the previous liberal policy of Albuquerque and imposed strict censorship of literature and new laws to forbade non-Christians from professions. Forced conversions took place continuously, censorship was established on literature, the temples were destroyed, and non-Christian priests, holy men, and teachers were evicted. This led to continuous fleeing of Hindus from Goa to other parts of India. It is not that the relationship with Portugal brought only destruction for the Goans. Portuguese also built great churches like the church of St. Cajetan and Bom Jesus basilica in Old Goa, which is a pilgrimage site for the Christians from around the world. But it is also true that pre-1961; Goa was a highly impoverished region very backward and primitive. It is after the liberation that Goa of today has emerged and it has surprised even the locals many of whom had left their homeland before its liberation. Portugal and India are today friends and Goa continues to be a fascinating blend of Latin and Oriental. Information sourced from: http://www.royalorienttrain.com/goa/goa-history.html
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