Chef Douglas Kim, owner of Jeju Noodle Bar in the West Village, presents ramyun, the Korean equivalent of Japanese ramen, demonstrating distinct Korean flavors and ingredients. Brian Goldberg, the owner of Mr. Bing, with locations in the East Village, Urbanspace, and Madison Square Park, serves Beijing-style jianbing, one of the most popular Chinese street foods. The two speakers share stories of promoting comfort foods perfectly suited to the taste buds of native Koreans and Chinese, while also appealing to customers in New York City and worldwide.
After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America, Chef Douglas Kim embarked on the Crystal Serenity cruise for a trip of a lifetime: 65 countries around the world. Since his return, he has accumulated more than a decade of experience in the restaurant scene: Gordon Ramsay, Nobu, Per Se, Bouley, Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare, Morimoto, and Zuma. Combining his experience with his Korean heritage to create his take on a traditionally instant dish in Korea, he opened a modern noodle restaurant called JeJu Noodle Bar in the West Village in 2017. Acclaimed by The New York Times as well as receiving many accolades from other culinary outlets such as Eater and GrubStreet, he hopes to continue to introduce more authentic Korean dishes with his own unique twist.