Korean Food Expert Lily Min In Reggie's Kitchen


It’s no secret that Filipinos love all things Korean.  A quick glance around social media feeds will confirm that Korean culture – from K-Pop music, Korea-novelas (admittedly, one of my guilty pleasures), Korean skin care and makeup, and most especially, Korean food – has pervaded the tastes of Manila’s dining crowd.

Accordingly, our local restaurant scene has experienced a dynamic wave of Korean restaurants, ranging from traditional cuisine to table-grill barbeque establishments. Whether it be a big KBBQ restaurant chain in the middle of the metro, or a small family-owned eatery on a random side street, there is no lack of options when it comes to getting your Korean food fix.

More than likely, almost all of these restaurants will serve an all-time favorite menu item: Chimaek, which is Korean-style fried chicken best enjoyed with a cold beer.

In this video, Chef Lily Min – whom I always introduce as my best friend from Seoul – provides step-by-step guidance on how to make her delicious version of this timeless classic. Apart from being a kitchen virtuoso, Chef Lily also has a unique talent for making seemingly-complicated dishes easy. It is very fitting, therefore, that her book is entitled “Easy Korean Food 114”. It’s a treasure trove of culinary delight, and I highly recommend this on your kitchen shelves. If you want a copy, just send a message to +63920-9REGGIE (734443).

If you would like to make your own Chimaek, get the following ingredients ready: chicken thighs, cornstarch, flour, pineapple juice, onion juice, black pepper, salt, honey, soy sauce, garlic, sesame seeds, and of course, cooking oil. Once you have all of these in your counter, follow the video or the recipe over here and enjoy a dish that is truly 맛있는!