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SWISH BY HAN

38 Wellington Street East
TorontoON
M5E 1C9

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    Gateway Drug

    After spending nearly a year in Korea I have a pretty solid understanding of their cuisine. I get it, for the most part, and I like it. But I have to admit that it's not the most accessible foreign cuisine. In fact, Korean food generally lags behind Japanese, Chinese, Thai and even Vietnamese style food in popularity.

    I've got a theory for this that I'll share. Korea's spicy, simple peasant-food style grub hasn't been package correctly. This is not a matter of quality but of marketing. Chinese and Japanese foods have been neatly packaged and slightly tweaked for the western palate. If you didn't know already, chicken balls with sweet and sour "red" sauce are pretty hard to find in China proper. This bastardization has yet to touch Korean food.

    Now, perhaps this is a good thing. After all, I do spend a lot of time hunting down "authentic" Viet food and "real deal" Chinese. But at the same time, the average person has a...

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