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The Quotable Hooni Kim

hoonikim.jpgHooni Kim, the chef and owner of Danji and Hanjan, blames the lack of chef-owned restaurants in Koreatown for keeping Korean cuisine from catching on as quickly as other Asian cuisines. "I don't know a single chef on 32nd street," he says in an interview with Restaurant Girl, "So because of that, I think people have viewed Korean food as just a cheap brand of Asian food, like how Thai has been sullied by bad Pad Thai." Kim may already be remedying that with his two acclaimed restaurants, but apparently what he's really dreaming of is a "Korean version of Eataly." [Restaurant Girl]

Danji

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Hanjan

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