2019.10.2 Travel Calendar
Soigne, Seocho District
Chef Jun Lee of Soigne in Seoul is hosting Chef Junghyun Park of Atomix and Chef Woo-Joong Kwon of Kwon Sook Soo for an exclusive dinner this evening, following a sold-out six-hands dinner at Atomix in New York on Sept. 2 and 3. The two events are the first time the three chefs - all alumni of Korea’s Kyunghee University - have collaborated.
Chef Lee says, “I’m excited to be bringing together Chef Kwon and Chef Park all the way from the United States, for this six-hands dinner at Soigne. The innovation and creativity coming from the kitchens of Korean chefs at the moment is really world-class.”
The six-hands dinner in Seoul represents a rare opportunity for local foodies to experience dishes from three leading names in Korean fine dining.
Kwon Sook Soo is a two-Michelin-star restaurant that offers modern interpretations of Korea’s traditional “single table dining” culture. One-Michelin-star Atomix’s innovative Korean cuisine has been making waves in New York’s dining scene, and its interior received the 2019 James Beard award for Outstanding Restaurant Design. Both Atomix and Soigne were designed by Studiowriters; a Korean design agency led by fellow Kyunghee University alumni, Younglae Kim.
Chef Lee of Soigne graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in 2010, before beginning his solo cooking career in 2011 as the first Korean chef to operate only pop-up restaurants. He opened Soigne in 2015, to much critical acclaim, and was awarded a Michelin Star in the guide’s first Seoul edition in 2017.
Chef Lee also runs Doughroom, an authentic Italian restaurant in southern Seoul, and Dear.Wild, a table-side service European eatery at the Plaza Hotel in central Seoul.
For more information, visit www.soignerestaurantgroup.com
Andong International Mask Dance Festival
Andong and Hahoe Village, North Gyeongsang
Through Oct. 6
For centuries, the mask dance was used to indirectly criticize the yangban class, or the ruling elite of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), by the common people.
Direct criticism of the yangban was strictly forbidden at the time, so people satirized the yangban from behind masks, developing the craft into various forms of mask dance with regional variations.
Visitors to Hahoe Village, one of two Korean villages recently added to Unesco’s World Heritage List, can see the village’s Confucian cultural characteristics.
For more information, call (054) 841-6397~8 or visit the website at www.maskdance.com
Baekje Cultural Festival
Buyeo, Gongju and Nonsan, South Chungcheong
Through Oct. 6
This festival, one of the oldest cultural festivals in the country, highlights the golden days of the Baekje Kingdom (18 B.C. - A.D. 660), an ancient Korean kingdom located in the southwestern part of the Korean Peninsula. Baekje was one of the Three Kingdoms of Korea, together with Goguryeo and Silla. This year’s festival will feature nearly 100 events, including parades, a memorial ceremony for the four great kings of Baekje, folk games, exhibitions and traditional Korean music and mask dance performances.
For more information, visit the festival’s website at www.baekje.org or call (041) 635-6980.
The China Guardian Hong Kong Autumn Auctions 2019
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center
The China Guardian Hong Kong Autumn Auctions 2019 will present remarkable artwork and collectibles from around the world, including Chinese paintings and calligraphy, Asian 20th century and contemporary art, ceramics and works of art, classical Chinese furniture as well as jewelry, watches and luxury goods. More than 1,800 lots will be offered with a total estimate of approximately 780 million Hong Kong dollars ($100 million). Selected highlights will be publicly exhibited in Hong Kong and Beijing ahead of the auctions.
Hu Yanyan, president of China Guardian (HK) Auctions, said, “China Guardian Hong Kong Autumn Auctions this year will take place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre [HKCEC] in October. Every autumn, the spacious exhibition hall at the HKCEC offers us enormous freedom and possibilities in the display of the works. It also enables us to accommodate much more than in our spring sales in terms of both quality and quantity. We are thrilled to announce a stellar line-up for the upcoming sales: White Cloud Studio, a six-meter scroll created by Zhang Daqian in 1947 and gifted to fellow painter Huang Junbi; Qing dynasty painter Jin Nong’s Album of Landscapes and Figures, a masterpiece of poetry and calligraphy as well as painting that was praised by Wu Hufan as ‘a godly creation’; Yoshitomo Nara’s classic work Midnight Vampire; 24.01.73 painted by Zao Wou-ki at the turning point of his life; and Li Chen’s 248-centimeter-tall [98-inch-tall] sculpture Dragon-Riding Buddha.”
Stories of the Sea - The Second Chapter
The latest evolution of The St. Regis Macao, Cotai Central’s ocean-inspired dining experiences has arrived at The Manor with Stories of the Sea - The Second Chapter offering diners an exquisite six-course set dinner menu featuring a selection of new dishes and a range of enhancements to the awe-inspiring menu.
Building on the success of the first iteration of the Stories of the Sea menu, the team of culinary artisans at The Manor, led by Chef David King, culinary director, has refined the menu even further to showcase a new range of the finest ingredients from the sea, including Sicilian red prawns and bluefin tuna from Spain.
The signature dish of the Stories of the Sea: The Second Chapter menu is the Balfego bluefin tuna from Spain, with its distinctive full flavor and firm texture. Served lightly marinated with balsamic vinegar, and served with kale, the tuna is then finished off with Sichuan pepper oil to draw out its inherent richness.
Among the other dishes that form part of the six-course dining experience is the Hokkaido sea urchin with ocean trout roe, the Sicilian red prawn with green apple puree, sunflower honey and avocado oil, Spanish octopus served Char Siu-style. The much adored “Glacier 51” toothfish is now offered with a delicate Parmesan risoni and chamomile foam.
The journey is capped off with an element of theatre for dessert with a multi-layered Valrhona Chocolate sphere that is ignited with Japanese whiskey at the table.
The Stories of the Sea menu is available with an enhanced paired wine and cocktail package featuring premium wines from America, Portugal and Italy, selected specifically to highlight the freshness of the sea ingredients and enhance the flavour experience.
The Stories of the Sea - The Second Chapter set dinner menu is available daily from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. and prices start from 788 patacas ($97.50) per person, or 1,188 patacas per person with the paired wine package. Price is subject to a 10 percent service charge.
For more information, visit www.themanormacao.com
* Most of the travel calendar information is culled from the Yonhap News Agency and written by Korea JoongAng Daily.