Chopstick Cinema

Celeste Heiter's Adventures in Asian Food & Film

Designing the Menu

For my Korean dinner, I want to go strictly mainstream traditional. Given that this will be the first time I've ever cooked a Korean meal in my own kitchen (although I've had cook-it-yourself Korean barbeque in a Korean restaurant), I definitely want to stick to the basics and don't want to foray into any Pan-Pacific fusion-type cuisine on my first try. No doubt, one of our confident and creative Napa Valley chefs could get away with ad libbing on all the Korean flavors, but I'm sticking with old-school recipes.

So, with that in mind, for my 301/302 Dinner & a Movie menu, I'm thinking: a light appetizer, a classic soup, a mixed green vegetable salad, traditional Korean barbeque (maybe even cooked at the table on an electric grill), and a fresh fruit dessert.