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2016.11.07[Korea JoongAng Daily]Michelin gives stars to 24 restaurants…

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he two best restaurants in Korea are Gaon and La Yeon in Seoul, according to a new guide to Korea published by Michelin, its first for the country.

The Michelin Guide by the French tire company gave stars to 24 restaurants. Only two got the highest honor of three stars. Both serve Korean food with a modern form of plating inspired by Western fine dining restaurants.

Korean restaurants accounted for 11 out of the 24 that got stars. No Korean street food was honored, despite the fact that Michelin awarded one star to street vendors in Singapore in July.

“Seoul has emerged as a most exciting and dynamic dining destination,” said Michael Ellis, international director for the Michelin Guides.

“The quality and diversity of the amazing cuisine here delighted our inspectors and [we] discovered many exceptional restaurants, and I’m thrilled to tell you how unique the food in Seoul is.”

La Yeon at the Shilla Seoul hotel in Jangchung-dong, central Seoul, and Gaon in Sinsa-dong, southern Seoul, according to Ellis, really proved the “sign of the quality.”

“They are what we look for in three-star restaurants,” he said, singling out abalone dishes at both restaurants that were “cooked perfectly” with unique sauces and garnishes. “At those restaurants, chefs are artists expressing their art [by] taking ingredients and make them sublime, and they deliver memorable experience and give some emotions when you are eating.”

The starred restaurant list included Keunkiwajip in Samcheong-dong, central Seoul, known for gejang, raw crabs marinated in soy sauce. Gejang has been spotlighted in the media as one of the most exotic dishes in Korea. It was awarded one star.

“The arrival of the Michelin Guide will generate a considerable amount of tourists coming in and discovering Korean cuisine beyond Korean barbecue, bibimbap, and kimchi, three things people know as Korean food,” said Ellis. “They [can] discover just how varied, how rich, and how completely unique food is in Korea.”