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kimchi chronicles - new PBS series

Jean-Georges Vongerichten's wife is hosting a new PBS documentary series featuring Korean cuisine. I'm so excited but don't know when/if it's going to air in Canada...anybody know??

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  1. WNED isn't listing it so far, though the station is pretty strapped now for program funding. The show's been a long time coming. A preview here:


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      1. re: Kagemusha

        i live 10 miles north of Seattle, Wa. Huge Asian/Korean population here. i called KCTS and was told the show is not planned to air. Too expensive to chance a poor showing. FYI, i was told that PBS charges local stations for shows based on need. thus, the larger the viewership, the more a local station will have to pay, giving smaller stations a chance to acquire desirable programming. that is why Spain did not air in the market until several months later, and then, at 11 pm. hmm.

        1. re: ritabwh

          Oh yea,this looks like a very cool show! Any info on who does the background soundtrack in the NYT's preview?

          1. re: petek

            I think it's a group called Sorea... (I get the name in concept, but some things just get lost in translation...)


            Hope this is what you're looking for.

            1. re: inaplasticcup

              Thanks inaplasiccup! Definitely the same group,but not the same song.
              Sorea=Sounds of Korea.I'll have to scour the Internet to find that particular song

              Cheers :)

          2. re: ritabwh

            KBTC Tacoma has it scheduled for this afternoon (Sat July 30). Both PBS stations are available on cable in my area.

            1. re: paulj

              darn, i was out of town this past weekend, so i didn't see your post until today. i shall have to check for next saturday. thank you.
              strange, i have my settings for email notification if there is a reply to a post of mine, but i have yet to receive any such notice.

              1. re: ritabwh

                i looked for 1 week schedule that included this coming saturday on KBTC, and didn't see the show listed. i'm on comcast and KBCT is channel 12.

                1. re: ritabwh

                  Looks like next Saturday is a fund raising day, so 'specials' are preempting regular programming like this. Still it is possible that last Saturday was a one time offering, to test the waters.

                  Since KBTCs audience overlaps KCTS's, they tend to play shows a week later, or shows that KCTS isn't interested in. Half a year from now, CreateTV might start showing the Chronicles.

                  Doing a search of KC, I find 2 half hour segments listed for Thur Aug 18 and 25 at 10:30 am???

                  1. re: paulj

                    paul, this is so strange, as i cannot see any of the times you are showing on your schedules. but! i did a search on the KCTS 9 seattle/yakima and this is what i got. what an incredibly complicated situation. thanks for all your help!

                    The Kimchi Chronicles Begin
                    9/27/2011 5:00 am KCTS 9 CREATESeattle/Yakima more
                    9/27/2011 11:00 am KCTS 9 CREATESeattle/Yakima more
                    9/27/2011 5:00 pm KCTS 9 CREATESeattle/Yakima more
                    9/27/2011 11:00 pm KCTS 9 CREATESeattle/Yakima more
                    The Rice Chronicles
                    9/29/2011 5:00 am KCTS 9 CREATESeattle/Yakima more
                    9/29/2011 11:00 am KCTS 9 CREATESeattle/Yakima more
                    9/29/2011 5:00 pm KCTS 9 CREATESeattle/Yakima more
                    9/29/2011 11:00 pm KCTS 9 CREATESeattle/Yakima more

                    1. re: ritabwh

                      CreateTV is listing the first 2 episodes, which will start showing at the end of September. On a given day they a show a 2 hour block of cooking programs (4x per day).

                      Looks like I saw the rice episode. I suspect others were criticizing the first.


        2. I don't know if PBS series get offered to Canadian outlets or not. Has Batali's Spain road trip shown in Canada. Evidently from fundraising comments on the Seattle PBS station, it has viewers in Canada, possibly by way of cable. That may also be true in the Toronto area.

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          1. re: paulj

            Thanks to the wonders of satellite,I get both PBS east and west so hopefully I'll get to see it eventually.

          2. This show may have a special / non-exclusive distribution deal.

            In SoCal it is appearing on KLCS and KCET in the next few days. Interestingly, the latter is no longer a PBS outlet.

            1. Seems like this series is also being aired on Maryland Public Television, MPT 1 & 2.

              1. In Montreal, we're getting it on one of the American PBS channels from Vermont, WETK. Well, I'm getting it today, anyway (Saturday at 1:30). Not sure if it's a regular thing.

                1. soooo, for those who are watching the kimchi chronicle: how is it?

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                  1. re: ritabwh

                    I thought it was pretty painful to watch.

                    Very amateurish narration. The show I saw was basically a rapid fire list of places to go. My wife walked by and said it sounded like a sorority girl narrating a slide show of her Junior year abroad.

                    Season pass deleted.

                    1. re: 10foot5

                      episode 1 turned out to be a giant preview of all the upcoming episodes.
                      i missed episode 2.
                      watched # 3, and it was enjoyable. i liked the Korea segments, vs. the "let's make it at home" segments.
                      after watching this epsiode, i've decided i need to try soju. :-))
                      they are a very nice couple.
                      i liked the music and the photography.
                      i'll keep watching it, as i am a huge fan of Korean cuisine.

                      1. re: ritabwh

                        when i commented that i liked the Korea segments vs. the "at home: segments, i was not saying that the home cooking segments were bad. and now that i watched the fish episode, i liked what they did at home. maybe it was the first episode's bibimbap at home that threw me off.
                        the korean style fish and chips looked great. this show is a great introduction to korean food. i am so fortunate to live where there is a huge korean population, and i "discovered" korean cuisine. can't wait for some of the soups/stews episodes.
                        marja and friends seems to enjoy their soju! :-))

                        1. re: ritabwh

                          i liked the fried fish batter, and also the grilled fish marinade.

                          ditto on the soju observation. LOL

                          1. re: ritabwh

                            I was just shocked that Heather Graham eats.....

                            1. re: rozz01

                              yes, but she also drinks. ;-))

                              actually, i am happy that there is no fawning over "stars" -- heather seemed like she was there as if it could have been any one of us sitting there. i sorta liked that.

                              i like the program.

                              1. re: alkapal

                                I enjoy it too... but still admittedly I did giggle that to myself last night while watching..

                        2. re: 10foot5

                          I too am disappointed. Three shows/three strikes. No more for me. JGV is obviously a master chef but lacks camera charm. His wife resembles Queen Latifah but is charisma-free.
                          She comes off as a phony, "Real Housewives" type, IMO. I can understand her curiosity about her birth mother and Korea but she now seems to solely (pun intended) identify with her country of birth, with nary a mention of her African-American paternal heritage. Seoul food aplenty - perhaps the soul food will be their next project?

                        3. re: ritabwh

                          I like it a lot. It always leave me hungry and has exposed me to a cuisine that's way more (in spite of the show's title) than kimchee.

                          I think the wife's (Marja?) improving with each episode, and it's interesting to watch her interact with JGV. The only thing I could do without is the celebrity appearances. The show's good enough without those types of distractions.

                          1. re: gloriousfood

                            Do you recognize those celebrities? I don't, so it does not matter that much whether they are celebrities or a local blogger.

                            1. re: paulj

                              Oh, yes, I recognize them. One is a Tony Award-winning Oscar host and movie star whose movie just ranked #1 at the box office this weekend.

                              It's distracting, gimmicky and unnecessary for a show of this caliber.

                          2. re: ritabwh

                            i just saw the bean show and loved it. they were in korea, tasting, and also in their american kitchen. i found the ingredients intriguing, and the techniques instructive. very glad it is on here in the d.c. market -- on weta-create.

                          3. I've been waiting for this show since it was first announced but i haven't been able to find it. Does anyone here have DirecTV and able to find the show?

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                            1. re: Bunson

                              Is there any PBS stations on DirecTV? PBS stations are either playing it as part of the Saturday (usually) afternoon cooking lineup, or on their CreateTV subchannel. An earlier post noted that CreateTV will start showing it at the end of September.

                              1. re: Bunson

                                PBS is Very annoying in that they make it hard to find out what programs will appear on which streams.
                                If you are not in a 'market location' where the PBS channel can be received Over The Air (OTA), DirecTV should give you access to PBS Satellite Service (DTV channel 389) which May or May Not carry the CreateTV show you want to see.
                                @Bunson, I see from your posts that you may live in the SFBA. Check for KRCB streams in the DTV local channel group. If they don't carry it, tell them you're changing to Comcast :-).
                                KRCB Create is channel 22.2 OTA but you have to live *real* close to Rohnert Park for that.
                                Schedule: http://krcb.org/

                                1. re: Bunson

                                  Don't know if you'll see this in time, but it's on at 10am today on ch. 9 KQED (local Bay Area DirecTv channel). Think that might be it's regular date/time.

                                  Here's the show schedule finder:

                                2. Watched all the episodes on Channel 9, San Antonio ( I buy access and am on DirecTV). The show airs at 5:30 on Saturdays. Contrary to some posts here, I have enjoyed them and am adding Korea to my list of future "food trips". The photography is lovely, especially of the Korean countryside, tea plantations, and bean fields. The "prepare this at home" segments are tantalizing and 'tho I haven't tried making any of the food, I will get some ingredients the next time I go to the "Oriental" market. Here in San Antonio that would be Tim's, unless someone posts a different market to try. In SA there is an outstanding Korean restaurant, Il Song Gardens. The next time I'm there I plan to ask the owner what she thinks of the program.

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                                  1. re: amazinc

                                    I live in Broward County, Florida-
                                    I watch the show on WPBT-channel2 comcast South Florida
                                    I also have enjoyed the showrecipes, dialogue and travel

                                  2. here is marja, the host, with a little bit about her background -- half-korean, half african-american, adopted by upper middle class american family, reunited with korean birth mother, re-discovering korean heritage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLZ8Gx...

                                    and here is more info on the premise of the show and how you can find episodes in your area. http://www.createtv.com/CreateProgram...

                                    1. Thanks for the post. The first show in the Chicago area is on tonight! I have been cooking bulgogi for many years but not all the side dishes or the other entrees dishes either.

                                      Looking forward to the show. It would be nice to find some new and healthy dishes to cook.

                                      1. I watched the Bean Chronicles episode today, first time, and thought it was a little low key, action and charisma wise, but the made at home segments were fun; mung bean paste and sweet rice pancakes with kimchi, sampled in a local market and similarly recreated at home, soft creamy tofu seasoned and served in hollowed out lemons and mandarin oranges, a soup of dried anchovy and dried seaweed stock, with vegetables and a unique noodle made from jellied tofu, sliced very thinly and described as both soft and crunchy, and more tofu, which looked delicious, and JGV admitting he's been a fan of tofu for years. Now, that was a bit of a surprise.

                                        The pace is slow enough to really get an idea of what the ingredients are and how the dishes are prepared; nice if you're not familiar with Korean cuisine. I think this production would be a should watch for savvy posters or those wanting to get a closeup of what's to eat in Korea.

                                        I've since forgotten the Korean names for the dishes. I will watch it again.

                                        Create, WCRT 21 in NYC Cablevision channel 133.

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                                        1. re: bushwickgirl

                                          Could you read them? I know I need new eyeglasses but I find the typeface they use for the English names of the dishes to be very grainy and hard to read, not to mention that they are not onscreen long enough to write them down. I was hoping for info that would help me navigate the mystery products at H-Mart. The show uses a larger, clearer print for some of the place names. Wish they'd use that throughout.

                                          1. re: greygarious

                                            No, couldn't read them, I didn't have my glasses on and they weren't onscreen long enough either, agreed. Happily alkapal has linked some of the recipes below, mung bean pancakes, here I come!

                                            I noticed I referred to the mung bean jelly noodles as jellied tofu in my post above, my error, but I really blame my cats for my lack of concentration.

                                          2. re: bushwickgirl

                                            I really enjoyed the episode. It plays late night here in Iowa ( 1 am ) and its a nice yet informative way to end a evening.

                                          3. here is a recipe for the mung bean noodle salad: http://www.sergetheconcierge.com/2011...

                                            the mung bean pancakes: http://www.kimchichronicles.tv/recipe...

                                            and i didn't see this show, but want this dish! http://www.kimchichronicles.tv/recipe...

                                            1. Chronicles marathon today (Saturday) on CreateTV.

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                                              1. re: paulj

                                                inspite of my initial reaction to the first show, i ended up enjoying the series. i bought the DVD as christmas presents. seemed like a good way to introduce unadventuresome folks to korean food.

                                              2. Shop at HMart and you make get a free K Chronicles desk calendar. :)

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                                                1. re: paulj

                                                  free K Chronicles calendar and Lao sausage.

                                                  1. re: ritabwh

                                                    Unfortunately they appear to have dropped the Lao sausage - just lots of Philippine and Hawaiian sausage, and Vietnamese meatballs in that section of the freezer. Still their produce section is well worth a visit.

                                                  1. The whole series is on Netflix instant right now. Have really been enjoying it!!