Metropole Hanoi to Host 3rd Annual Korean Culinary Experience

HANOI, Vietnam (Oct. 13, 2022) — Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi will host a two-week celebration of “spiritual” Korean gastronomy featuring extraordinary dishes created by Chef Jeong Kwan, a Buddhist nun, influential vegan chef (winner of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants‘ prestigious Icon Award Asia 2022) and a star of the award-winning Netflix series Chef’s Table.

Now in its third year, this special Korean culinary event runs for two weeks, serving à la carte dishes and a 5-course set menu in Metropole Hanoi’s Le Club Bar from October 15-31, 2022.

Korean Gastronomy Week will begin with an exclusive, invite-only kick-off event on Saturday, October 15 from 11am-2pm. The opening day will be limited to 100 persons and will feature a private lunch at Thang Long Hall, the largest of Metropole Hanoi’s reception rooms, along with a showcase of premium Shine Muscat grapes at La Veranda.

The dishes on Chef Jeong Kwan’s special à la carte menu are inspired by the world of Korean temple cuisine using premium Korean ingredients. These include Black Sesame Jook with Tomato Jangajji (Black sesame porridge, confit & pickled tomatoes); Tofu stuffed Paprika & Shiitake Mushroom Umami Jorim (tofu stuffed & gently steamed in paprika, shiitake mushroom braised in Korean traditional rice syrup); Farmer’s Jang Ddeok & Persimmon Muchim (Korean traditional pancake with Gochujang, chili paste, and Doenjang, soybean paste, and sun-dried persimmon tossed in tangy and sweet dressing); Namul Bibimbap & Root Vegetables and Morel Mushroom Tangsui (Bibimbap with millet rice and three kinds of mountain herbs, and Pakpakjang, Jeong Kwan’s special sauce, and sweet & sour root vegetables and morel mushrooms); and Shine Muscat confit in Refined Tomato Syrup with Seaweed Bugak & Potato Bugak (Shine muscat confit, sweet tomato dip, Korean traditional crisps made with seaweed and potatoes).

“When I think of making food, I empty myself first. Understand the nature of the ingredient, I share my mind with its nature,” Chef Jeong Kwan says.

Jeong Kwan has never worked in a restaurant, let alone had any official culinary training. Her profound food philosophy works in the service of the body, the mind and the planet. She is an advocate of the under-the-radar wonders of Korean temple cuisine, a holistic dining process that continues as the food is cooked and then consumed. When Eric Ripert, the French gastronomy expert, visited Baekyangsa, the seventh-century temple in Naejangsan National Park that Chef Jeong Kwan calls home, he named her the “Philosopher Chef,” hailing Chef Jeong Kwan’s cuisine as “the most exquisite food in the world.”

​​Korean Gastronomy Week 2022 is hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture, Korea Forest Service, and aT-Korea Agro-Fisheries & Food Trade Corporation, with organization by Nemo Partners.

For more information on this event, or to make a reservation, please contact the hotel’s food and beverage department at Tel: 024 3826 6919 ext. 8200

ABOUT SOFITEL LEGEND METROPOLE HANOI

A prominent fixture in the heart of Hanoi since 1901, the Hotel Metropole Hanoi has a long tradition as a luxury venue for prestigious events and a popular rendezvous for business and leisure travelers such as playwrights, ambassadors and heads of state. The recipient of numerous international awards for its fine service, this legendary landmark has contributed to the richness of local heritage.

The hotel includes 364 rooms. The historic Metropole wing has 106 guestrooms and three Legendary Suites. The suites are named after famous residents and visitors to the hotel (Graham Greene, Charlie Chaplin, Somerset Maugham with private garden) and have access to the Club Lounge. We proudly welcome our esteemed guests from all over the world.

The Metropole restaurants and bars are all famous dining venues, each offering a different exotic experience: Le Beaulieu has the best French fare in this corner of the world; Spices Garden offers the ultimate in Vietnamese gastronomy; angelina – Hanoi’s bespoke bar-lounge-restaurant, La Terrasse brings Parisian-style to the sidewalks of Hanoi; Le Club Bar treats guests to its famous chocolate buffet and cool jazz performances; and, finally, Bamboo Bar brings poolside lounging to the next level.

ABOUT SOFITEL LEGEND

Sofitel Legend is an illustrious selection of heritage luxury hotels where the best of past and present converge. Set within beautiful and culturally-rich destinations, each legendary retreat is both timeless and elegant, delivering lavish settings, renowned restaurants and modern comforts matched with impeccable service for the ultimate luxury experience. Noble, rare and soulful, Sofitel Legend hotels entice worldly travelers who are all drawn to these beloved places of grandeur for their storied past, architectural beauty, sweeping vistas and enchanting ambience. Sofitel Legend is part of Accor, a world-leading hospitality group consisting of more than 5,200 properties and 10,000 food and beverage venues throughout 110 countries.