Y.E. Yang hosts PGA dinner – Korean cuisine on menu!
(Edit: Some pictures added after the fact.)
Every year around this time, since 1952, PGA champions gather together to eat dinner. The champion of the previous year is selected to host, and he chooses the menu that everyone will eat. In an interesting piece of news, Y.E. Yang, the golfer from Jeju has been chosen as the host, and he is going to serve Korean food to his fellow champions. The mental image of Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh, and Phil Mickelson flawlessly using chopsticks comes to mind. (Afterall, if Koreans are good at golf because of chopsticks, wouldn’t PGA champions be expert chopsticks users?).
So what’s on the menu?
Well since we all know golfers are all high class gentlemen and use money for toilet paper, something tells me that the food these champions are going to eat won’t be coming from 김밥천국 (Kimbab heaven, a Korean food chain.)
A team of four Korean chefs led by Mr. Park Hyo-Nam, executive chef at the Millennium Hilton Seoul, will fly to Chicago to help their peers in the American Club to prepare the feast of Korean food.
For the appetizer, crepe purses stuffed with vegetables, brochettes of beef and green onions, shrimp and cucumbers in pine nuts and pear sauce, and some Korean dried snacks will be served.
The first dish will be jap-chae, a stir fried glass noodle dish with thinly-sliced vegetables, followed by assorted jeon (mini pancakes), made of halibut, mushrooms and zucchini.
The main course is bulgogi, Korean barbecued beef. The sauces in which it has been marinated as well as the vegetables and sauces it is eaten with make it very distinctive.
Last but not least, steamed rice, and clam soup with spinach will be served alongside banchan (small side dishes).
It sounds like the PGA champions are going to get an exposure to high class Korean food, and this might actually improve the image of Korean food
amongst champion golfers in the world.