TASTE brings Korean cuisine up a notch

Westin's Executive Chef, Sean Jung,says one of the popular choices for Korean food lovers is the bibimbap station.

Sure, there are a number of Korean restaurants here on island. But the TASTE restaurant at Westin Resort Guam has stepped things up this year, bringing food lovers a Taste of Hansik, featuring local favorites and more.

Let your taste indulge in the flavors of Hansik, Korea at this limited-time Korean lunch buffet. It is open Monday through Saturday, Oct. 25, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Westin’s Executive Chef, Sean Jung, along with guest chefs Min Woo Ko, Hon Sil Yang and Min Guk Kim have prepared an array of dishes to satisfy those cravings.

One of the popular choices for Korean food lovers is the bibimbap station.

“We have 10 different kinds of marinated vegetables and they are mixed with rice. Then, we put a raw egg on top of the rice and some chili paste. And I guess, it’s something like a Korean loco moco kind of dish,” the executive chef said.

Kalbi and bulgogi wrapped in fresh vegetables are other popular choices found here. However, adding something new to the table, they brought in ganjang gejang, which is a raw crab marinated in soy sauce.

“When they came here to our buffet, they were so surprised that we had that raw marinated crab here. That’s something you can probably eat in Korea because they have a lot of the fresh seafood items. It took me a while to find a vendor that could bring in these fresh crabs. So, once I found that, we started to put that in the menu. And when the guests saw it today, they were so surprised and they were very happy to have that on our menu,” he said.

Even if you’re feeling stuffed, there is always room for dessert, especially for Korean pancakes.

“We have one life station which is called hok dak. It’s Korean pan-fried pancake that’s stuffed with cinnamon and nuts,” the chef said.

Fully equipped with these recommendations, your taste buds will thank you. Call 647-1020 for reservations.