WATCH: Anthony Bourdain And Roy Choi Explain Why It Took America So Long To Embrace Korean Food
In this sneak peek of Sunday night’s LA episode of Parts Unknown, Anthony Bourdain enlists the help of Roy Choi, founder of the Kogi BBQ Truck, to get down and dirty into the Korean cuisine it took Westerners for-literally-ever to fall in love with. The two chowed down on what Bourdain describes as “tongue-searing, ass-burning tofu soup,” and, if that’s not a ringing endorsement of Los Angeles’ K-Town cuisine, then we don’t know what is.
“Unlike many other new arrivals, Koreans seem to have been the most unwilling to accommodate Western tastes. Maybe that’s why it took us so much time to love the stuff,” Bourdain proffered before digging into a piping hot pot of Sundubu at Beverly Tofu House on his charming bro-date.
“This is a soup that’s kind of Korean, but is really more LA,” Roy explained. “They’re different because of the ingredients we couldn’t find, but [Koreans were] never thinking about pleasing the American palate, just to make ourselves happy.”
Ugh, we get it. America is the worst and most oppressive ever.
Check out the clip below, and stay tuned to CNN this Sunday at 9 p.m. ET to catch this episode of Parts Unknown.
You can read our recap of last week’s Parts Unknown premiere here.