The V&A’s Raphael Gallery has played host to a fair few catwalk shows but this was the first dinner gala I’d ever attended there; you know it’s fancy when the dress code says ‘Lounge Suit/National Dress’.
We were treated to Lie Sang Bong’s most recent catwalk collections (more on this soon) and an epic meal of Korean food favourites. The mung bean jelly was so lovely and light, dotted with pieces of octopus, it made a perfect refreshing starter for a summer evening. Ceremony noodle is a classic example of the simplicity in Asian cooking, noodles with a five-colour topping in a fish stock. The bibimbap was also really simple, and really heathly with a tasty mix of green veg. Not so healthy but to die for, was the braised short ribs bansang, which was the most melting slow-cooked pork served with chesnuts, I’m definitely having a go at making this at home. Lastly we were served up comfortingly stodgy ho-ddeok, a street food pancake with berries. Scroll down to see the most amazing phone cover of your life, no lie. Mung Bean Jelly Hugging OctopusCeremony NoodleBibigo Bibimbap and Braised Short Ribs BansangBibimbap in all its gloryHo-ddeokJust a diamanté Ariel the Little Mermaid phone cover, no biggie. One of my fellow diners tipped me off that Hoi Sum Bling Sud is the place to go for extreme phone bling, the name of the page translates to ‘Happy Bling House’. So cute!
Thanks to Korean Cultural Centre UK for the evening, they are curating a season of Korean cultural events until the 9th Sept for more info click here.