It's safe to say that we're experiencing another Korean Wave. From Korean music to dramas, we see more and more people obsessed with the high-quality entertainment from the East Asian country.
Korean food has also captured the hearts and taste buds of many, too, with its comforting flavors and hearty spice. If you're one of them, there's no question that you should have tried Gochu-gang at Stall 6. Chef Patrick Go is at the helm of this kitchen, whipping up classic Korean fare like jjigae, Korean fried chicken, and noodles (they have an excellent ramdon inspired by Parasite).
We talked to the chef about Korean food and his many other food businesses.
The Grid Food Market (TGM): What’s your go-to Korean dish to cook?
Chef Patrick Go (PG): Ever since I’ve been exposed to Korean Cuisine, I’ve been a big fan of kimchi jjigae. It’s very easy to make but there are a lot of ways to do it. I usually play around with the components of the soup.
TGFM: Aside from Korean food, are you into other parts of Korean culture (K-drama, K-pop, K-fashion, etc)?
PG: I’ve seen several K-dramas online and was pretty impressed with the quality and storyline of each show. Specially those shows that feature Korean food.
TGFM: Aside from Gochu-gang, you’re also chef at Black Sheep, where you also whip up Asian-inspired dishes. What draws you towards Asian cuisines?
PG: Most of my culinary influence came from my Filipino-Chinese family background. Since my dad is Chinese and my mom is Filipino, I’ve been exposed to both cuisines at home. Also, most of my taste memories came from my travels in Asia. That’s why when we started Black Sheep Manila, we incorporated these flavours and food memories in our Set Menu and ala-carte dishes.
TGFM: What else have you been busy with in 2021?
PG: I’ve started two online businesses. One is called This Kimchi where we specialise in vegan Varieties of kimchi and other vegan dishes. Another one is called Mister Dandan where we serve Asian Inspired large and small plates. We also opened an eatery-slash-carwash store called Bada Bing.
TGFM: What’s your advice for someone who also wants to start a home based food business?
PG: I think it’s important for them to think of a concept that they know how to do by heart. The business will become very easy if they know the ins and outs of their product very well. Also, they have to be willing to take risks since it involves some kind of investment.
What are your plans for Gochu-gang in 2021? We are planning to launch several take-out items and DIY kits to enjoy at home. Aside from our classic Korean dishes, we are planning to launch modern korean dishes soon for dine in and take-out.