FILM: Peking Restaurant aka The Great Chef

January 5, 2012

Peking Restaurant aka The Great Chef is a 1999 movie about a Chinese chef who goes to Korea to meet a chef there who was a childhood friend of his (now deceased) father. I first saw this movie in Beijing where we used to buy bag loads of pirate DVDs whilst drunk and noodles were our favourite pastime.

Like most Asian movies there are ups, there are downs, there’s some semi-slapstick comedy moments typical of Korean movies. There’re heaps of very cute Korean boys and girls :) Not wanting to give any spoilers but the movie culminates in a quest to make the ultimate Jja Jang Myun, a traditional Korean black bean sauce based noodle dish. (very similar to the Chinese Zha Jiang Mian). Please excuse any spelling errors.

Maybe due to the age/ obscurity of the movie I couldn’t find any links to the movie itself on Youtube (hence the Jja Jang Myun link above) but track it down on Amazon etc. It’s a feel good foodie movie and definitely one for rewatching.

Warning: Will need munchies