Moving from South Korea to the US as a teenager, then leaving Los Angeles for Buenos Aires three years ago, corporate banker-turned-chef Mun Kim is quite the international export.
Following the success of his Asian and sushi closed-door restaurant – Casa Mun – chez lui in Argentina’s capital, his most recent undertaking now locates him in Mendoza, the country’s principal winemaking region. He speaks to DEPARTURES about his favourite foods and also, being the first Asian chef to recently take place in Mendoza’s prestigious Masters of Food & Wine event.
DEPARTURES: AFTER SEVERAL MOVES THAT NOW SEE YOU LIVING IN ARGENTINA, WHAT FOODS DO YOU MISS WHEN YOU FEEL HOMESICK?
Mun Kim: I can make pretty much all the dishes I like, but the one thing that I miss the most and can’t seem to perfect is Japanese ramen.
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