UCSI Sarawak served up an authentic Korean Night 2016

By Danielle Sendou Ringgit
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From K-pop to K-dramas, it is not hard to see why people can be so fascinated by Korean culture, even here in Sarawak.

And while K-pop and K-dramas has been making waves all across the globe, many are equally fascinated by their mouth-watering cuisines.

In an effort to promote Korean cuisine, culture and music, students from the UCSI University Sarawak Campus (UCSI Sarawak) Faculty of Hospitality and Tourism Management held Korean Night 2016 on November 19.

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According to lecturer from the Faculty of Hospitality and Tourism Management Ting Hui Bun, about 50 to 60 students from Diploma of Hotel Management and Diploma of Culinary Arts were involved in organising their Korean Night.

“Our main objective is to promote Korean cuisine, culture and music to the public. So, for this, we have invited UCSI staff and industry partners such as hotel and suppliers to Korean Night in appreciation of their support,” said Ting.

Guests invited to the UCSI Korean Night 206 were treated with mouth-watering Korean cuisine buffet style

Guests invited to the UCSI Korean Night 206 were treated with mouth-watering Korean cuisine buffet style

An annual event, this year marked the fourth year Korean Night has been organised by UCSI Sarawak to highlight and promote Korean culture.

According to Ting, the event is funded by the Korean government under an agency known as the Korean Food Foundation (KFF) to promote Korean culture to the public.

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Bulgogi or grilled marinated beef

Guests were treated to a variety of Korean dishes such as kimchi fried rice, bulgogi (grilled marinated beef), kimchi stew and Korean pancake, all prepared by UCSI Sarawak culinary art students.

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Red hot kimchi stew

According to Ting, as part of the programme funded by KFF, two UCSI lecturers were sent to Korea specifically to learn the art of making Korean food so that they could teach their own students.

“Apart from cooking in which our lecturers were sent to Korea to learn how to cook Korean cuisine, our students also learnt Korean language on their own, which is the independent part of the programme to encourage students to perform and greet people in basic Korean language. These are all efforts that we want to see,” said Ting.

A UCSI student performing a Korean song

A UCSI student performing a Korean song, earning him an appreciative applause from the crowd as he serenade the guests during the night

Aside from the amazing cuisines prepared by the students, the night would not be complete without a show where guests were treated with Korean singing performance and K-Pop dance performed by the students, where according to Ting they have been training for more than two weeks to perfect their moves.

 A dance performance by UCSI students for the invited guests

A dance performance by UCSI students

Beside UCSI Korean Night, UCSI students from the Faculty of Hospitality and Tourism Management had also previously organised the ‘Annyeong Korea’ event at CityONE Megamall last month from October 29 to 30.

They showcased Korean music, culture and cuisine apart from offering cultural performances, games, food and beverages, cultural booths teaching Korean language as well as Korean products for sale to the public during the two-day event.

Aside from that, during ‘Annyeong Korea’ they also held an in house Korean cooking competition between culinary arts students, putting their skill to a test in preparing Korean cuisine.

The Korean phenomenon has been taking the world by storm and here in Sarawak, it is also the same. Just look closely around, it is not hard to spot where Korean culture has making a big impact in our society.

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