September 29, 2023


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Vancouver restaurant serves up non-lethal Squid Game-themed menu for Halloween

Vancouver’s Sai Woo cafe is turning up the warmth with a menu for Halloween based on Squid Video game, the hit Netflix present from South Korea.

Head chef Han Seung-min, a initially-generation Korean-Canadian, will be orchestrating the night time in costume as the “Front Gentleman”: the mysterious masked villain from the show.

Han, who binge-viewed the demonstrate like quite a few many others, suggests it reminded him of when he applied to participate in online games like the Squid Video game as a little one. 

“We played all working day and until eventually dim or right up until we were so fatigued,” he stated, referring to the game wherever groups participate in in a squid-formed course.

In gganbu, friends place wagers on whether or not their opponent is keeping an odd or even variety of marbles, then make a guess. The man or woman who requires their opponent’s marbles at the conclusion of the recreation wins. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

Han states his menu will feature contemporary and classic usually takes on Korean food, like rice cakes skewered with cheese and a honey-butter sauce squid sausage a kalbi beef pasta and a Korean faculty lunchbox (a nod to a scene in the collection), between many others.

In in between programs, he says, friends will have the possibility to participate in children’s online games highlighted in the present.

There’s ppopgi: wherever players try out to lower out a form from a difficult piece of dalgona candy gganbu: wherever players make wagers and guess how lots of marbles their opponent is keeping and ddakji: a game with two tiles where by each and every player tries to flip their opponent’s tile by slamming them on the ground. 

The lunchbox chef Han will provide at Sai Woo’s Squid Game nights meal for Halloween is a nod to a scene in the present. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

But outside of the display-themed costumes, masks and online games,Han says it truly is far more than just a Halloween bash. The foodstuff and game titles are a celebration of his Korean heritage.

“Fifteen years in the past, I couldn’t envision Korean society [becoming] this major thing it really is grow to be,” he reported.

“And also I can see there’s a large amount of demand by Vancouver individuals who are craving for Korean food way too. As a Korean, I’m really satisfied about it, to see this, and I’m nonetheless searching ahead to looking at these points finding more substantial and larger.”

In ddakji, friends have to cut out a condition from a tough piece of dalgona sweet without having cracking it. Winners will acquire a prize and contrary to the present, the losers will go on having their dinner. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

Just mainly because the online games are not deadly, as in the display, doesn’t necessarily mean they is not going to be aggressive.

An undisclosed prize will be given to the diner who can defeat chef Han at a recreation of ddakji at the conclusion of the night.

“I am practising now,” claimed Han. “I utilised to be great [at it].”

Han will be orchestrating the night both equally from the shadows of the kitchen, to the restaurant floor in his ‘Front Man’ mask. (Ben Nelms/CBC, Sai Woo Restaurant)

In contrast to the video games in the demonstrate, visitors will not be place to rest and pushed in a nondescript automobile to the cafe. 

Parties will have to make reservations for seating in advance, beginning Thursday night, up until the evening of Oct. 31.

Observe | How to make your very own ddakji tiles:

Vancouver restaurant’s Squid Sport-themed menu to aspect Korean children’s video games

Sai Woo mixologist and operations supervisor Chelsea Schulte demonstrates how to make a ddakji tile from Squid Match, the strike Netflix demonstrate. :52