The Spicy Belly
DAY 4: 6-Course Jamaican Meets Korean Dinner Series
Here’s a marriage made in heaven: Jamaican and Korean cuisine. Such is the vision of brothers James and Jason Mills, originally from NYC, who have made The Spicy Belly, opened in January 2017, a fixture in the Manayunk/Wissahickon neighborhood. With their mother from South Korea and their father from Jamaica, the Mills Brothers come by their adventure in fusion quite naturally. Eater says, “While Korean-Mexican cuisine has become more common over the years, Korean-Jamaican is a rare, enticing combination.” The dishes are endlessly surprising—things like a bibimbap in which the fried egg, bulgogi, gochujang, and kimchi sit atop coconut rice and peas and sautéed chayote. Lifestyle blog JustGrubbin says, “All I need is two words to describe the most amazing fusion I’ve experienced in recent memory: Spicy Belly!” We will be taking over the restaurant for this event, and the very engaging Mills Brothers will be on hand to take your questions and share their enthusiasm for their dual food legacies.
About the Host:
Executive Chef & Co-Owner
Chef Mills was inspired from an early age by his mother's Korean-infused interpretations of Jamaican classic dishes. A fully self-taught chef, Mills opened The Spicy Belly in January 2017 with his brother Jason as a means of imbuing his neighborhood with his own culinary heritage.
All savory courses will be served family-style. Dessert will be portioned individually.
Korean Pork Mondu
steamed spicy korean citrus pork dumplings with chili pepper oil and cucumber kimchi
Bang Bang Coconut Shrimp
fried in korean rice flour and caribbean coconut flakes and served with spicy korean gochujang sauce
Lemon-Glazed Mahi Mahi
with korean japchae sweet potato noodles, sesame oil, shiitake mushrooms, and baby bok choy
Dak Dori Tang
spicy sweet korean-inspired jamaican stew chicken with root vegetables, roasted corn, black beans, coconut rice, and peas
Jerk Chicken Mac and Cheese
breaded jerk rubbed chicken cutlets over jerk-inspired mac and cheese
Appleton Rum Chocolate Ice Cream
with sweet plantains and pecan brittle
The Spicy Belly
3847 Terrace St
Philadelphia, PA 19128
- Do I have to bring printed tickets to the event?
- No tickets are needed.
- What is the event ticket cancellation/refund policy?
- Tickets to our events are non-refundable. However, for first-time emergency requests, we allow members to transfer their tickets to friends, provided the guest ticket surcharge of $25 is paid when transferring a member ticket to a non-member. All ticket transfer requests must be emailed to us prior to the event and the guest ticket surcharge of $25 must be paid prior to the event. Guests who have not paid the guest ticket surcharge will not be allowed entry.
- What does the ticket price cover?
- The ticket price covers the full cost of the meal.
- Can I bring guests/non-members to this event?
- Yep! For this event, guest tickets are $70 + tax & tip, and you can bring up to 3 guests. Please note, guests are not allowed to attend unaccompanied by a member.
- What dietary restrictions/food allergies can be accommodated at this event?
- At this event we will be able to accommodate all dietary restrictions and food allergies. Just make sure to update your dietary restrictions within your Account Info before or after you purchase tickets, or email us at [email protected] after you purchase tickets to let us know what your allergies/restrictions are so we can give the chef a heads up.
- What can/can't I bring to the event?
- Please bring your ID as well as cash if you plan on purchasing beverages.
- Are there ID requirements or an age limit to attend?
- Yes. ID is required and you must be 21+ to attend.
- Does this restaurant allow BYOB?
- No. This restaurant is a non-BYO establishment. Outside alcohol will not be permitted at this event.