A favorite dish of Koreans and foreigners living or traveling in Korea is “bibimbap”, which literally means “mixed rice”. Warm rice is topped with namul (sauteed vegetables) and gochung (chili pepper paste).
The city of Jeonju about an hour and a half south of my city Daejeon is famous for its bibimbap. I have always wanted to try the Jeonju version, and had the opportunity when I was visiting a friend there a few weeks ago.
I have no idea what the name of the restaurant was in English, but I can tell you that they serve the best bibimbap I have ever eaten. If you ever get to Jeonju ask the taxi driver to drop you at the post office dowton. go to the right and walk straight less than five minutes. Here’s their sign with phone number. We only found the place because a young Korean girl with perfect English took pity on us and helped us out.
We ordered the Jeonju bibimbap which came in a very hot bowl with an egg on top. The egg cooked as we mixed the rice, vegetables, egg and gochung together. I was hooked with the first bite. The vegetables were fresh and the rice was cooked to perfection; spicy but not too much so. Along with our main dish there was banchan or Korean side dishes. Of course, this included kimchi along with various pickled vegetables.
I was so hooked after the first bite that I forgot to take a pic once it was all mixed up. That will have to be a surprise. If you want to learn more about bibimbap you can go here.
BTW, bap means rice in Korean.
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