Wanderfood Wednesday – Jeonju Bibimbap

Posted by on Mar 17, 2010 in Korea, Uncategorized | 12 comments

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.

Bibimbap Restaurant

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.

Banchan

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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12 Comments

  1. Heya there, fellow Korea-food-fan! 🙂 V nice.. Bibimbap is also one of my favorite Korean dish, tied for #1 along with Korean BBQ Ribs, I think its usually called Kalbi or Galbi. The best Bibimbap I tried was one served on hot stone bowl, had you tried that before? The stone was thick and hot, and it’s slathered with oil so even as I was eating it, the rice gets cooked to crispiness.. Heavenly!

  2. Heya there, fellow Korea-food-fan! 🙂 V nice.. Bibimbap is also one of my favorite Korean dish, tied for #1 along with Korean BBQ Ribs, I think its usually called Kalbi or Galbi. The best Bibimbap I tried was one served on hot stone bowl, had you tried that before? The stone was thick and hot, and it’s slathered with oil so even as I was eating it, the rice gets cooked to crispiness.. Heavenly!

  3. Hi! Thanks for stopping by.

    I know the kind of bowl you mean, and have eaten it that way many times. The bowl in this photo was not the typical hot stone, but it was very hot. The rice also got cooked very crispy. I really should have taken a shot of the finished product, but I was too busy eating!
    I love Galbi too.

    Thanks for dropping by. Come back anytime!

  4. Hi! Thanks for stopping by.

    I know the kind of bowl you mean, and have eaten it that way many times. The bowl in this photo was not the typical hot stone, but it was very hot. The rice also got cooked very crispy. I really should have taken a shot of the finished product, but I was too busy eating!
    I love Galbi too.

    Thanks for dropping by. Come back anytime!

  5. I never have a bibimbap before, and your article makes me arrange a bibimbap outing next week with my friend. I’m in Sydney now, and downtown Sydney has plenty of ethnic foods. My friend knows a great bibimbap place nearby, called “Miliore”. If I go to Korea some day, I’ll try to locate the restaurant you mentioned and compare!

    Dina

  6. I never have a bibimbap before, and your article makes me arrange a bibimbap outing next week with my friend. I’m in Sydney now, and downtown Sydney has plenty of ethnic foods. My friend knows a great bibimbap place nearby, called “Miliore”. If I go to Korea some day, I’ll try to locate the restaurant you mentioned and compare!

    Dina

  7. Hi Dina,

    I’m so happy that my article has inspired you to try bibimbap. Let me know your thoughts on it.

    Thanks for dropping by, and come back anytime.

  8. Hi Dina,

    I’m so happy that my article has inspired you to try bibimbap. Let me know your thoughts on it.

    Thanks for dropping by, and come back anytime.

  9. nancie – YUM! this looks fantastic. i will DEFINITELY try to get there if we are ever in jeonju!!

    • It’s well worth it!

  10. nancie – YUM! this looks fantastic. i will DEFINITELY try to get there if we are ever in jeonju!!

    • It’s well worth it!

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