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A must do when you are visiting Korea is to sample traditional Korean cuisine. You definitely won’t be disappointed. Have a look.
Wednesday is here, so that means it’s time for Wanderfood Wednesday, kindly hosted by Wanderlust and Lipstick . I’ve neglected my Wanderfood Wednesday posts for a while now, but having the good fortune of sampling a delicious Korean meal this past Saturday I wanted to share some photos. Today, August, 20th, 2013, I am sharing this post with Foodie Tuesday, hosted by Inside Journeys.
The bus trip was sponsored by a government agency under the name “Experience Rural -20” and for 16,000W (approx. $17.US) we were treated to a day in the Korean countryside including a fantastic traditional Korean meal that in times gone by would have reserved for the Korean royal family and nobility.
A Korean meal usually consists of banchan (side dishes), and a main dish which is cooked at the table. Most of the banchan dishes are pickled or preserved in some way and are served cold.
Korean Traditional Cuisine
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Banchan…(this is a sample…notice the quail eggs to the left; directly in front was preserved seaweed (dulce); the majority of the banchan dishes being preserved vegetables; kimchi peeking out on the right and to the left of that some radish kimchi.
Bul Kogi — the main dish
When I asked the waitress about this dish she told me it was Bul Gogki. I was a bit surprised because Bul Gogki usually means barbecued beef. Although not barbecued, it was marinated in the same sauce used for barbecued beef, and as you can see also included mushroom and carrot. The meat was so tender it melted in your mouth, and the sauce was just a little bit sweet…AWESOME!
We were treated to this royal meal at Saenggeo, Jincheon Hwarang table d’hote.
And, believe it or not, included in the price of the bus tour; 16.000W!