Thursday, February 3, 2011

Jeonju Bibimbap

If you ask any Korean what Jeonju is popular for 100% their answer is Jeonju Bibimbap :) Last month I had a great chance of having Jeonju bibimbap for lunch ;) The word bibimbap literally means "mixed meal." The dish is served as a bowl of warm white rice topped with namul (sautéed and seasoned vegetables) and gochujang (chili pepper paste). A raw or fried egg and sliced meat (usually beef) are common additions. The ingredients are stirred together thoroughly just before eating. It can be served either cold or hot.

Historically, royal families lived in Jeonju. Thus, Jeonju bibimbap is known to be based on royal family's recipe. As bibimbap is considered one of representative items of Korean culture, it has been served as an airline meal on various airlines connecting to South Korea, including not only Korea-based airlines but also foreign airlines such as Lufthansa.

Another dish authentic to Jeonju is Haemul Pajon (Fried pancake with seafood). It was veery veeeery delicious

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