jeonju bibimbap in myeongdong, korea

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i realized i haven't quite been keeping up with my blogging resolution very well >< 
before you say anything, i can explain.... has been quite busy and honestly, after i get home from work, have dinner, check twitter, fb etc, i ended up falling asleep while doing that sometimes. 

regardless the excuse....i promise - i shall try harder updating my blog more often! 

now that is out of the way... let's get down to business, shall we?

besides being busy at work, i have just begun my beginner's korean part time classes just a few weeks ago. 

to commemorate my finally taking official korean language classes (i've been self learning before), i figured it might be nice to write about one of my favorite korean food, the bibimbap :)

if you missed my previous korean posts, i have mentioned before that bibimbap {비빔밥} was my first introduction to korean food. 'bibim' means mixed and 'bap' translates as rice which meant the way to eat it is to mix all the ingredients you have in the bowl together with a  generous amount of gochujang sauce. truthfully, i didn't even eat it right the first time (/facepalm) since i refused to mix it together. however, it still left a lasting delicious impression in my mind that bibimbap is one of my favorite korean dishes. rest assured though that i've corrected that mistake after my second time :)

i learned about this rather famous bibimbap restaurant from {lst}, my fellow hongkong homestay friend during my last trip to seoul, korea. and surprisingly, it was in the middle of myeongdong and i didn't even know about it T.T the place is called : jeonju jungang hoekwan {전주 중앙 흭관}

"where exactly?' one might ask.

despite how bustling it is in the huge maze of awesomeness that is myeongdong, two things you need to look out for when you are finding for this place. 

[one] the huge SPAO (most smtown kpop groups' fans would probably look for this place) would probably be a great landmark since there is only one of these in myeongdong. or smoothie king next to uniqlo if that might help you better.

[two] this cute ahjussi ^^

he actually advertises for the restaurant by holding a flag while acting as a marker for this rather hidden restaurant. 

once you've seen either/both of this/these (lol) there is an alleyway that leads to the restaurant on the right of spao (if you are facing the entrance)

if you see this, you're on the right track and the restaurant is located at the end of the alleyway. entering the restaurant, it was a lot quieter than i expected. perhaps it was too early for dinner.

its decor was of a typical simple korean restaurant. 

this restaurant offers a huge variety of dishes but since they are famous for the iconic bibimbap - the whole reason why i was here! they had quite a few renditions of bibimbap on their menu but the prices were a lil more expensive compared to other places (ranged from 10, 000 to 20, 000 won) 

we were first greeted with four complimentary side dishes {반찬} where one of them was the mandatory spicy & tart kimchi that i loved! i really enjoyed the eggplant side dish, which also went well with the bibimbap itself.

{lst} and i decided to try the unconventional pork bibimbap {제육곱돌비빔밥} served as dolsot bibimbap {돌솥비빔밥} priced at 10, 000 won each.  dolsot bibimbap meant that it was served in a hot stone bowl.  i've mentioned before that dolsot is not quite the way i'd usually go for because i am not a fan of crunchy rice >< but this was an exception.. besides i didn't really have a choice here lol.

our dolsot bibimbap came in a piping hot in the stone bowl. the dish was a beautiful burst of bright colors from the zucchini, mushrooms, daikon, seaweed sheets, purple cabbage, daikon, bean sprouts, spinach and ultimately crowned with a golden raw egg. very much like an art piece on a black canvas :) and it came with a bowl of bean sprout soup.

it was soooo hot that it it fogged up my camera lens lol. adding a generous amount of gochujang sauce, mixing all the ingredients together and doing it quickly so i could avoid having too much crunchy rice lol.

the first bite was sooo hot - actually, every bite after was really hot too. {lst} and i were very surprised and impressed that the vegetable rice remained warm throughout our whole meal yet every ingredient was perfectly cooked. which meant no crunchy rice, tough pork nor overly softened vegetable.

bite after bite of robust flavors blended well together yet still able to taste the individual ingredients. AND you get to add however much gochujang sauce you'd like. the key is to make sure all the ingredients are mixed thoroughly.

my friend {mh} visited seoul recently and i offered some suggestions and this place was one of them. the result? i've even gotten approving nods from her and her bf who tried this restaurant..worthy of thumbs up photo of them in front of the restaurant despite the very cold weather :)

definitely one of the best bibimbaps i've ever had even though it was a dolsot bibimbap - hence its addition to my list of  top 12 things i ate in 2012. :) so when you make it down to seoul, myeongdong will undoubtedly be on your to go list - while you're there, try dropping by for a yummy taste of jeonju jungang hoekwan's rendition on korea's iconic dish. ^^

jeonju jungang hoekwan | location

24-11 chungmuro 1-ga
jung-gu, seoul, south korea
{서울툭별시 중구
충무로 1가 24-11}
access:: myeongdong station
 (seoul subway line 4) exit 6

{yummy-ness | 4 forks out of 5 }
{worth trying | the bibimbaps}

disclaimer this is written based on personal experience and opinion. experiences and taste buds may vary for others.


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