Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Asian Eyes' Korea - Bibimbab

Bibimbap, Korean's fried rice 
dish on iron wok
          Day 4, Nov/20/2012, 6 pm: Dinner menu today is Bibimbap (mixed rice), a signature Korean dish. Bibimbap is served as a bowl of warm white rice topped with sautéed and seasoned vegetables and chili pepper paste. A raw or fried egg and sliced meat are common additions. The ingredients are stirred together thoroughly just before eating. It can be served either cold or hot. Vegetables commonly used in Bibimbap include julienne cucumber, zucchini, turnip, mushrooms, bell flower root, as well as spinach, soybean sprouts, and bracken fern stems. Tofu, either plain or sauteed  or a leaf of lettuce may be added, or chicken or seafood may be substituted for beef. For visual appeal, the vegetables are often placed so adjacent colors complement each other.
          Our food are ready when we arrived at the unassuming restaurant. On the iron wok, piles of cabbage, chicken and chili pepper paste being stirred fried along with a few scoops of rice. The aroma was great and it lingered in the air and stuck to one shirt and hair, long after dinner. As usual Kent went around to ensure everyone had a seat, had kimchi and was eating. We quickly finished our our Bibimbap in no time as it was very delicious. We had 2 helpings of rice added on and were enjoying frying them. All my kids always like fried rice, so, by the time we were ready to make our exit, the wok was squeaky clean. There was rice crust at the bottom of the wok which Kent mentioned was the best part but by then we are already very full to stomach more.
           After dinner, we proceed to our next destination, a 2.5 hours bus ride to Toseong, near Soeraksan, to Del Pino Golf Resort, where we will stay the night. Our room was a Korean tatami style where we slept on warmed floor. It was our first time experiencing the Korean sleeping style. Here are the pictures I took during dinner and on the way to Toseong:
Del Pino Resort location: 403-1, Wonam-ri, Toseong-myeon,Gangwon-do, Goseong-gun, Goseong-gun, South Korea
Finally we arrived at our Bibimbap restaurant
Melted down snowman outside the Bibimbap restaurant greeted us as we stepped down from our bus.
Our Bibimbap ready for frying before we added the rice. I was given the task.
The sizzling sound of Bibimbap makes my mouth waters and hard to hold the camera still!
Ah, the fragrance of our Bibimbap permeated the air, stuck to our shirts and hairs too.
Lettuce leaf, kimchi and more sauces accompanied our Bibimbap.
Our bibimbap ready for eating. An awful lot for 4 persons, but we finished them in no time.
The evidence that we finished off our Bibimbap, but we passed on the crust, said to be the best part.
Snacks on sale in rest area on the highway halfway between Nami Island and Toseong. As we were still full from the Bibimbap, I opted for a cup of coffee instead.
Selection of snacks available for sale. The price - 2,000 to 3,000 won (About USD$2 - USD$3).
Our warmed bedding tatami style floor for the night at Del Pino Resort, but no lights out for us just yet.
Our bedding for the night. A room sleeps 5 but we had 2 big rooms to ourselves.
The convenience shop at Del Pino Golf resort sells a lot of stuff which we can cooked in our room. Sorry, no takers tonight.
A map of Del Pino Golf Resort. We were at the northeast of Peninsular Korea, quite close to the border to North Korea actually.
Yummy poster of food at a restaurant at the resort. Yummy but did not enticed me as I was still full from the earlier Bibimbap session.
Bistrograin, our breakfast place tomorrow.

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