I am honored to introduce fellow food lover-Sue Park from Seoul, as a guest blogger with Seoul in the City's 'weeknight affair series'! Sue-one truly spirited, sweetheart, and a close friend...is a dj on Seoul's TBS EFM (English) radio 101.3, 'M-Town' show. When it comes to food, you'll be in good hands with this foodie. 'My Seoul' will not be complete without Sue...
Ask a non-Korean what their favorite Korean dish is and there is a high probability that bibimbap will land in the top 5 of the list alongside galbi, bulgogi, samgyeopsal and samgyetang. Yes, Koreans do love their meat!
Unlike some of the more pungent dishes that constitute a typical Korean meal, including bubbling hot spicy stews eaten straight out of a communal pot like kimchi jjigae and doenjang jjigae which, due to the fermentation process of their core ingredients, may not be instantly appealing to first timers, bibimbap is easy—a mound of steamed rice (hot or cold) placed at the bottom of a bowl topped with an assortment of namul (sautéed and seasoned vegetables), sliced or minced beef (cooked or raw) and a single egg placed on top (fried, sunny side up, or raw). The entire concoction is mixed with gochujang (red chili paste) which is usually served
on the side and a dribble of fragrant toasted sesame oil! It is delicious, hearty and nutritious – the meal is complete in itself with, at most, a bowl of hot broth on the side and kimchi. The dish is even airplane-friendly, served as a popular in-flight meal on major international carriers.Read More