Flowers Blooming in Bowls
Flowers Blooming in Bowls
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Have you ever tried bibimbap? If you are Korean, you may have mixed diverse leftover foods and eaten them in an instant at least once. Beyond Korea, bibimbap has captivated people’s tastes all around the world. Not only domestic airlines but also foreign airlines serve bibimbap as an in-flight meal. Why is bibimbap gaining popularity all over the world? Let’s look into this bibimbap which makes your mouth water.

 Bibimbap, Who Are You?
Bibimbap was originally called “Goldongban”’ or “Hwaban.” These names means “mix up” and “rice flower,”respectively. If you see bibimbap composed of rice and many vegetables, you will realize why it has the meaning “mix up.” Moreover, bibimbap is in harmony with its white, yellow, green, orange, and brown vegetables such as bean sprouts and bracken. In addition, the well-fried beef and egg yolk in the middle remind you of a blooming flower.

 People Eating Bibimbap Differently
Not every form of bibimbap has the same meaning. In the Joseon Dynasty period, people used to eat bibimbap differently by hierarchy.
For example, peasants ate bibimbap as their main meal in the field. After working in the farmland, they used to put boiled barley in a large bowl with some greens and red pepper paste and devour it. In a different way, ordinary people made new foods to greet the New Year. Therefore, they mixed up various old foods and ate away to remove leftover food of the old year. This food became bibimbap. The noble class used to eat bibimbap by mixing rice and foods after finishing ancestral rites. In the palace, when the royal family visited, they ate bibimbap. Also, bibimbap was a light meal that people ate at lunch time in the palace.

 Bibimbap Embodies Korean Culture
Bibimbap shows the harmony of many ingredients. Mixing ingredients in one bowl is similar to us to getting along with our neighbors by sharing each feeling. Therefore, we can say bibimbap is a food representing Korean culture. Also, the food culture of mixing ingredients is well developed in Korea. Bibimbap is a great example of Korean food culture. When you eat bibimbap, you can taste the harmony of various ingredients that have their own flavors. This feature is one of the factors that enables us to globalize bibimbap. Bibimbap is easily made as fusion cuisine with ingredients from all countries.

 The Effect of Bibimbap
Bibimbap is nutritious as well as delicious. You can intake many nutrients that our body needs through bibimbap alone. Many kinds of vegetables in bibimbap have abundant vitamins and dietary fiber. You can prevent constipation and adult diseases such as high blood pressure, hyperlipidemia, and diabetes. The capsaicin in red pepper paste is good for stress relief and preventing aging, too. Also, you can ingest protein from stir-fried beef and eggs. For these reasons, bibimbap is the perfect meal for your health.

 Why Is Jeonju Famous for Bibimbap?
From the old times, Jeonju has been the center of food culture through the plentiful rice and vegetables produced in this area. The famous red pepper paste made in nearby Sunchang also did much to help advance food culture. Besides this, using brassware is a special characteristic of Jeonju bibimbap. Brassware helps keep the heat and moisture of rice. Therefore, you can feel the initial taste throughout the meal. Lastly, bean sprouts play an important role in flavoring Jeonju bibimbap. Due to good water quality and appropriate climate, Jeonju is suitable to grow bean sprouts. The bean sprouts of Jeonju add rich flavor to the bibimbap.

 Delicious Imagination! Enjoyable Bibim!
Jeonju is famous for its mouth-watering foods, especially bibimbap. Do you want to enjoy bibimbap more? Then, join the Jeonju Bibimbap Festival! The 2014 Jeonju Bibimbap Festival was held from October 23th to 26th. Do not be disappointed! The Festival has been held around this time every year. The festival is held in Jeonju Hanok Vilage and Korea Traditional Culture Center. The following are the five themes of the festival. Let’s taste the real flavor of Jeonju bibimbap!

- TASTY Bibim: Do you want to know how to make Korean food? Then, you can learn by participating in a cooking contest. Also, there are several cooking contests such as the Jeonju citizen’s cooking contest, the six national cooking contests, and an international cooking contest for young chefs.
- JOYFUL Bibim: During the festival, bibimbap is not just food. Bibimbap gives us pleasure, too. You can see a bibim performace and play with food such as through a random bibimbap game.
- DIFFERENT Bibim: Through this theme, you can enjoy a display of past, present, and future of Jeonju bibimbap, a local food show and the Different Bibim Street.
- HEALTHY Bibim: Bibimbap is a healthy food. In this corner, people recognize the superiority of bibimbap. You can know bibimbap from a life cycle and ailment point of view.
- Bibim TOGETHER: This is a side show. There are events at the Nambu Market and East Gate Art Street. Also, there are many programs connected to cultural organizations.

Until now, you have seen bibimbap that makes your mouth and eyes pleased. Bibimbap has a long history. While eating bibimbap, try to think of how it was created at least once. People who want to know Korea more should try bibimbap and feel the Korean food culture. How about having bibimbap for today’s dinner? Let’s taste bibimbap, the most Korean-style food.

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