CONTRIBUTED BY ANJALI LIND
Bibimbap is one of the easiest dishes to use to introduce people to Korean food. I haven’t met anyone yet who doesn’t like it. I knew my parents would love it, so I decided to do some research to determine where to take them for their first bibimbap. I kept coming across Gogung in Insadong, established in 1973, so we decided to give it a try.
The waitress brought over mugs of a very mild green tea when we sat down, and we all ordered the Jeonju Dolsot Bibimbap, served in a hot stone pot. My husband and I were seated on a bench with flat cushions on it, and I realized several minutes in that the bench was heated underneath each cushion! It felt wonderful after wandering around outside on a cold winter’s day.
The bibimbap came out quickly, and was both beautiful and delicious. There was the perfect amount of sweet chili paste to mix in with the rice, veggies, and egg. It’s important to remember to mix your bibimbap up quickly after it arrives at the table so that the egg cooks and the rice doesn’t burn on the bottom. The stone pot stayed hot throughout the entire meal, keeping the food perfectly warm. There was the usual assortment of side dishes to nibble on, some of which were new to me.
After we finished, the waitress brought cool plum tea, which was sweet and the perfect finish to the meal.
Gogung Restaurant – Insadong, Seoul
Hours: Daily, 11:00-21:30
Address: 38, Gwanhun-dong, Jongno-gu
GPS Coordinates: 37.5741603, 126.98483839999994
Directions: Gogung is located on the main Insadong walking street, in the basement of the shopping mall Ssamziegil. Take Subway Line #3 to Anguk station, go out Exit #6, walk for a minute until you reach the main Insadong walking street, take a left, and walk about 500 meters until you reach Ssamziegil. Take the stairs down to the bottom basement and you will see Gogung right in front of you.
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