You might have heard of Jeonju, a touristic city in Korea. It is well known for Korean traditional style houses and great food. People even go for a food trip to Jeonju. It has several famous Jeonju food and one of them is 콩나물국밥 (Bean Sprout Soup with Rice).
콩나물국밥 is considered to be a light meal for a the cheap price. It takes a short time to cook and eat so people who have a short lunch or dinner break like a truck driver or a bus driver seem to like it. Also, many eat it to get over a hangover.
콩나물국밥, a famous Jeonju food, comes in a special pot called 뚝배기 (Dook-bae-gi), a Korean earthen pot which keeps the food warm. As you see in the picture, it is boiling without a burner.
It basically has bean sprouts and rice. The soup itself is not spicy but Koreans like to put chopped spicy chili peppers or red chili powder in it to manage the spiciness. Since I love spicy food, I added both of them.
Also you can mange the saltiness with salted small shrimp. Don’t put too much in at once or you will regret it. Like.. it is super salty.
This egg dish is called Sooran (수란). How is it made? Crack the eggs in a bowl and put the bowl in hot water so that the eggs in the bowl get cooked gradually. When the white part of the eggs are cooked, take the bowl out of the hot water. Done!
How to eat it: put 2-3 spoons of the soup and dried seaweed in Sooran and mix them all together. It is soft and soupy. You eat this before the Bean sprout soup.
You need to know that only legit Jeonju bean sprout soup restaurants give you this. So if you want to try a nice bean sprout soup, look for one which has Sooran.
콩나물국밥 (Kong-na-mul gookbab): Bean sprout soup with rice
수란 (Sooran): Jeonju style egg bowl dish
뚝배기 (Dook-bae-gi): earthen pot which keeps your food warm
Information of this place:
남문전주콩나물국밥 (Nam-moon Jeonju Kongnamul Gookbab)
경기도 화성시 향남읍 발안리 413-102 (413-102 Baran-ri, Hyangnam-eup, Hwaseong-si, Gyeonggi-do)
- 현대옥 (HyunDaiOk) in 남부시장 (Nambu market)
63, Pungnammun 2-gil, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do, Korea
6:00 am – till out of order (normally 1:00 pm)
- 삼백집 (SamBaekJip)
57, Omokdae-gil, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do, Korea
08:00 am – 09:00 pm
**Both of them are famous, popular Bean sprout soup restaurants so I suggest you to go in the morning.