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Where to Eat Wednesday: O’Bibimbap

It’s sometimes hard to not fall into the mindset that dinner has to be a big deal. This is possibly due to the fact that I like to cook at home and prefer to save eating out for nicer occasions. Sadly, that way of thinking has left me ignorant of the smaller spots that are ideal for single meals that don’t require at least three people to finish. As a result, it’s quite refreshing to visit a place that specializes in small, simple meals that are both affordable and delicious. It’s even nicer when they offer take out.

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I didn’t know of O’Bibimbap until someone had advertised it on Facebook. Since I had been itching to try a new place in the Sangmu area, I dragged my roommate to the restaurant with me after making up some excuse to be in the area. Though small, the restaurant was surprisingly easy to find due to it being located on one of the main streets in Sangmu. While it looked fairly unassuming on the outside, the personal touches in decor made the interior charming.

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Before we could find a place to sit, I found myself distracted by reading the limited, yet tempting menu. As expected with the name, the restaurant’s specialty was 비빔밥 (bibimbap), which literally means “mixed rice”. Though there were some expected options, such as the 숯불구이 비빔밥 (sutbulgu-i bibimbap), which looked like a combination of charcoal grilled pork with all the usual fixings, and the 청양고추 매콤한 낙지 비빔밥 (cheong-yang-gochu maekomhan nakji bibimbap), better known as spicy octopus bibimbap, there were some pleasant surprises on as well. I was impressed to see a vegetarian option, which was listed as 신선한 야채 비빔밥 (shinseonhan yachae bibimbap), as well as a number of other non-bibimbap choices like udon, dumplings, soup, and fried rice. We ended up ordering the 레몬 닭가슴살 비빔밥 (lemon dakgaseumsal bibimbap), also known as lemon chicken breast bibimbap, 스팸+숯불+김치볶음밥 (spam+sutbul+kimchi bokkeumbap), simply named Spam + Charcoal Pork + Kimchi Fried Rice, and an order of 쫄깃 감자 물만두 (jjolgit gamja mulmandu), chewy potato boiled dumplings. We also purchased a can of Dr. Pepper after excitedly noticing that it was available.

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After we placed our orders, the owner of the restaurant, who appeared to be working all by herself, brought out a couple of oven baked eggs for us to enjoy as an appetizer. Due to the bitter cold we had just dealt with outside, cracking open the warm eggs was a welcome distraction. Soon after, we received our dumplings. While most forms of boiled dumplings I’ve had have been rather boring, I was happy to see that what we got had been seasoned and came with three different sauces. Trying the tasty little dumplings with each sauce made the experience rather fun, giving us new flavor combinations with each bite.

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Before long, the rest of our food arrived. Each rice dish came in its own tray with its own sides, making it so that we didn’t have to fight over pieces of fish cake and kimchi. I first tried the lemon chicken bibimbap, which was filled with fresh vegetables and came with a side of lemon soy sauce. Though we were warned that using the entire amount of sauce we were given would make things too salty, it was too delicious not to go overboard with it. I’ve always known bibimbap as somewhat of a heavy dish, so it was an appreciated change to enjoy a version that seemed reminiscent of a light chicken salad. The rice to vegetable ratio was balanced, and the amount given was just enough. The fried rice, on the other hand, was rich, hearty, and packed with flavor. Topped with a fried egg and extra meat, the whole dish was as delicious as it was comforting. I did feel a little guilty for indulging in what was probably the less healthy option after eating the salad-like bibimbap, but I grew to care less with each spicy bite.

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At the end of our meal, we were both satisfied without being too full. The only downside was that I found myself wishing I lived in Sangmu so that I could take full advantage of visiting this place for easy take out. Everything we had was delicious and made with a special kind of care that could only be found in small, independently run spots like this one. Though I wouldn’t recommend large parties or large orders for a place like O’Bibimbap, it’s the perfect spot for a fairly balanced dinner that doesn’t break the bank. While I don’t live close enough to visit often, I can definitely see myself returning soon to enjoy the food and the calming atmosphere.

Address: 광주 서구 치평동 1184-2 (across the street from Star Box sauna)
Phone: 062-375-5557
Hours: 11:00AM to 9:00PM
Average Price Range: 5,900 to 6,900 per person

GFN DAEIN SHOP TILL YOU DROP Updates

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Hi Everyone,

This post brings you some pics from the event and would like to thank everyone who came out on Saturday to race in the GFN Daein Shop till you drop. We hope that you all had a good time and that you learned some about traditional markets and just how much fun they could be.

Also everyone at Daein were very happy for the business and exposure as well as for the cordial behavior of everyone who took part. Kudos to you and you and all of you.

Finally we are taking suggestions, comments, constructive criticism and positive feedback from you guys who have participated not only in this event but also Kimchi Festival, Damyang, Yeongam Wangin festival and other GFN events as to how we can better serve you with fun events etc.

Please leave your suggestions below, or on GFN free board and we will be in contact. Also if you have other pics please post them in the facebook page we would like you to share them with us.

 

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Gwangju Kimchi Town

A kimchi soup recipie layout  - Photo by Joe Wabe

A kimchi soup recipie layout – Photo by Joe Wabe

Gwangju Kimchi Town created 4 years ago, is located in Imam-dong, Namgu and it’s a park built across 79932 sq. meters of land, making it the largest Kimchi theme park in Korea.

In the Gwangju Kimchi Museum, replicas of the different types of kimchi are on display to give guests, especially foreigners, a better understanding of the dish.

The utensils for kimchi-making in the olden days are also displayed, giving viewers a glimpse of the hard work needed to produce the dish in the past.

Apart from the museum there’s also a modern kimchi factory where people can observe the entire kimchi making and packaging process through glass windows, a library and a dedicated zone for visitors to learn about different types of vegetables use for kimchi, and their health benefits.

The high-quality fish and salt from the south-western coast makes the Gwangju kimchi stand out from the rest. Besides being an aid to the human digestive system and an immune booster, kimchi is also said to be able to prevent, among others, anemia, osteoporosis and cancer.

The museum is also proud that kimchi has been selected as one of the five nutritious foods in the world by Health, an American magazine.

 

For a kimchi-making experience, visit www.kimchitown.gwangju.go.kr

What to do this Weekend: Shopping, Shows, and Orphans Edition

Photo courtesy of GFN.

Photo courtesy of GFN.

The Shop Till You Drop event is here! Join in at Daein Market on Nov. 22 from 2-5 P.M. for a day of shopping on GFN! Teams of 2 or 3 people get a 50,000 won voucher to shop for foods and goods and then race to the finish.  GFN will also provide food and beverages ofter the event for participants. You can still register your teams today by emailing the registration form to reporter0508@gfn.or.kr. For more information and to download the registration form, check out the GFN event webpage. The Facebook event page has a lot of tips, clues, and event descriptions to help you in your shopping trip. Helpful hint: look at the bottom of Gwangju Blog articles from this week for clues to help you with your shopping spree.

Photo courtesy of GPP.

Photo courtesy of GPP.

The GPP Cabaret and Dessert Night show is happening Nov. 22 at 7 P.M.! It’s a night of torch singing and Broadway musical numbers at Concert 57 downtown, served with some sweet desserts. Tickets are 20,000 won and all proceeds will go towards expenses for producing the upcoming GPP performances of the play “Proof.” The suggested age for the Cabaret show is over 18 please. To check on ticket availability, contact gpptickets@gmail.com. Please notify the staff of any dietary requirements when booking. For more information, check out the Facebook event page or website.

Photo courtesy of Twisted Sister.

Photo courtesy of Twisted Sister.

Speakeasy downtown is holding an 80’s Glam Night Nov. 22 at 10 P.M., with proceeds to benefit the Adopt a Child for Christmas – Gwangju program. A make-up artist will be on hand to help you finish off your 80’s glam look, with part of the 5,000 won fee going to the Adopt a Child for Christmas charity. The event includes a costume contest, drink specials, prizes, and DJing by the one and only DJ Tavvy G from GFN, so go bang your head for some orphans and have an excellent time.

Zumba for a Cause – Gwangju is hosting a workout class to benefit the Adopt a Child for Christmas – Gwangju! Program on Nov. 23 at 12:30 P.M. at the GIC Center Downtown. The fee is 10,000 won, and is held by Cailin Noble, a certified Zumba instructor from the United States. Wear comfortable clothes and sneakers with grip. All money will be donated to Adopt-a-Child for Christmas. For more information check out the Facebook event page.

Photo courtesy of Zumba for a Cause.

Photo courtesy of Zumba for a Cause.

Plan for these upcoming events now!

There will be a small bakesale called The Orphan’s Bake Table in the foyer of the First Alleyway Restaurant on Nov. 29 from 11 A.M.-4:30 P.M. benefitting the Adopt a Child for Christmas – Gwangju program. The tables will be stocked with donated baked goods from generous folks all over Gwangju. If you want to be one of these Christmas angels and help donate your home-baked goodness, check out the Facebook event page for more information, or the bakesale volunteer’s page to sign up to donate.

Photo courtesy of The Orphan's Bake Table.

Photo courtesy of The Orphan’s Bake Table.

Alive Inside 6 will be held Nov. 29 at 7 P.M. at Club Nevermind near Daein Market. Here’s your chance to rock out to 6 different Korean heavy metal and punk rock bands, including Zen Alone, We Hate JH, BettyAss, Summer Never Comes, Sever the Ear, and Save Myself. There will be a merchandise booth so you can buy some cool band stuff, and a drink bar set up as well. Doors open at 6:30 P.M., and the cover charge is 10,000 presale and 15,000 at the door. The ticket reservation page is now open, so check out the Facebook event page, or go directly to the reservation page to buy your tickets. For more information you can contact the event organizer, Ji Hongbum at bettyass@naver.com or 010-9128-6363.

Photo courtesy of Alive Inside 6.

Photo courtesy of Alive Inside 6.

Tickets are now on sale for the four different performances of the Gwangju Performance Project’s production of “Proof” that happen at the Gwangju Art Hall downtown Dec. 6-13. The production is a drama, and suggested for ages 14 and up. Korean translation will also be provided (한국어 통역 제공). To inquire about reserving tickets, send an email to gpptickets@gmail.com. For more information about performance times and dates, a list of cast members, ticket pricing and special package deals, check out the GPP website.

Photo courtesy of GPP.

Photo courtesy of GPP.

 

Shop Till You Drop Clue: Say Cheese: Photozone it!