Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The Best Bibimbap in Jeonju

Over at Zenkimchi, Rob McGovern has written a thought provoking article on where to get the best bibimbap in Jeonju, but there's one place he hasn't mentioned...

Best Bibimbap in Jeonju

중앙회관 offers the best bibimbap experience I've ever had in that lovely city and I highly recommend a visit if you have the chance.

Best Bibimbap in Jeonju

For 10,000 won you can get the 옛날 가마솥 비빔밥 (Old Style Stone Bowl Bibimbap) and it's worth every penny.

Best Bibimbap in Jeonju

It's a thing of beauty...

Best Bibimbap in Jeonju

That is then beaten to within an inch of its life by the restaurant's resident mixologist.

Best Bibimbap in Jeonju

Stand out side dishes include the mysterious yellow jelly of deliciousness (황포묵)...

Best Bibimbap in Jeonju

And a heavenly marinated grilled fish.

Best Bibimbap in Jeonju

Great service, great food and beautiful bibimbap.

Best Bibimbap in Jeonju

Plus their 해물 파전 (Seafood Pancake) for 10,000 won is worth splashing out for. Crispy, crispy joy on a plate.

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So there you have it, my personal pick for the best bibimbap in Jeonju. All that remains is for me to try out Rob's recommendations... I'll be heading down to Jeonju in August for a little bowl of bibimbap heaven.

Monday, June 28, 2010

A Bigger Better "What The Book?"

What The Book

UPDATE: Thanks to @stevenward on twitter, I can now tell you the opening date is fixed for July 7th.

If, like me, you find yourself spending a sizeable part of your paycheck on books then you'll be pleased to know that What the Book? is moving to a bigger and hopefully better location!

They say they'll be moving at the "beginning of July, 2010", but there's no concrete date yet. Still the new storefront looks enticing enough and I'm sure I'll be spending far too much in the new place as well...

You can find it by coming out of exit 1 of Itaewon station, head toward Noksapyeong and you'll find it just past Burger King on the right hand side.

Friday, June 25, 2010


War Memorial HDR

Sixty years today since the Korean war began.

My wife is in Brisbane performing a show called 내 사랑 DMZ (My Love DMZ) to commemorate the occasion. I translated the show and prepared surtitles for the performance. It's filled with a mixture of strange songs, old and new, but this one stood out:

우거진 수풀을 헤치면서 앞으로 앞으로
추풍령아 잘있거라 우리는 돌진한다
달빛어린 고개에서 마지막 나누어 피던
화랑담배 연기속에 사라진 전우야
고개를 넘어서 물을 건너 앞으로 앞으로
한강수야 잘 있느냐 우리는 돌아왔다
흙이 묻은 철갑모를 손으로 어루만지니
떠오른다 네 얼굴이 꽃같이 별같이

Making our way through the rough undergrowth,
Onwards and onwards we go.
Goodbye to the homes and the places we know,
Rushing onwards we go.
Under the moonlight on top of the hill,
We share a last cigarette.
Suddenly our lost comrade appears
In the smoke and we cannot forget.
Over hill, over stream we carry on,
Onwards and onwards we go.
Till the welcoming river of Seoul appears
And we are safe back home.
But the ground is covered with dirty tin hats
And we touch each one as we go.
I remember your face, my comrade, my friend.
Like a star, like a flower in the snow.

It's a shortened version of 전우야 잘자라 (Sleep Well Jeon-woo). All mistakes in interpretation and translation are mine. Apologies in advance if any have been made...

War Memorial HDR

Photos taken at The War Memorial of Korea in Yongsan. May all who suffered rest in peace.