The first time I tried a Korean dish was in 2007, it was during Christmas holiday, and approximately the 2nd week of being a wife to my dear husband. It was a wedding treat by hubby's eldest cousin, at a posh Korean restaurant located in Starhill. We ate Korean BBQ...
Last week, one of my office mates suggested that we tried Korean food for lunch. We went to Ko Hyang Restaurant located at Shaftsburry Square in Cyberjaya. As most of us were first timers, we took quite sometime "analyzing" the menu before decided on what to eat. Being clueless, I even called my little sister's opinion on what should I order...haha!
After a while, we decided to go for different types of meal to compare and taste with. Hehe. Yours truly finally decided to go safe by ordering Korean signature dish; the Bi Bim Bab (comel jerk nama :P).
My Bi Bim Bab
According to wikipedia, Bi Bim Bab literally means "mixed rice". Bibimbap is served as a bowl of warm white rice topped with namul (sautéed and seasoned vegetables) and gochujang (chili pepper paste). It was served with a fried egg and sliced beefs. The ingredients are stirred together thoroughly just before eating. Just like our Nasi Kerabu :) It can be served either cold or hot.
My Bi Bim Bab is also served with Miyeok guk; a sea vegetable soup. What an interesting fact about this soup is, Miyeok guk is typically consumed by women after giving birth as miyeok contains a high content of calcium and iodine, nutrients that are important for nursing mothers. Many women consume it during the pregnancy phase as well. It is also traditionally eaten on birthdays for this reason, a reminder of the first food that the mother has eaten and passed on to her newborn through her milk, thus bringing good fortune for the rest of the year. Now breastfeeding mommies, you can add another dish to your list for increasing your milk supply! :)
Each of the Korean dish that we had in the restaurant also came with condiments; the potatoes + carrot (on the left), sweet anchovies, and the famous Kimchi! :)
To me, Korean food is quite interesting...in terms of flavour, and presentation. Healthy too! Would I care to come back here? Oh yes, would love to try out Yuk Gae Jang - the spicy chicken/beef stew next! :)