6. Jinju bibimbap
Jinju's unique bibimbap comes with "yukhoe" -- raw strips of julienned beef.
To the west of Busan, Jinju city is home to a variant of the globally popular bibimbap. It is yukhoe -- raw strips of julienned beef -- that distinguishes Jinju bibimbap from the other iterations of this South Korean staple.
It comes in a large, shiny, stainless-steel bowl, filled with a base of steamed rice, yukhoe, mung bean jelly, steamed bracken, dried seaweed gochujang (a red chili paste) and a few side dishes.
All variations of bibimbap follow the same baby food principle: sling everything in a bowl, stir it up, spice it up, and spoon it down.
Cheonhwang Sikdang, in the central market area, is the oldest and most popular bibimbap restaurant in Jinju.
Cheonhwang Sikdang, 3 Chokseok-ro207beon-Gil, Jinju, Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea; +82 55 741 2646