When it comes to mountains, height isn’t always everything. At a mere 685 meters, Maisan Mountain, located in Jianan-gun, Jeollabuk-do, may not be very tall, but it offers a great view of neighboring peaks and unique topography.
The best place to get the best of anything is at the source. You want the best pasta? Go to Italy! You’re looking for the best pad thai? Visit Thailand! The best sushi? Duh, Japan! So it’s no surprise that the best bibimbap I’ve ever eaten, I had in Korea.
Many traditional Korean restaurants specializing in vegetable and wild herb dishes were lined up along the path leading to the temple entrance. I thought I should try my luck by just walking into the first restaurant that caught my eye.
Any Korean, who has memories of going to a street market with their mom or with friends after school, would remember the Korean tongasu in the 1980s or 1990s. Japanese pork cutlet is so common in Korea these days that it is not easy to find the old Korean-style tongasu. The sauce is somewhat unique and the humble soup is unforgettable.