Korean Festival Eastbourne UK



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Korean Food at the Korean Arts Festival in Eastbourne



The origins of Korean food can be traced back to Korea's nomadic and agricultural traditions, as well as the varied topography and seasonal climate. Vegetables, grains and seafood have played a major role in Korea's food traditions, and there is no shortage of fermented, salted and preserved dishes which lend elements of flavour and health to every meal. 

Korean food is so much more than just fuel - it is medicine, it is a chance to bond with family and friends and it is a major part of Korean culture. Read on to learn about some of Korea's most popular dishes. 

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Korean food at the Korean arts festival in Eastbourne, UK bibimbap


One of Korea's most famous dishes. The word “bibim“ literally means "mixed", and the word "bap" means "cooked rice". Bibimbap is served as a bowl of warm white rice topped with namul (sautéed and seasoned vegetables) and gochujang (chili pepper paste), soy sauce, or doenjang (a fermented soybean paste). It includes many diverse cooked and pickled vegetables that make for very healthy ingredients. A fried egg and sliced meat (usually beef) are common additions. The hot dish is stirred together thoroughly just before eating.

Korean food at the Korean arts festival in Eastbourne, UK jeon


Traditionally, jeon is made by mixing together minced seafood(or meat), vegetables such as scallions and chillies and coating it all with wheat flour and egg wash. The mixture is then oil fried into a pancake shape, cut into squares and served hot as an appetiser or banchan(side dish).

Korean food at the Korean arts festival in Eastbourne, UK galbi


"Galbi" literally means "rib" in Korean, usually prepared using beef short ribs. A type of Korean BBQ dish, it is usually paired with a sweet, savoury sauce made of soya, garlic and sugar.

Korean food at the Korean arts festival in Eastbourne, UK japchae


Another famed traditional Korean food, japchae is commonly served as banchan(a side dish), and often comes with rice. The glass noodles are cooked with a variety of vegetables, mushrooms and meat and served on special occasions including birthdays, holidays and weddings.





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