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Unique Jeonju Kongnamul Gukbap (Bean Sprouts Soup with Rice) Venues

 

Kongnamul gukbap (bean sprouts soup with rice) is one of the renowned delicacies from Jeonju. It’s probably the most popular hangover treatment in the morning and, price-wise, very accessible to everyone.

Made with common ingredients and easy to prepare, kongnamul gukbap was developed during the Korean War. In the 1970s, the dish was mostly sold around Jeonju Nambu Market and Jeonju Train Station. In the 1980s, kongnamul gukbap venues were found in most markets. With a rather long history, there are variou Jeonju kongnamul gukbap venues in Jeonu. Today, I’ll introduce more unique kongnamul gukbaps in Jeonju.

‘Puffer fish’ kongnamul gukbap at Chaeumi

The first venue is ‘Chaeumi Kongnamul Gukbap’ (also known as the former name ‘Bubu kongnamul Gukbap’) in Hyocheon District. The venue is open only from 07:00 till 14:00, so make sure to arrive during this time.

Although the kongnamul gukbap looks quite similar to others, the broth is very special. This venue uses puffer fish broth instead of the usual dried pollack broth! It’s the only kongnamul gukbap place in Jeonju that uses puffer fish broth.

 

I visited during the lunchtime, and the venue was quite crowded. There’re only four dishes on the menu: two kongnamul gukbap and two ramyeon. In my experience, the less dishes on the menu, the more gourmet restaurant.

I ordered all four dishes and looked around. It seemed very hygienic in that everything was clean and organized. The seats were separated by acrylic boards. The inside was wide and air-conditioned. 

 

My dishes arrived and it seemed nothing so special until I tasted the broth. Me and my friends were quite impressed by the deep and elegant flavor of the puffer fish broth. The fresh bean sprouts, chilli pepper, and spring onion enhanced the flavor too.

Although we were skeptical about the ramyeon at first, the broth of the ramyeon was great. It was the first time eating a ramyeon seemed healthy. There wasn’t too much garlic in the dishes, so the aftertaste was clean.

The bean sprouts can be refilled upon order. Also, the customers can refill rice, banchan (side dishes), and seaweed as much as they want. Although I didn’t drink alcohol yesterday, it felt like I just had a really good hangover food. This place is highly recommended if you’re looking for a rather special kongnamul gukbap.

 

​Chaewumi Kongnamul Gukbap
Address: 347 Ssukgogaero, Wansangu, Jeonju
Opening hours: 07:00~14:00 (closed on Sundays)
Contact: 063-221-3253
Price: 8,000 won ~ 7,000 won

‘Baek kimchi’ kongnamul gukbap at Sinbaengi

The second venue is Sinbaengi, famous for ‘baek kimchi’ (white kimchi made without red chilli pepper powder) kongnamul gukbap. Located in Jeonju Hanok Village, Singbaengi is a certified local food venue. I heard this place is renowned among kongnamul gukbap enthusiasts.

The venue is a hanok building. Hence, it felt very traditional. If you have ‘Jeonbuk Tour Pass’, you’re qualified for a discount here.

I’m quite impressed by the certifications and patent. A patented kongnamul gukbap sounds very interesting! The interior was neatly organized, with several places to wash hands. Most of all, I liked the view open towards the courtyard.

The menu at Sinbaengi is also rather simple with only two kongnamul gukbap and three bibimbap. Also, since the owner is a ‘kimchi master’, customers can order kimchi delivery too. I heard that the bibimbap dishes are very good, but since we came here for the ‘baek kimchi kongnamul gukbap’, we ordered it. Upon order, three different types of kimchi arrived. I loved their savoriness. My favorite was the ‘gat (mustard leaf) kimchi’.

This is the signature menu ‘baek kimchi kongnamul gukbap’. This also, at a first glance, seemed not much different from the others. However, the flavor was rather light and not overwhelming so that the kongnamul gukbap goes really well with the three kimchi. It felt really easy on the stomach.

Because of the baek kimchi, the dish wasn’t too salty or fatty. I finished both the kongnamul gukbap and the three kimchi. I guess people who don’t take spices very well will love this dish. And this patented dish is only available in Jeonju!

 

Sinbaengi
Address: Gyeonggijeongil 153-9, Wansangu, Jeonju
Opening hours: 08:00~20:00
Contact: 063-282-3030
Price: kongnamul gukbap (red kimchi, white kimchi) 7,000 won

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  • George Srivvatsan

    this is some thing that makes to lip smack and hungry as we read, super awesome , love the food recommendation , love the atmosphere and pictures shown, much love to the writer , would love to visit

  • Umar Saif

    i never knew there’s a patented dish, its so amazing to know that its available only in Jeonju , i m not a spicy food person myself, so pretty sure i would love it , it looks so healthy too , love the atmosphere of the restaurant too

  • Vignesh Vijay

    the fact that this is so special and available only in Jeonju makes me more wanting to eat it , wish i could travel soon

  • Le Anh Ton

    I luckily tried Jeonju’s famous food – kongnamul before. For me, one of the best Korean food in general. I strongly recommend it for anyone who travels to Jeonju. Thanks admin for sharing great restaurant to try it! I will save it for my next trip to Jeonju 🥰

  • Jared Sandler

    The picture taken at Chaeumi Kongnamul Gukbap of all four dishes is mouth-watering! I wonder why this renowned Jeonju establishment decided to change its name from ‘Bubu Kongnamul Gukbap’ to ‘Chaeumi Kongnamul Gukbap’. The puffer fish broth seems to be unique and worth a try.

  • Jed Rattikal

    I love Korean bean sprouts so this is a must dish I have to try!
    They look delicious. It’s only available in Jeonju so I should not miss it!

  • Mohd Zeeshan

    It’s some thing that makes to lip smack and hungry as we read, super awesome , love the food recommendation , love the atmosphere and pictures shown, much love to the writer , would love to visit.Thanks admin for sharing great restaurant to try it! I will save it for my next trip to Jeonju.the fact that this is so special and available only in Jeonju makes me more wanting to eat it , wish i could travel soon. I Love Korean Food. Yummy food and Taste.👍

  • Adil Hasan

    Dear 🙏 Jeonju I am fond of Jeonju food. And I am interested in this type of food as shown in your post. Kongnamul gubbap is one of the famous dishes of Jeonju. Yes Jeonju I can’t stop myself when it comes to food, I have always been interested in Jeonju food and enjoy the famous Jeonju dishes every year during my trip to Korea, it is really poetic. There is a load of love in all the dishes of Jeonju. The taste of all these calls me on my trip to Jeonju time and again. I could not come this year due to COVID-19 but never mind, I will definitely complete my journey next year!!

    Thank you so much for this wonderful Event.🎉

  • Muskira Ansari

    Jeonju city is immersed in its beauty, I will not be able to describe it in my post, I understand Jeonju very well. But I love Jeonju cuisine and especially my favorite Kongnamool Gukkap, I feel very good inside after eating it, it is very beneficial to eat this dish in the morning. i love jeonju city food i would like to have it once!!

  • Rakhi Sharma

    Dear, @Jeonjucity 😊😊😊 thanks for offering such kind of information.
    👇👇👇👇👇👇👇👇👇
    I actually love all of Korean food because most of them are so delicious,healthy and yummy😋😋. The first on my list is kimchi..I got obsessed with this fervented food that I can eat it everyday but unfortunately i didn’t know how to cook it and aslo it’s hard to find here in our city.
    Korean food is always my first choice from all food.
    Jeonju kongnamul gukbap is also great in taste and very delicious.

  • Ayan Azmi

    Hyee, @Jeonjucity😊😊😊😊
    Soybean sprout soup is a hearty South Korean classic that is typically associated with Jeonju. Apart from the sprouts, the soup traditionally consists of a flavorful broth and rice, but the optional ingredients may include various vegetables or an egg, which is sometimes served on the side.
    The reason i love Jeonju kongnamul gukbap would be the clean water and master chefs of the region.

  • Muskan Khan

    It’s probably the most popular hangover treatment in the morning and, price-wise, very accessible to everyone.
    Kongnamul gukbap is one of the renowned delicacies from Jeonju.
    I surprised to know that it developed during the koreanwar.
    I love its taste ver delicious, and when it served at the table my mouth get watering.
    Love it🤩🤩🤩

  • Ayat Khan

    Jeonju bibimbap and kongnamul-gukbap are the representative foods of Jeonju city. … conditions, a unique food culture has been.
    Soybean sprouts cultivated with groundwater from the Jeonju region resulted in a sweeter taste and a more delicious and crunchier texture.

  • Rocky Ansari

    Hey 😊 Jeonju {City} On hearing the name of Kongnamul gukkap, water comes in my mouth. I want to visit Jeonju I am interested in all kinds of cuisines found on this Kongnamul gukkap are fun to watch and eat. I was looking for this type of food for a long time now I am sure. That Jeonju will definitely fulfill my wishes, I will definitely come after getting some convenience.

  • Sahil Khan

    Hyee (💞💞Jeonjucity)
    Kimchi is my all tim favourite food it is not only tasty but also health beneficial. Boost immune system.
    I like to experience the delicious 😋😋taste of Baek Kimchi it is a non-spicy kimchi variety that tastes mild and refreshing. It’s particularly popular amongst kids and spicy food cautious people.
    I loved their savoriness. My favorite was the ‘gat (mustard leaf) kimchi’.

  • Danish Saifi

    Kongnamul gukbap 👈🤗🤗 looking very delicious i want to enjoy it.
    It is one of my favorite foods. I used to enjoy it in restaurants in Korea. In a clay pot, you serve some rice mixed with delicious kimchi soybean soup and extra seasoning ingredients. Oh my, it is so simple, yet so tasty – just as you would get from a Korean restaurant. I Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do.❤

    Thank you for this blog @Jeonjucity😊😊

  • Kajal Bistt

    PUFFER fish Bulgogi is my favourite.
    💝💝💝💝💝
    “Puffer fish is prepared by peeling blowfish flesh from its bones and grilling it bulgogi style, with bean sprouts and spicy condiments.

  • Sakeel Rehmani

    This information about these dishes is really worth. When i am reading the blog i am thinking to taste it right now😋😋😋.
    I amazed to see the beautiful picturesof dishes looks so delicious and tasty.
    I admire the efforts of the writer really catchy blog..

  • Suhel Ahmad

    It’s makes me hungry. the flavor was rather light and not overwhelming so that the kongnamul gukbap goes really well with the three kimchi.
    Gukbap has a better taste i way to make it in Korean makes it a perfect dish.
    Hope to travel soon to Jeonjucity .
    God please make all thing correct may the pandemic get over.😔😔😔😔

  • Hayat Khan

    Hyee, @Jeonju my all time favourite dish is puffer fish Bulgogi.
    Puffer fish Bulgogi is shown in image is my favourite. I actually love all of Korean food because most of them are so delicious,healthy and yummy o The first on my list is puffer fish Bulgogi.l got obsessed with this fervented food that I can eat it everyday but unfortunately i didn’t know how to cook it and aslo it’s hard to find here in our city. the stew has been known to be an effective hangover remedy, while the puffer fish bulgogi that is marinated in red pepper paste, is savoured by all walks of life.

  • Tawwab Khan

    Jeonjucity is really a special city of Korea and most emerging one.in every aspect food, tradition building everything is awesome💞💞💞
    the fact that this is so special and available only in Jeonju makes me more wanting to eat it.
    Hope i travel soon to Korea and Jeonjucity also.

  • Tanu Singh

    Maybe you have even i also not experienced UNIQUE JEONJU KONGNAMUL GUKBAP( soybean sprouts ) before because this is an unusual ingredient that can be hardly seen in other countries. But if i travel i definitely eat this amazing dish.

    Jeonju bibimbap and kongnamul-gukbap are the representative foods of Jeonju city. … conditions, a unique food culture has been very delicious.

  • Natashaz Grangerz

    This is a must eat when I visit Jeonju because the kongnamul gukbap uses puffer fish broth that it’s only in Jeonju so it’s so special. The Korean fresh bean sprouts are also my favorite. We don’t have the big bean sprouts like Korea.

  • Taniya Bistt

    🤩🤩🤩 Korean restaurants are very unique from other countries restaurant the locations of the restaurant are on best place from where we can get connected with villages stations and many more. The view from the restaurant is also fascinating which put stars in the meal. I wanna to have a meal of Baek kimchi’ kongnamul gukbap at Sinbaengi. I really that my wish came to complete soon🤠🤠🤠🤠

  • Touseem Ansari

    First of all I want to thank Jeonju, all about Korea. I have learned a lot of valuable information from this page. I will be traveling to Korean country very soon and will have a great taste of kongnamul gukbap food in Hanok Village. I would love to taste kongnamul gubbap first. Because I start my morning with a sumptuous meal. This kongnamul gukbap is my most popular dish.

  • Mohd Babu Ansari

    I want to go with kongnamul gubbap. It is very tasty and wonderful. This food dates back to Korean traditional times. I definitely want to taste this kongnamul gukkap. It is indeed one of the very tasty and popular dishes. I will definitely relish kongnamul gukkap while traveling to Jeonju city. It is very flavorful and flavorful. I am definitely going to Hanok Village and enjoy all best places and food.

  • Sharik Ali

    Eat once in Jeonju,” you’ll be remember for life.” Situated in the country’s southwest, Jeonju is renowned for its gastronomy and food industry, and has over the years developed into South Korea’s food capital. it one of the best cities to eat in south korea.
    I remember many famous dishes of @Jeonju i came in love with it.. i definitely once again visit to Jeonju for its amazing food.💗💗💗💗

  • Muhammad Shamim

    I want to taste Kongnamul gubbap. It is an excellent source of protein, calcium and phosphorus. It is healthy and yummy food. Thank you.

  • Shanu Siddiqi

    Very interesting dish Kongnamool Gukbap Bean Sprouts Soup with Rice is a sight to behold. One of the famous dishes of Jeonju. A favorite of mine and the people of Korea. The best time to eat Kongnamul gubbap is in the early morning of the day. Me and all my family members have a hangover cure and very beneficial for everyone’s health. Simple ingredients and easy to prepare. Kongnamul Gukbap was developed years ago during the Korean War. Since then till today the people of Korea have been eating it. Its broth is very special. You can drink it too. I would like to eat these four dishes during my trip to Jeonju, one thing is common among all restaurants in Jeonju. They are The cleanliness that you can see in all the restaurants in Jeonju. Here you will find everything neat and organized. My experience is the best and the very best.

  • World Peace

    Hello my dear Jeonju all about korea’s blog,
    Thanks for the useful information.
    this is some thing that makes to lip smack and hungry as we read, super awesome , love the food recommendation , love the atmosphere and pictures shown, much love to the writer , would love to visit. I want to taste Kongnamul gubbap. It is an excellent source of protein, calcium and phosphorus. It is healthy and yummy food. Thank you. Very interesting dish Kongnamool Gukbap Bean Sprouts Soup with Rice is a sight to behold. One of the famous dishes of Jeonju. A favorite of mine and the people of Korea. The best time to eat Kongnamul gubbap is in the early morning of the day. Me and all my family members have a hangover cure and very beneficial for everyone’s health. Simple ingredients and easy to prepare. Kongnamul Gukbap was developed years ago during the Korean War. Since then till today the people of Korea have been eating it. Its broth is very special. You can drink it too. I would like to eat these four dishes during my trip to Jeonju, one thing is common among all restaurants in Jeonju. They are The cleanliness that you can see in all the restaurants in Jeonju. Here you will find everything neat and organized. My experience is the best and the very best.

  • Vishal Kumar

    I found savor in kongnamul gukbap i glad to know is one of the renowned delicacies from Jeonju.😋😋😋😋😋😋😋I’m quite impressed by the certifications and patent. A patented kongnamul gukbap sounds very interesting! The interior was neatly organized, with several places to wash hands.

  • Ever Enrique Castillo Osorio

    These soups are really delicious, especially in winter. Having been in Korea for several years, I think the best thing for a harsh winter day is to taste one of these soups that give energy and warm up the body.

  • Rohayan Hasan

    Hi, dear
    I would really like to taste my favorite sprout soup with rice (Kongnamul-gukbap) at the beautiful cafe in Hanok Village. It is very tasty and flavourful. I thank the Jeonju team so much for sharing Korean food with us. I was always looking for this type of food. Sprouted soup with rice (Kongnamul-gukbap) This food requires less ingredients and saves time. This food is one of my most popular and favorite food.

  • Mohammad Sameer

    I really like Korean dishes a lot. Korean Dishes are really delicious and have an interesting taste. I choose Kongnamul-gukbap ​​located in the famous Hanok Village of Korea. This dish is really very famous and delicious. We all should taste it.

  • Mohd Shadab

    I have been very fond of Korean food since childhood. I have tasted the following types of Korean cuisine. Korean cuisine is actually very tasty and spicy. Due to which the growth in our body increases more rapidly. I will very soon taste Kongnamul Gukbap while traveling to Hanok Village located in Jeonju city, this dish is very tasty and spicy. I heartily congratulate and welcome Korea. We have presented you with so many delicious dishes.

  • Rifakat Husain

    First of all I want to thank Jeonju team. Which introduced us to very tasty and wonderful dishes. First of all I would love to taste Kongnamul-gukbap. Kongnamul-gukbap is very tasty and spicy. The taste of Kongnamul Gukbap in a traditional beautiful cafe in Hanok Village will be really delicious and flavourful. I will really visit Jeonju city very soon and enjoy the wonderful cuisine.

  • Najis Be

    Unique Jeonju Kongnamul Gukbap is one of my favorite dishes. It is very tasty and wonderful. I always think about Kongnamul Gukbap. But haven’t tasted it yet. I will taste the wonderfully delicious dish of Kongnamul Gukbap during my visit to the Korean country. It is very tasty and spicy and efficiently healthy.

  • Faizan Raza

    I am very impressed with all your posts. You have presented very important information. I am very fond of Korean cuisine. I would love to taste Korea Kongnamul Gukbap. This is a very tasty and spicy dish. I am planning to visit famous Hanok Village of Korea very soon with my friends. Very soon I will taste Kongnamul Gukbap in Hanok Village.

  • Palak Thakur

    I like all the Korean dishes very delicious specially the kimchi is my favourite it’s not only delicious but also healthy.These are very delicious and awesome in taste. I wanna to visit Jeonjucity the food capital of korea..
    Soybean sprouts are widely used in Korean cooking. As an example, Korean soybean sprout salad (Kongnamul Muchim) is a popular side dish you can make with them.

  • Soontare Suntares

    I read this blog during my dinner time so it makes me really hungry. I miss Korean foods so much. I want to eat baek kimchi kongnamul gukbap with three different kimchi to find what I like the most. I think I will love this dish. It looks so delicious for me.

  • Munazir Ali

    The cafes are so adorable the best thing is that all the cafes served kongnamul gukbap in different.it is really nice as tourist every time get a new experience. I firstly want to take the experience at Sinbaengi. It is really fascinating.
    Hope to travel soon..🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉

  • Sameer Alam

    South Korea’s most delicious dishes. Jeonju kongnamul gukbap (bean sprouts soup with rice) made into the list. kongnamul gukbap is more traditional, because the broth and bean sprouts are cooked separately. This method preserves the crispiness of bean sprouts., the history of Jeonju kongnamul gukbap cannot be separated from Jeonju Nambu Market. Hyundaeok is one of the oldest Jeonju kongnamul gukbap venues that started in the market.🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩

  • May Anne Doria

    Jeonju Food Trip! ❤️ Automatically added on my bucketlists! ❤️

  • Le Anh Ton

    Such great guidelines for famous restaurants in Jeonju. Jeonju is notorious for not only bibimbap but also kongnamul gukbap – a must-try food here that many foreigners may not know. It’s so fresh and healthy. Don’t miss when coming visit Jeonju ^^

  • Anas Ali

    I really like this dish
    Hope i will take a meal of it soon..

  • Rythem Hong

    I like all of your articles very much i get very important information about Jeonjucity. ✅✅✅✅✅
    ​Jeonju is famous for kongnamul gukbap (bean sprouts and rice soup). There are nationwide famous venues specializing in this local dish.
    Growing sprouts upside down – interesting idea, I hope it really does help to enhance nutrition.
    Amazing! Everything looks delicious!