What do you think is the most widely grown agricultural product in Daegu?
Apples? Well... it used to be the representative product until the early 1990s, but due to the climate change and urbanization, unfortunately, there are only a few apple orchards left here in Daegu now. Realizing the fact, the city government has designated 'lotus root' as a representative local product upon mature consideration.
Then, why lotus root? It's because Banyawol in Daegu is the nation's largest lotus root producing area where the best quality ones are cultivated.
Is this produce somewhat unfamiliar to you? It's like radish or yacon full of healthy minerals and nutrients such as tannin, vitamin c, fiber etc.
By promoting lotus root extensively, the city government tries to develope it as one of the tourist attractions of Daegu by commercializing lotus root dining with the help of 10 local restaurants.
Among those, the restaurant 소담정 (Sodamjeong) is already famous for its temple fare that includes 떡갈비(Ddukgalbi: cut mince pie made of lotus root), 연근탕수(lotus root Tangsoo: minced and fried lotus root ball with sweet and sour sauce), lotus root jelly, green salad, steamed rice covered with a lotus leaf and many other side dishes.
The dishes they serve there had no strong taste in general making your stomach comfy. Further, the steamed rice covered with a huge lotus leaf gives you a joy of eating.
The meal costs 15,000won/person
[소담정; Sodamjeong restaurant]
Address: 387-14, Sang-dong, Suseong-gu, Daegu