My friends and I headed to Apsan for a hike, and then some food afterwards. We found Gonjigonji (Onggiboribap) Restaurant, a healthy choice after our morning hike. Boribap (보리밥) is barley and rice boiled together and mixed with a lot more banchan. It is then flavored with dwenjang. This can be a good option for vegetarians, though often one or two fish dishes may be included.
My friend recommended the gondeurae dolsotbap (곤드레돌솥밥), as the root is a regional food to the province. It translates to the Lanceolate root, called 'Sasam' in Chinese characters. It tastes sweetly bitter. Dolsot, meaning "stone pot", is a very hot stone bowl in which the rice is cooked against the sides of the bowl.
After taking the rice out and mixing it with other side vegetables you pour rice water into it and covering it with the wooden cover. After finishing your meal, the leftover toasted rice from the sides of the bowl melt into the water, giving you a crunchy chewy treat at the end.
The barbequed pork on charcoal fire, the bulgogi, was delicious. It was a perfect amount of spice that set off a good start to the meal and the less flavorful rice dishes. I highly recommend it. The boiled barley camed with a lot of side dishes and special fermented soybean paste that is a little different from the regular fermented bean paste stew. It is a bit more frothy as it is the leftover of when you do make dwenjjang.
There is plenty of banchan with the dishes and a great place to have traditional korean food after a good hike.
[Gonjigonji (Onggiboribap) Restaurant - 곤지곤지 (옹기보리밥) - 앞산]
-Address: Daegu Namgu Daemyeong9dong 540-19(대구광역시 남구 대명9동 540-19)