Gangwon Rice with Seasoned Vegetables Specialty Food in Gangwondo

Gangwon Province (Gangwondo) is blessed with a number of world-class tourist attractions and specialty foods. With the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 coming close at hand, Gangwondo is busy getting itself ready to show off the full range of its strengths to the world. Among the culinary items, Gangwon Rice with Seasoned Vegetables is especially well known and respected as a representative of our nation’s cuisine. Let's take a deep dive into the world of this amazing dish.

The dream team of unique Gangwon Province agricultural produce: “It’s our job to make Gangwon Rice with Seasoned Vegetables great!”

1. Crystal Clear Oryun Rice 

Oryun rice is an improved variety of rice developed to meet the specifications of Gangwondo cuisine. It cannot be crushed or cracked easily, so Oryun rice has a high head rice rate (i.e., there is a low occurrence of broken kernels) and a crystal clear appearance. When cooked up, Oryun rice is stickier and more delicious. 

 

2. Green Dried Vegetables Produced by Patented Technology 


[Source: Gangwondo Agricultural Research and Extension Services]
 

With its many mountains, Gangwondo is a paradise for wild edible greens. Gondeure (thistle), gomchwi (ragwort), eosuri (cow parsnip), and chamchwi (edible aster) are the main ingredients of Gangwon Rice with Seasoned Vegetables. With their refreshing fragrances and good textures, they boast high levels of nutrition and awaken your taste buds. 

The "Green Dried Vegetables" used for the Gangwon Rice with Seasoned Vegetables are made by a special method. Traditional dried vegetables look dark brown or black, since their colours change during the drying process. But green dried vegetables pass through various stages in a process scientifically designed to sustain the colour and fragrance of the original ingredients. This is why the green dried vegetables maintain the original colour and fragrance of spring herbs, even after being boiled. 

 

3. Oryun Potatoes 

 


 

Potatoes are one of Gangwondo's staple crops. Oryun potatoes in particular are a new, high-quality variety. With a high level of starch and a light density structure, they offer a smooth and sweet texture. 

How to enjoy Gangwon Rice with Seasoned Vegetables 


[Source: Gangwondo Agricultural Research and Extension Services]

The best way to enjoy Gangwon Rice with Seasoned Vegetables is to put fragrant greens and potatoes on top of cooked Oryun rice and mix them with a special sauce. Even with a single spoonful of the rice, you can enjoy the wonderful harmony of several different tastes.  


[Source: Gangwondo Agricultural Research and Extension Services]

This rice can be enjoyed with many different types of sauces, including ganjang gomchwi (soy sauce ragwort), makjang youngahja (instant type soybean paste with phyteuma japonicum), and ganjang buchucheongyang (soy sauce with leeks and hot pepper). You can select the sauce depending on your preference. Compared to other types of bibimbap (rice mixed with vegetables and meat in a bowl), Gangwon Rice with Seasoned Vegetables has a higher level of protein and also a lower level of sodium. Since it's a low sodium dish, you can enjoy it anytime without health concerns. 

Gangwon Rice with Seasoned Vegetables is a must-eat dish here in Korea. With taste and nutrition that are second to none, it’s a dish that can capture the palates of people from all around the world. If you are sick and tired of greasy and overpowering foods, try healing your body with Gangwon Rice with Seasoned Vegetables. You’ll never get tired of it, no matter how many times you have it.