We started off day 2 with a drive back to Haeundae Beach for a taste of Busan’s tastiest abalone porridge. Chinese and Koreans are really big on abalone. Koreans seem to like making it into porridge. I’ve seen abalone flavored instant porridge and ramen at the Korean supermarkets, but never really had any fresh versions before. Wonjo Jeonbokjook specializes in abalone bimbimbap and porridge.
I don’t know about you, but when I think about porridge, I think about something white. So I was pretty amazed to be served this earthy green bowl of soul warming breakfast. The green color came from the guts of the abalone, while the meat was generously sliced throughout. It’s vibrant color was a contrast to its light oceanic flavor. I quite enjoyed this as a start to the day.
Bimbimbap must be Korea’s national dish. They make it in so many variations. I liked the abalone version better than the yukke bimbimbap we had the other day.
While it didn’t seem like a lot of food for 2 people, I was pretty stuffed. It was great trying some new Korean flavors and dishes I’ve never had before. I enjoyed the porridge, but can’t say it’s something I will need to have again. At the end of the day, sometimes porridge is just porridge.
10 – You NEED to eat here
9 – Awesome
8 – Very good
7 – Good*
6 – OK
5 – Average
4 – Not bad
3 – Not good
2 – Terrible
1 – Do NOT eat here
*Not likely friendly to tourists. Not exactly sure how much English is spoken and there is no English or picture menu.