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A 'town' where Korean beef is gathered
There is a place for Korean beef, by Korean beef, and only for Korean beef. The main characters are residents of Korean beef farmers and Korean beef villages with Korean beef raised and raised in that region, and can be found all over the country. âVillage,â which means a cluster of low-roofed houses in the countryside, is a word that is somewhat unfamiliar in the city, and even conveys a feeling of warmth.
However, if it's just a name, it doesn't matter what the price is. There are also people who say, âGold calf, golden calf, but just like putting it in gold, a small price is gold.â The editors agree. From the farmhouse to our table, Korean beef must go through a complex distribution process of 8 to 9 steps.
âLivestock Farmer – Farmer – Cow Market – China, Wholesaler – Slaughter, Dismantling – Processors – Collectors – Butchers – Consumersâ
A difficult cow's journey.. The burden on consumers is growing like a snowball
Because of this, beef intake is increasing year by year, but the proportion of Korean beef is only falling.
The high status of Korean beef, which faces the country's political and social phenomena such as foot-and-mouth disease, anti-solicitation laws, and economic contraction, seems to be at risk as if it were standing on a spire. However, there are also efforts by people to revive Korean beef. There are places that want to supply fresher and cheaper Korean beef by reducing complicated processes. This is the case with the Korean beef village I mentioned earlier.
In this section, I would like to introduce Korean beef food and related festivals and events centered around Korean beef villages across the country.
*Guangxi Cow Korean Beef Village
There are many Korean beef yakiniku restaurants in Gwangsi So-gil, Gwangmyeon, Yesan-gun, Chungcheongnam-do. Gwangsi-myeon was a small rural village, but it grew in size when a Korean beef farmer started opening a butcher restaurant more than 30 years ago, and now there are more than 100 stores, including a butcher shop.
The main menu at Guangxi Korean Beef Village is a Korean beef cow special, where Korean beef is slaughtered directly or processed at low temperature from a nearby farm, so the meat is soft and fresh.
At the entrance to Gwangmyeon Village, there is the Guangxi Korean Beef Theme Park, which is decorated with various Korean beef-shaped sculptures and designs, providing visitors with a different experience and place to relax.
*Jeongeup Mountain Village
Jeongeup Sanwae Village is the beginning of butcher restaurants in Korea. It was founded in 2005 by several Korean beef farmers by eliminating the distribution process and dealing directly with consumers to overcome the difficult reality of livestock farming. Starting from this place, Korean beef villages across the country benchmarked, and many Korean beef villages have sprung up. In 2009, during the boom period, 500,000 tourists visited each year and boasted its reputation.
The village outside of Jeongeup reduces distribution costs by slaughtering only into 4 parts at the slaughterhouse and finishing work at the butcher shop, and sells only cows and bigasewers directly on the principle of peeling. Currently, there are 28 restaurants where you can enjoy various cuts such as sirloin, lean meat, tenderloin, and skirt meat. At this place, you can also enjoy gochujang yukhoe, which is Jeolla-do style yukhoe, and the umami is excellent.
Also, as a festival that began in 1996, the âJeongeup National Folk Cow Fight Contestâ, which was selected as a cultural tourism festival designated by the government in 2003, is held every year. Unlike Spanish bullfighting, it's a method where cows and cows fight to determine the final winner. During the competition period, they sell Korean beef and other agricultural specialties at reasonable prices, and they also run a food market, so it's a great place to visit.
*Hoengseong Korean Beef Complex
In Korea, âcow!â When you think about it, the first place that comes to mind is Hoengseong, isn't it? It is said that people say Seoul to Jeju, followed by Hoengseong for cows. Hoengseong Korean beef naturally gained weight by overcoming the cold in the pristine nature and high mountains of Gangwon Province. Since Seoul was called Hanyang, Woo Market in Hoengseong was famous.
Hoengseong Korean beef is fed after being castrated from 4 to 6 months old, raised and slaughtered according to a premium meat production program, and then aged in a maturing room. Since all beef is thoroughly processed according to a production history tracking system, reliability is high. Recently, it is said that Hoengseong Hanwoo is planning a local promotion to expand beyond Korea to Hong Kong and other Asian countries.
The Hoengseong Korean Beef Festival is the most famous and largest Korean beef festival in the country, and various events such as a Korean beef parade, a Korean beef tasting corner, LED roses, and a night light festival are also held.
Cut the high-grade parts of a Korean beef cow (sirloin, ribs, flower meat, deciduous meat, etc.) into small pieces and marinate them in pear juice
âEonyang Bulgogiâ is a dish mixed with sauce and grilled on a grill
*Eonyang Yakiniku Special Zone
Eonyang is the first place designated as a special yakiniku zone in the country. I don't know where Eonyang is, but I've probably heard Eonyang yakiniku at least once. Although the cooking method is similar to Nibani, Eonyang yakiniku is characterized by using only minimal seasoning on sliced meat to make the most of the meat's flavor. Therefore, it is said that only cows that have given birth to 1 or 2 young are slaughtered for tender meat.
The period when Eonyang yakiniku became famous began when expressways entered Korea in the 1960s. Word of mouth began to spread from the workers involved in the construction, and yakiniku restaurants began to open with the opening of the expressway.
Currently, there are 30 specialty restaurants in Eonyang-eup, and the Eonyang Korean Beef Bulgogi Festival has been held since 1999, and 150,000 to 200,000 people visit each year. During the event, you can buy Eonyang Korean beef at a lower price than on the market, and there are also events such as the Yakiniku Power Market Contest where housewives compete for strength, and the Eonyang Bulgogi Music Festival.
*Jeongnam-jin Jangheung Saturday Market
Jangheung Saturday Market in Jeongnam-jin was selected as one of the top 100 tourist attractions in Korea from 2017 to 2018. It is a place where you can enjoy Korean beef samgyeop and Korean beef sausage made from Jangheung Korean beef along with wild herbs and shiitake mushrooms, a local specialty of Jangheung. Jangheung Toyo Market reopened its doors in July 2005 to revive Jangheung-chang, which was the 5th largest market in Hunan in the past. All grandmothers who come to Jangheung Saturday Market wear name tags to enhance the image of the market by implementing a real-name system to block rip-off fees and foreign merchants from entering.
Jangheung Samhap is grilled and eaten with shiitake mushrooms, a specialty of Jangheung, and shellfish and beef exported to Japan, all cooked with a specialty of Jangheung called jago-nara. Jangheung Toyo Market uses only Korean beef that has been slaughtered the day before or on the same day, so you can enjoy fresh meat. The population is about 42,000 people, and it is said that there are about 50,000 Korean beef, so âKorean Beef Villageâ is really true.
The market is open all the time, but it's more than twice as large on Saturday, so I recommend visiting on Saturday if you want to enjoy a variety of food and events.
Another way to enjoy Korean beef at a reasonable price
Is there a way to enjoy Korean beef villages at a reasonable price without visiting them? A small tip for those who do.
November 1 is âKorean Beef Dayâ established by relevant organizations such as the Korean Beef Association. It was established in 2008 to promote the best taste of Korean beef, inspired by the fact that there are three straight characters (1) in a cow (cow) character. It's a bit more unnatural than Samgyeopsal Day, but… What how! It is said that Korean beef can be purchased at a reasonable price at large supermarkets around the country on this day, so it's a good idea to mark a small mark on the calendar.
Why don't you leave memories of your trip with unforgettable Korean beef flavors in Korean beef villages around the country, which is always a pity because you can't eat to your heart's content, and Korean beef villages all over the country, which are full of local characteristics?