Hansik : Korean Foods
The home-style cooking of Jeonju has strong historical tradition, whereas Kongnamul Kukbap(Bean sprout soup with rice) and Kongnamul Bibimbap(Bean sprout bibimbap) have only about 200 years of history, which is developed in the Jeonju Nambakjang(Southern market) as the later days of the Joseon Dynasty’s market economy vitalizes. The history of Korean Table d'hote is even shorter, since it is the commercialized Jeonju-style meal in the time under the rule of Japanese imperialism. The Korean Table d’hote is the commercialization of Korean-style food. The restaurants for Korean homemade food and Korean Table d'hote are thriving around the former Jeonbuk provincial government building, where the ancient provincial office was located, maybe because of the taste of Aris worked in the office.
‘In Joseon Dynasty, the Ari was the descendants of distinguished families.'
In the Joseon Dynasty, Jeonju was the place where produces majority of gwageo (the highest-level state examination to recruit ranking officials during Joseon Dynasty) passers in Jeolla Province, and most of them were from Ari families. Ari families were the group maintaining the power by the country ruling power of the Jeonju having the tradition of the Goryeo dynasty one's hometown group. The sttatus of the local government official fell to the land as the Joseon Dynasty centralized power was strengthened. However, Ari of Jeonju were landed proprietor group maintaining the tradition of the country power. The powerful local families are the local elites who maintain one's family and possess the intellectual capacity. This local elite belonged to the scholar group. During Joseon Dynasty, scholar population appears as the main body maintaining the local culture. Pansori was also these Ari's culture, not farmers' culture.
The tradition of the Post Baekje Royal descendants was succeeded to the Goryeo dynasty country ruling power. The blood was succeeded to the Joseon Dynasty Ari group but the landed proprietor base was ruined in the later days of the Chosun Dynasty, so the homemade food also lost its light. On the contrary, Kongnamul Gukbap(bean sprout soup with rice) and Kongnamul Bibimbap(Rice with Bean sprout and other ingredients) got to begin in the Jeonju Nammoonbakk market(Southern market), which prospered in the later days of the Chosun Dynasty. Along with the growth of Jeonju Nambu market, the merchants of eight provinces of the whole nation came to this place, and market was formed wide enough to Dagadong in the west side. The market did the function of the Permanent market in which it holds a market nearly everyday and the bean sprout soup with rice and Bean sprout bibimbap enjoyed the prosperous condition among the market food.
Representing Korean foods which is getting a lot of attention as well-being food, the Jeonju-si is not only trying to globalize the taste of Jeonju through the development of operating system with industrialization and branding to compete with the world, but also promoting the commercialization of Korean foods with the development of tasty and wholesome traditional sauces, holding an event called 'the flavor festival of a thousand years in Jeonju’, excavation of masters and attractions for Jeonju foods, etc.