MenuDirections 2012: Day 2 Photos

Day two offered attendees tastes of world cuisines, info on healthy foods and a new FSD of the Year.

MenuDirections 2012, Day 2, World Cuisines, Korean

Bibimbap, which in Korean means “mixed meal,” is a simple dish containing a variety of vegetables, bulgogi beef and either a raw or fried egg, topped with a spicy-sweet sauce called gochujang. As David Yeo was preparing the dish, Becky Westby of CJ Foods explained the origins of bulgogi, an iconic Korean food that consists of marinated beef that is cooked on open fire. Historically, it was considered the exlusive purview of the wealthy and nobility.

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