Korean Bulgogi House, a Korean restaurant, opened recently in Chambersburg, gives Wilson students a chance to enjoy exotic foods. Korean women, Juni Kim and Connie Lim who came to the U.S. a few decades ago decided to start their business in August. The restaurant’s name is inspired by "Bulgogi," which is traditional Korean pork. Bulgogi is barbecued which has sweet flavor.
Korean food new to Chambersburg customers
Korean food is still very unfamiliar to the Chambersburg community, but chef Lim is proud of her food. "Many people think Korean food is the same as Chinese food, but it’s not true. If you visit a Chinese restaurant, you can taste the difference. Chinese food is usually fried using a lot of oil which can cause obesity. We usually grill our food." During grilling, food loses all of its fat.
Kimchi central to Korean cuisine
In addition, Korean Bulgogi House provides homemade Kimchi. Kimchi is the most popular Korean food and is eaten almost every day, and is similar to American’s taste for bread. However making Kimchi is not easy. It is a fermented food, so it takes a long time. Plus, in Chambersburg, it is difficult to get ingredients. "At first, it was hard to make Kimchi because for our restaurant, it requires cooking over 300 cabbages. But Kimchi is an important Korean food, which is why I cook Kimchi every three weeks," Lim said.
Lim explains her heritage
"I love cooking and my mom who still lives in my hometown, Seoul, runs a small restaurant. I’ve left my home country, but I wanted to cook authentic Korean foods. My friend of 17 years, Connie and I decided to start a business in Chambersburg where many Korean people live," Lim says.
Every year, some Korean exchange students come to stay in Chambersburg. When Kim and Lim started their business, they planned for their targets to be Korean people, but now they appeal to Americans as well. Lim says, "Our food can be called fusion. I’ve lived here for over 20 years. I’m familiar with Korean foods and American foods as well. My appetite has two cultures." Their latest original creation is a soybean chicken dish. Instead of a hot and spicy flavor, Lim made a sweet sauce with soybeans.
Friendly Chef Connie
Iris McLane ‘13 says "I often go to the Korean Bulgogi House, because it’s near to my house and chef Connie is friendly. I don’t like spicy foods, but I love their Bulgogi Quesadilla and Bibimbap." Bibimbap is a healthy mix of cooked rice and vegetables, and according to Kim, is one of their most famous dishes. More information can be found on the "Korean Bulgogi House" Facebook page. Visit the Bulgogi House at 408 West Loudon St, Chambersburg, PA 17201.