Origin of Gulbi

Since long time ago, Younggwang Gulbi has been renowned as a specialty of Beopseongpo to cater to king's table. The name "Gulbi' originated from the following episode. 

During the reign of Yejongjo, the 16th king of Goryeo Dynasty, Lee, Jagyeom made King Yejongjo marry her daughter, Soondeok. 

After Soondeok gave birth to Injong, he made Injong succeed the throne. In addition, Lee also made Injong marry his 3rd and 4th daughters. In this way, he grasped power and dreamed to be a king himself. But, as Choi, Sa Jeon bought off Chek, Jungyeong who was a company of Lee, Jagyeom, he was arrested and exiled to Beopseongpo. In Beopseongpo, he experienced a dried yellow croaker and presented them to the king. At that time, he named them gulbi(which means "not yielding") to show his undaunted will to the king lest they be interpreted as an adulation to relieve his guilty.

The pampering supreme flavor of Beopseongpo Lotus-Tea Gulbi

Younggwang Beopseongpo Gulbi has been served as the royal meal, which testifies the highest quality of the food. Now, we also serve you with the same quality and flavor of our Lotus-Tea Gulbi. 

Differences of Beopseongpo Gulbi from thosed produced in other regions

Section Younggwang Gulbi Other Gulbis
Material Only yellow corbina has been used Other or similar fish used
Salinity Preserved in salt Prserved in salty water
Drying Method Nturally dried in adequate sea wind, humidity and sunshine Commonly, artificially dried
Nutrition No loss on nutrition and Best protein quality Loss in nutrition as they are preserved in water
Keeping long term preservation is possible long term preservation is impossible
(though the long term preservation is possible appearances seem good, inner part may have gone bad
Comparison of Ordinary Gulbi and Lotus Tea Gulbi

Section Gulbi Lotus tea Gulbi Section Gulbi Lotus tea Gulbi
Moisture 81.7% 32.5% Iron 1.5mg 7.2mg
Protein 18.3 44.4 Vitamin B1 0.02mg 0.19mg
Fat 0.3 15.2 Vitamin B2 0.34mg 0.18mg
Calcium Oxide 1.3 8.6. Niacine 7.7 13.2
Calcium 26mg 68mg Sugar 0.3 0.3
Phosphorus 200mg 950mg Energy 316cal 316cal

There is almost no loss in nutrition when gulbi is salted and processed according to the above table. Gulbi has much amount of protein, it is good for the growth of children, recovery form illness and good digestion. (from Food Cartel. Dr. Yoo Tea Jong - a professor of Goryeo University)


Strictly select fresh croakers are kept for 5~24 hours after salt applying with bay-salt. 

Then, they are washed 3-4 times with clean salty water and 10(or 20 in case of small croakers) croakers are bundled with straw. 

Each bundled gulbi is suspended on the log hanger (of which diameter is more than 15 cm) in proper location. 

Processing is finalized after drying under the sun for 3-4 months in Beopseongpo, Younggwang where is free of air pollution and has most appropriate sea winds and humidity. 


Please hang gulbi in the airy shadow to avoid disqualification. For some products, you may keep it in freezing compartment of refrigerator after wrapping and drying it for 2-3 days. In summer season, you'd better keep it in refrigerator lest it go bad due to a yellow oil from the croaker.

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