1.222 Happy Family


15 (Sun) August 2010

Happy Family


at Hwanggeum Ryong

-Seongsu, Seongdong, Seoul, Korea-

with the Family

Happy Family is a Chinese dish.  Consists of various seafoods (e.g., squid, octopus, shrimp, sea cucumber), with veggies (e.g., onion, bamboo, bokchoy, broccoli), in a garlic sauce, a bit spicy.  In Korea, it’s called “palbochae (팔보채),” which breaks down as “pal (eight) + bo (treasure) + chae (sliced).”  I suspect that the name, in China, refers or once referred to a vegetarian dish but underwent a semantic mutation when Koreans got a hold of it, much like samseon.  In any case, it’s one of the Top Five most popular non-noodle dishes in the Korean-Chinese tradition.  For some reason, when the dish is served over rice as a meal, and not on a large platter to be shared by many, it’s called “japtang bap (잡탕밥),” which loosely translates to “japtang (hodgepodge) + bap (rice).”  Good stuff.


22 (Sat) January 2011

I was wrong about this dish being Happy Family, which is a different dish entirely.  This dish is in fact palbochae.


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