16 (Thu) September 2010
-Sinsa, Gangnam, Seoul, Korea-
Engawa is a cut of fish. It’s the chewy fin section of the fish that I believe is called “fluke” in English and “hirame” in Japanese, a flat bottom dweller related in some way to the halibut.
Without question, engawa is my favorite cut for sushi.
Sakanaya is a Japanese restaurant. A conveyor-belt sushi chain that I discussed in a prior post on a different location. The food’s not bad, just ridiculously expensive, most plates worth grabbing priced at 7,000 won and up.
DJ suddenly expressed a craving for eel, which he calls “flotsam-jetsam” (after the villain octopus Ursula’s two henchmen in The Little Mermaid, who are eels). We went to Sakanaya. By coincidence, the daily special just happened to be fresh boat-caught eel at 10,000 won a pop. He ended up eating 5 plates total. So long as he enjoyed it, it was worth it.
On a side note, I discovered that I’d lost my wallet en route to the restaurant, so I had to call a friend to come and pay for the meal. When he saw the bill, 90,000 won (engawa is pricy, too), he did a literal double-take and asked, “Wait, it was just the two of you, right? You and the kid? What were you eating?!?”