14 (Sat) May 2011
Haemul Dubu Jeongol
-Oksu, Seongdong, Seoul, Republic of Korea-
with W and DJ, Dad
Kongbbadu (콩빠두) is a Korean restaurant. Specializes in tofu. The name of the place is a portmanteau of “kongmulae bbajin dubu” (콩에 빠진 두부), which means “tofu (dubu) that’s fallen/submerged (bbajin) in bean juice (kongmul).” Their signature dish is a bowl of hand-made tofu served in a chilled white liquid derived from pressing soy beans.
Although the dish presented here is called “jeongol” on the menu, it was more of a simple jjigae (찌개). In fact, it tasted exactly like sundubu jjigae but with the tofu inexplicably crumbled and incorporated into the broth. And the amount of seafood (haemul) was paltry, most of the clams being dead or too sickly to open. At 25,000 won, a total ripoff. But it tasted alright, I guess.
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