21 (Sun) August 2011
-Oksu, Seongdong, Seoul, Republic of Korea-
with W and DJ
Auk (아욱) is a leafy green bitter vegetable. According to various on-line sources, it’s “mallow” and/or “malvacaea,” a huge family of plants comprising 2,300 species, including some seemingly unrelated members like cotton, kola, okra, and durian.
Whatever the case, MIL made a soup of it. The strong flavor of the soup’s base doenjang didn’t allow for much of the auk flavor to come through, leaving a slightly bitter taste similar to spinach. But it was pretty good.
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