22 (Sat) October 2011
-Nonhyeon, Gangnam, Seoul, Republic of Korea-
with W and DJ, the In-Laws
Obaltan (오발탄) is a Korean chain restaurant. 18 locations in Korea, 1 in Chine. Specializes in various cow intestines, grilled at the table. The name of the place, surely ironic on purpose, means “misfired round.”
Daechang (대창) is the cow’s large intestine.
At Obaltan, it came marinated in a delicate spicy/sweet soy sauce. Grilled over live coals, the tubes rendered down to about half the original size, leaving a chewy casing that bursts open with fat. And nary a trace of the stink associated with other types of intestine. Absolute perfection. At 27,000 won (plus 10% tax) for a 180-gram serving – more like 90 grams in the end – the dish is extremely expensive, but well worth it.
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