8 (Wed) August 2012
Son Dubu Jeongol
at Seowon Hanwoo Jeonmunjeom
-Changchon, Seowon, Hoengseong, Republic of Korea-
with the Family, Aunt T and Uncle S
Cabin Retreat (Day 3 of 4)
We spent the afternoon playing farmer on the nearby farm owned/managed by my mother’s sister and her husband. By “playing farmer,” I mean that we watched DJ pick a few tomatoes off the vine.
Afterwards, my aunt and uncle treated us to dinner at a local restaurant.
The place didn’t have much of a proper name beyond a general description of what’s on the menu: Seowon (the name of the neighborhood) Hanwoo (“Korean beef”) Jeonmunjeom (“specialty store/restaurant”). It’s a barbecue restaurant, ostensibly.
Instead, we ordered the son dubu jeongol, a hotpot of tofu (dubu), made here by hand (son). The broth was seasoned with deulggae (perilla seeds), giving it a bitter earthy flavor, one that I’m not particularly fond of but W adores. The tofu itself was exquisite, soft yet chewy, light yet rich, subtly yet unmistakably nutty. Topped with buchu, enoki mushrooms, garlic, and ground red chili, it tasted unlike any jeongol that I’ve ever had. Just 7,000 won per serving (the photo shows 4 servings).
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