Cycle 3 – Item 310
10 (Sat) November 2012
English Fish & Chips
from Battered Sole
at Odeng & Sake
-Yeouido, Yeongdeungpo, Seoul, Republic of Korea-
with W, CJH + KKH, HSE + HCY, KIT, LHS
Project 30/30/30: 10 of 45 (see also 45/45/45)
Throughout this November, I am challenging myself to eat 30 dishes from 30 countries over the course of 30 consecutive days.
England is the 10th country.
Battered Sole is an English pub.
About a month ago, in the comments under a post about the fish & chips, the owner of Battered Sole invited me to try the goods at his own restaurant (see comments at 2.167 Fish & Chips). It just so happens that it’s located in Sinchon, literally next door to KIT’s The Kimchi Jjigae. Having seen the signage, I’d been meaning to give Battered Sole a try, the name alone meriting at least one visit.
As the members of the camping crew were grabbing takeout and gathering for potluck dinner at the site of LHS’s soon-to-be-opened pub, I asked KIT to bring a few items from Battered Sole.
The fish & chips were pretty good. Despite its general nature as a dish that doesn’t travel very well, neither the fish nor the chips had succumbed to sogginess, both retaining a bit of chew even after 30 minutes wrapped in newspaper. The chips were wedge-cut potatoes, way better than run-of-the-mill fries. The fish comprised one gorgeously long cod(?) fillet with luscious flesh breaking off into large chunks. The deep-fried exterior had the bittersweet richness of a beer-based batter. Inside, the meat was perfectly seasoned. The proprietary tartare sauce was outstanding, simultaneously creamy and tangy and herby. All in all, the meal was certainly worth another shot, next time properly at the restaurant.
(See also GLOBAL FOOD GLOSSARY)
(See also RESTAURANTS IN KOREA)