Cycle 4 – Item 286
18 (Fri) October 2013
at Oksu Haemul Jjim & Kal Guksu
-Oksu, Seongdong, Seoul, Republic of Korea-
with the Family, Mom + Dad
Oksu Haemul Jjim & Kal Guksu is a Korean restaurant. Limited menu includes haemul/agu jjim and bajirak kal guksu.
Haemul Jjim (해물찜) is a Korean dish. It consists of various seafoods – usually a combination of octopus + squid + shrimp + shellfish + crab + sea snails – stir-fried in gochujang with bean sprouts and minari. Essentially the same thing as agu jjim, only with a diversity of ingredients. I don’t know which came first.
Rather than the food per se, I suspect that the main draw is the perception of generous portion. A small order of the haemul jjim, at 43,000 won, reasonably enough for 4. Very impressive heaping pile when brought to the table. On further inspection, it’s mostly just bean sprouts along with a handful of clams and mussels and snails, one shrimp, one octopus, a chunk of crab, some monkfish, fish guts, etc. Not overly spicy (contrary to what the color would suggest), a tad sweet. Generally, pretty good. The main drawback is that they don’t make a fried rice with the remaining sauce, SOP at most places.
(See also GLOBAL FOOD GLOSSARY)
(See also RESTAURANTS IN KOREA)