4.286 Haemul Jjim

Cycle 4 – Item 286

18 (Fri) October 2013

Haemul Jjim


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.

Opened recently, the newest addition to the Oksu restaurant scene.

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.

Packed to capacity at peak hours.

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.



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