6.088 King Crab

6.088

3 (Fri) April 2015

King Crab

3.5

at Ttosune (Noryangjin Fish Market)

-Noryangjin, Seoul-

with the family, KK, et al.

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Whereas the market used to be an insider thing, it has become markedly mainstream In the 4 years since my last visit (see most recently 1.357 Steamed King Crab), with more stalls, more customers–noticeably, scores of Chinese tourists in big groups…
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…and more restaurants…
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…all packed to capacity.

The Prodigal Son Returns to Celebrate Holy Week, Day 2 (see previously 6.086 Spaghetti in Meatball Mash Sauce).

In the Philippines–arguably the most passionately Catholic country in the world–Maundy Thursday and Good Friday are national holidays.

I’ll be spending the extended weekend in Seoul, arriving early yesterday morning, flying back to Manila Sunday evening.

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After checking prices at a few places along the way, I settled on this pair.
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#66 for shellfish…
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Most notably, a king crab for 120,000 won (55,000 won per kg x 2.2 kg).
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#65 for sashimi.
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A fluke for 25,000 won and a rockfish for 5,000 won.

KK and friends are in town for the weekend as well.  None Korean, no official ties to the country, just here for a food holiday.

This marks the 3rd occasion having dinner in Seoul with colleagues from work, including various K staff (see most recently 5.229 Really Good Food), SM (see 5.265 Happy Medium), and JR (see 5.295 Grilled Hangjeongsal).

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Meonggae (2.0)–never been a fan.
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Sannakji (live baby octopus) (2.0)–notice the tentacles trying to make their escape
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Lobster (2.5)
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Jeonbok (abalone) (2.5)–sautéed with garlic.
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Maeuntang (2.5)–with the bones from the fluke sashimi (not pictured).

I was very impressed that they were all game to try new things, especially the sea squirt and the live octopus.

But the highlight, of course, was the king crab.  Sweet and succulent, as only king crab can be.  Without doubt, the best shellfish in the world, making lobster seem tough and tasteless by comparison.  I should be eating it more often.

Next time–maybe with Lisa, at long last?–I’ll get better photos.

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Quite an epic meal.

4 thoughts on “6.088 King Crab

  1. I will be in Korea sometime in the late spring/early summer, and again in September. When dates are more certain I will let you know. Let’s go!

  2. 2/4 is really high compared to the 0 you gave a sea squirt dish previously. Maybe you’re finally acquiring a taste for it! 😛
    I’ve never tried it. Wish I could.

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