Cycle 12 – Cycle 245
7 (Tue) September 2021
Ban Geon Ojingeo Ddangkong
at Yeogjeon Halmeoni Maegju 1982
-Changgok, Sujeong, Seongnam, Gyeonggi, Republic of Korea-
Another spa treatment for Louis Le Pieux (see most recently 12.196 ‘Tis Rare Fine Beer), I was happy to enjoy a literal ice-cold beer while waiting.
Whereas anju is any food served to accompany booze, the quintessential anju for beer is squid (ojingeo) and peanuts (ddangkong), usually accompanied by a dip of gochujang and/or mayo. The squid is traditionally dried squid, roasted for a few seconds over an open flame. Often referred to as “mareun (dried) anju,” it is available at most/all beer joints, usually the first and cheapest item on the menu.
Not a huge fan – nobody really is. I can’t recall the last time that I ordered the dish or even seen one on the table (I’d rather eat fried chicken).
Objectively, I do appreciate the flavor combination – as everyone generally does. The brininess of squid, enhanced with charred flavor, and the nuttiness of peanuts pair so beautifully with the hoppiness of beer.
Having received my first vaccination a couple days ago, I wasn’t sure if drinking today was a good idea. To be clear, drinking is never a good idea for an alcoholic. The doctor had advised abstinence for at least 3 days, but they always say that after any intervention. A quick internet search showed that most health websites had something on Covid-19 vaccines + booze on their FAQs – apparently, this is a common concern shared by the global community. No data currently exists to suggest that booze diminishes the efficacy/safety of vaccines.
(See also BOOZE)
(See also GLOBAL FOOD GLOSSARY)
(See also RESTAURANTS IN KOREA)