12.316 Bulggot Ojingeo

Cycle 12 – Cycle 316

17 (Wed) November 2021

Bulggot Ojingeo

3.5

at Yeogjeon Halmeoni Maegju 1982

-Changgok, Sujeong, Seongnam, Gyeonggi, Republic of Korea-

solo

The most beautiful pour that I’ve ever sen.

Bulggot Ojingeo is a Korean dish.  It’s a whole squid, scored, seasoned, breaded, deep-fried.  The name of the dish – “bulggot = fireworks” – refers (presumably) to the dramatic splash and splatter when the squid is dropped into the frying oil.  A new-fangled variation on the classic anju: ojingeo-ddangkong (squid-peanut) (see for example 12.245 Ban Geon Ojingeo Ddangkong).

I encountered the dish for the first and only time at this establishment, unknown if it’s available elsewhere.

It was excellent.  Crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside.  An ideal accompaniment for cold draft beer.

(See also BOOZE)

(See also GLOBAL FOOD GLOSSARY)

(See also RESTAURANTS IN KOREA)

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