13.006 Gul Jjambong

Cycle 13 – Item 6

11 (Tue) January 2022

Gul Jjambong

3.0

from Shanghai

at home

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

solo

Gul Jjambbong is a Korean-Chinese dish.  Noodle soup with oysters.  Despite the reference to jjambbong, which is spicy, the dish is mild, more of an udong, with the broth rendered dense and cloudy from the oysters.  Typically available only during the winter, when oysters are in season.

Previously, I was indifferent to the dish, but I’ve suddenly come to appreciate it in light of my newfound appreciation for oysters.

As previously noted (see 12.315 Black Squid Burger), Koreans are nuts about Squid Game, not because they like it themselves, but rather because the rest of the world seems to like it.  Also as previously noted (see for example 12.335 Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus with Cucumbers; 12.346 Steamed Scallops in Soy Dressing), as evidenced by the front page in today’s newspaper, Koreans love reading about Korean achievement on the global stage.   

(See also GLOBAL FOOD GLOSSARY)

(See also RESTAURANTS IN KOREA)

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