Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Food: Raw fish ~ FRESH!

Finally, we have a Chinese colleague who just arrived on our job site. He's the only one who's been brave enough so far, to go ease the craving for raw fish with me.

When the Koreans eat raw, they mean RAW, and they mean FRESH...

This is a common sight all over Korea: You rock up to a fish tank, pick the fish, have it weighed, sit down at a table, and wait for the fish to be sliced up. Other non-fish options include sea slugs and urchins.

We picked the minimum of 1kg that night, and it cost 20,000 Won (USD$20). That should feed 2 ~ 3 people. Not bad at all!

Settings vary, but typical fish tanks can be found at fish markets, or even raw fish (회) speciality shops. One of the most famous markets around is Jagalchi Market (자갈치) in Busan, and the annual Jagalchi Festival in October.
Just try not to gross-out ok...

Don't ask me what fish we ate... Whatever the lady said when she picked up the fish sounded pretty foreign to me! Tasty though it was, and not a hint of smelly seafood... It was THAT fresh!

As with ANY Korean meal, life would not be complete without soju, accompanying side dishes of Kimchi, raw leaves of lettuce and mint, as well as chilli sauce.

It's freestyle as far as how you eat it. I love it with leaves, and a tad of mustard + light soy sauce.

~ Lovely ~


At December 14, 2005 10:01 AM, Blogger San Nakji said...

Wow, that looks delicious!

At December 14, 2005 1:37 PM, Blogger gnightgirl said...


At December 14, 2005 5:38 PM, Anonymous smashpOp said...

isit harmful? i mean.. raw stuff normally has germs rite.. ?

At December 15, 2005 12:44 AM, Anonymous gene said...

i love raw fish!!!

At December 15, 2005 8:45 AM, Blogger Kurios1978 said...

San Nakji, Gnightgirl, Gene: Yeah, it's pretty fresh. You will be amazed when you actually get to pic the fish out of the tanks while they swim. It's THAT good.

Smash: Aiyah, if it's fresh, it's ok. What makes it harmful, is when you have bacteria growing on it when left outside for some time. That's why you eat it immediately right when it is prepared. Non of that "tar-pau" nonsense for raw fish. :)

Anyway, I'm sure some of that soju (alcohol) would kill all the germs anyway :P

At December 17, 2005 9:37 PM, Blogger Chris said...

Apologies to the previous poster, but just wait until you EAT san nakji! My friends say I am a true Korean now that I've done that.


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