Friday, February 17, 2006

Food: Oyster rice ~ Gulbab (굴밥)

Gul (굴) is Korean for Oyster. As far as I'm concerned, it's one of the nastiest, slimiest morsels that one can ever savor... I mean, what's up with the funky gross-looking layers of GRAY skin anyway?!


OK, if it's not particularly appealing to you, here's one (less gross) way of eating it ~ In a hotpot of rice and roe. I introduce to you, Oyster Rice ~ Gulbap (굴밥).

As with the post I did on Barley Rice ~ Boribab (보리밥) in November, you mix the contents in the burning clay pot so that the oyster, roe, seaweed, vegetables and rice will cook in each other's juices. Add soy sauce as appropriate.

Once cooked, consume it in any manner your culinary senses desire.

I personally like the idea of it wrapped up in seaweed ~ Kim (김).

Then there were the side dishes again. For one, the plate of dried seaweed seasoned with sugar caught my taste bud's attention.

...and more oysters!

Tell me why do we need SO MUCH aphrodisiac in this country again?

One of the best things about Korea is the cheap seafood. By saying 'cheap', I am talking in relative terms... Just so you know, this meal cost only 5,000 Won each at the Tongyeong Gulbab (통영굴밥) chain of stores. :)


At February 17, 2006 9:57 AM, Blogger hteekay said...

koreans must be the horniest people in the world.. O_O

At February 17, 2006 10:54 AM, Anonymous louyau said...

seriously speaking ... it doesnt look that gross at all leh

At February 17, 2006 10:55 AM, Anonymous michaelooi said...

oysters rock my socks off!

the best i ever had was in Austin, bigass raw special oysters from Gulf of Mexico - eaten with a mix of radish and cholula.

sold at USD0.50 per oyster, the 3 of us had 72 of them that day.

it's orgasmic.

At February 17, 2006 10:56 AM, Blogger Jo said...

come on...asian is not the most horniest one...that day i read newspaper..french, italian & american lah...hehehe
wah..~slurp~..fresh oyster...(one of the high risk food) don eat too much oh...
i like fresh oyster with lime, tabasco sauce...fried oyster with egg..baked oyster with cheese..
last yr my company did oyster promotion all u can eat, 2 ladies came in whack almost 60 oysters, till whole kitchen running out of oysters. and they still complaint and demand more..then we have to compensate them second round again for free...*bump*

At February 17, 2006 12:31 PM, Blogger Max said...

"Tell me why do we need SO MUCH aphrodisiac in this country again?"

I could add my own comments, but I think the chart on this link speaks for itself.

At February 17, 2006 1:03 PM, Blogger gnightgirl said...

It's official: I most want to visit Korea, and I'm taking notes on your cuisine.

At February 17, 2006 3:37 PM, Anonymous Antonia said...

I'm allergic to oysters, unfortunately.. but I'm fine with other shellfish including mussels.
Chilli mussels is <33

At February 17, 2006 5:02 PM, Anonymous Laynie said...

I can't take oyster... It IS slimy and gross.

At February 17, 2006 9:22 PM, Blogger Jo said...

yo.............this afternoon i had mussel for my lunch..too bad no oyster..*LOL*

At February 18, 2006 3:32 AM, Anonymous smashpOp said...


At February 18, 2006 8:36 AM, Blogger Kurios1978 said...

hteekay: Not quite sure man... I heard the Japanese are pretty 'ON' like that too.

Louyau: Wait till you see some of the OLD oysters that are HUGE. *Cringes

Michael: Man... that sounds awfully cheap! Heck, I'd eat that stuff everyday until I get a phobia and stop!

Jo: Ah ~ the infamous 蠔煎. I love that dish too! Gosh... don't know what those two ladies are going to do to their husbands/boyfriends when they get home! *Shudders

Max: It almost implies that Aussies are best OVERALL in most categories... Hmmm, I wonder if it being an Australian condom site has anything to do with it. ;)

Antonia: I love anything the screams SEAFOOD. Malay-style chilli mussels I must say is my absolute favorite.

Laynie/Smashpop: Try to see the light!!! :)

At February 18, 2006 8:39 AM, Blogger Kurios1978 said...

gnightgirl: Sorry, didn't mean to leave you out... Yes yes, come one come all. But like I said throughout the blog, it's almost IMPOSSIBLE for a non-Korean speaker to travel PERIOD. So do try and pick up some of the language, or make sure you make some friends who understand Korean before hopping over. It certainly would make the trip more enjoyable.

At February 18, 2006 2:29 PM, Anonymous m@ri said...

gnightgirl & Vince:
That is the reason my travel destination will not be Korea yet until I find a Korean friend :p

At February 18, 2006 10:54 PM, Blogger Jo said...

i just wondering how da 2 ladies's bf/ husband gonna to satisfy them *ops*
may b suffering ..may b enjoying..*Grin* god know lah...

At February 18, 2006 11:07 PM, Blogger domestic rat said...

Hey! I'm drooling over the pics you posted up. Miss Korean food. The Korean food in China is way much better than Korean food in Sg or Msia (no offence).

At February 20, 2006 9:03 AM, Blogger Kurios1978 said...

m@ri: Single Korean men all over the place.... :P

jo: Turning my blog into a xxx-rated site are you? ;)

Domestic Rat: Well in China, there are the Xian Zhu (鮮族), I guess what I've heard is most of the restaurants are owned by them. They're probably the next most authentic Koreans, and hence the food too, second only to the Korean Koreans... :)

At February 21, 2006 10:38 AM, Blogger Jo said...

vince....where got ah?
we all so decent ah..
*ops* i spilt ur beans? :P


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