Dinner at a fish restaurant

 

Last night we went to a restaurant we like that specialises in raw fish: 회, hwae.

We had a set menu which included 회무침 hwae muchim – slices of raw fish mixed with salad vegetables in a spicy chilli sauce, which is eaten by wrapping a small amount in a sesame leaf first. We also had  물회 mul hwae - slices of raw fish and vegetables in a spicy, icy soup! Sounds weird but tastes good. Then there was a dish of plain raw fish – halibut – which we had with soy sauce and wasabi. Then came salmon and abalone and prawn tempura. This was followed by 매운탕 maeuntang, a spicy hot stew. Lots of little side dishes too including miokguk seaweed soup, spicy burdock, and deep fried squid. By this point there was so much food on the table I didn’t know which to eat first.

This restaurant called Kangleungjip is one in a chain – we usually go to the one near the express bus terminal in Seoul. There is another one nearer our house but when we tried it we noticed that the taste was a bit different. Also, the vegetables were cut thicker in the hwae muchim so I didn’t like it as much – the thickly cut cabbage became overpowering.

It was fairly quiet when we arrived. I put that down to the weather as some people say you shouldn’t eat hwae on a rainy day. But by the time we left the place was pretty busy.                      


 

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