Food + Soju + Good Times
In my previous post I mentioned hangover soup (해장국, pronounced hae-jang-guk), so I came here this morning to eat the best hangover soup in Korea. This place has been around for 75 years and it’s even mentioned in the Michelin green book, they must be doing something right!
There are many variations of hangover soup but at Chung Jin Oak they do sunji (선지) hangover soup. Sunji is congealed cow’s blood, it only sounds and looks disgusting. It doesn’t really have a taste but it has a unique texture, similar to jello or tofu. I didn’t like sunji at first but now I love it! Brace yourselves for the close-up pics below.
They also have tripe (cow stomach), I’m not the biggest fan but I don’t mind it. Yeah, it looks pretty disgusting.
I think this is the best hangover soup in Korea because of the broth, it’s very thin but rich in flavor. They use very little soybean paste (된장), compared to other places, so it lets the other ingredients shine. The iron from the congealed cow’s blood, the tanginess from the tripe, and the beef flavor from the bones, all come together to create a clean but complex taste. And for KRW 7,000 it is a hot and hearty meal.
Rating: 8 out of 10