Food + Soju + Good Times
After two hours of fighting thru Sunday traffic and getting lost north of the river, we stumbled upon this bossam (보쌈) and jokbal (족발) restaurant. It looked nice enough from the outside but I had my reservations because it was an odd part of Seoul, Hapjeong station.
The below is bossam or steamed pork. It is usually eaten wrapped with cabbage, a piece of raw garlic, kimchi, and ssamjang (that brown colored paste). Since the meat is steamed, it is usually very tender but still retains the pork flavor.
The below is jokbal or pig’s feet cooked in a seasoned soy sauce. Again, it only sounds disgusting, but it’s quite delicious. It’s definitely not heathy as you can see the pig skin (a.k.a. fat) surrounding the meat. Due to the greasiness and strong flavor it’s usually eaten wrapped in lettuce, a piece of raw garlic, and dipped in a pickled fermented shrimp sauce.
The bossam was fine, its steamed pork, you can’t really mess that up. The jokbal was not so good, I don’t think they cooked it long enough in the soy sauce marinade. It tasted very gamey and had a strong smell. Since it is the pig’s feet, not a very choice cut, it has to be cooked long and hard to make it tender and get rid of the gamey smell. If cooked properly it should be soft, almost gooey, with a sweet and savory flavor.
We stopped in here randomly and I wasn’t expecting much, but I thought the pictures came out great! I know of two awesome jokbal places that I will blog about in the future.
Rating: 6 out of 10