Saturday, August 11, 2007

Beef Bulgogi

Beef = bul
gogi = something kind of like a dim sum but fried.

beef bulgogi = redundant.

But that's how Koreans let us know we're not ordering dog.

ke = dog

Ever heard of kegogi? I've heard it called "meat on stick". But it would more likely be described as "dog meat appetizer". I never saw any in Korea, by the way, at any of the local restaurants I visited, nor sold by street vendors. And yes, I did see dogs in Korea. They were all adored family pets. No, I did not see any stray dogs. Nor stray cats. Nor mice, rats, birds... seems the only infestation in the cities were the people. And no, there's nothing to be read into that sentence.

I grew up land-locked, so I was impressed by the fish for sale in the local markets. I've never been to Fisherman's Warf or any other port fish market, so I won't even begin to compare. But I will give a brief listing of some of what I saw (and could identify):

sea bass
eels (squirming in buckets)
dried fish heads
tuna on ice
filets of all sorts
(dried, shrunken, fresh, frozen, alive)
squid (alive, dead)
octopus (alive, dead)
flounder (alive)
things that looked like grey penises (alive)

The list at the market was far more extensive than what I saw in the restaurants, which was another reason why I'm relieved I didn't get invited to anyone's house for dinner while I was there. Heaven only knows what I would've been introduced to! (I might have liked it, but it's such a crap shoot.)

At least I could rely on good ole, redundant beef bulgogi....

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