Korean Eating: Jangeo 장어: A Summer Staple

Jangeo (장어), or eel, is one of the top three dishes to eat in Korea on the hottest of days in the summer, but it’s just as good any other day of the year as well.

Here in Seoul, jangeo-gui (장어구이), is most often served after it has been de-boned and sliced down the center and marinated in a mixture of sesame oil, sesame seeds, soy sauce and sugar. Another option is to have the eel served without any marinade and just add a dash of salt while it’s cooking on the grill in the center of the table. If you head to a coastal town, it is even possible to get the eel while it’s fresh and moving. The restaurants with fresh eel will be noisy with the sounds of nails being hammered through the eels’ head so that the cook can slice the eel open down the center before it is brought over to be grilled in the center of the table. The grill on the table is a bit more lively with moving eel bits to add a little excitement to the meal and then it’s best eaten with just a dash of salt and a dip in the provided soy sauce.Korean Eating: Jangeo, Eel Korean eating: Jangeo, Eel

The table is usually set with lettuce leaves to wrap the eel in and ginger to top it off before eating with a bit of soy sauce to taste. Other side dishes will be provided as they usually are in Korea and rice can be ordered separately, but the eel, the staple of the meal, should not be overloaded too much. With just a bit of salt and ginger, the eel is perfect for any meal. Korean eating: Jangeo, Eel Korean eating: Jangeo, Eel

Korean eating: Jangeo, EelEel is rich in vitamin A and E and stimulates blood circulation and prevents aging and wrinkling. It is most popular with men in Korea as it is believed to be an aphrodisiac and good for stamina, but here everyone eats it. Don’t miss out this summer. Find an eel restaurant near you!

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  1. Rosh says:

    Reblogged this on Rose of Sharon Healing and commented:
    A very popular food in Korea….eel. Here’s a very informative post on eel in Korea from Soul of Seoul.

  2. Oh, I just had this today!

  3. Pangsaulin says:

    Please recommend a good inexpensive restaurant

    • Hallie says:

      Eel restaurants are all around the same price give or take a couple bucks. There are numerous restaurants for eel in the city so if I were you, I’d ask someone at your hotel for a place nearby if you’re a tourist or ask someone you work with if you are living here for a time. Then you can find one in whichever area you are rather than possibly traveling across the city to wherever I tell you. Hope that helps.

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