In the latest installment of Kara Eats I tried Gamjatang! This Korean dish features a spicy broth, pork ribs, potatoes and fresh veggies (in this case tiny mushrooms mostly). Friends of ours showed us to a restaurant they had eaten at before. It was a small restaurant (as most are here in Seoul) and we all got one huge bowl to share.
The Gamjatang came with rice and an assortment of traditional Korean condiments/sides including kimchi (which was particuarlly delicious here), pickled radshises (also delicious), fresh onion, and a bean paste which I unfortunately don’t know the name of.
I’m not normally a mushroom person, but in this case I didn’t mind. The little mushrooms didn’t taste like anything and looked more like noodles. The pork was falling off the bone and super tender. It had obviously been simmering for a long time. I really liked this dish. It was perfect on a slightly chilly night. Spicy soups are one of my favorite things and this was no exception. Eating the meat off the bones was a bit challenging, as our bowls were small and I was almost certain I’d end up with it on my lap at some point.
I would definitely recommend it. It even earned high marks from my husband who really isn’t a fan of spicy foods. In this case it wasn’t all that spicy especially if you avoided most of the broth. That’s where the spice was, the pork was flavored by it, but not spicy on it’s own.