Friday, January 17, 2020

[Food] Tongyeong Oyster & Recipe (통영 굴, Tongyeong Gul)


[Food] Tongyeong Oyster & Recipe (통영 굴, Tongyeong Gul)

Oyster is one of the most popular seafoods, and it is no exception in Korea. According to the Encyclopedia of Korean Culture, numerous oyster shells were excavated from many prehistoric sites in Korea, which means that oyster has been eaten in the Korean peninsula since prehistoric times. Oyster is widely sold along the coastline in Korea, except in Gangwon province (North-Eastern region).

Oyster has also been savored in Europe for a long time ago, but I don't think they have more oyster recipes than Koreans do. Today, I introduce you to various Korean oyster recipes :)

Tongyeong: producer of greatest oyster production in Korea where natural and cultured oysters are traded today.
Freshly packaged oysters from Tongyeong. This large bag of oyster costs about $15, and a small bag is about $6~7, which is very cheap compared to other countries.
Likewise, in European countries, Koreans love to eat raw oyster, but not with lemon. Koreans eat raw oyster with sour chili paste or kimchi, steamed pork and Chinese cabbage. You can enjoy the original taste of oyster or add a refreshing taste to steamed pork :)

Oyster, tofu, kimchi and a cup of soju

Steamed pork, raw oyster, kimchi and Chinese cabbage

In addition to eating them raw, oysters are cooked in soup and as cake too. The refreshing, clean and savory taste of oyster is worth your money and time. Koreans visit Tongyeong, a deep southern city in Korea, to taste fresh local oyster and various oyster dishes.

Oyster soup with rice and side dishes

Oyster cake

If you are sick of the typical raw oyster taste, how about sampling numerous oyster dishes in Korea? :) It may guide you to a better way of enjoying oyster :)

Bon Appétit!

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