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Best Al Chigae / Altang Jjigae (Spicy Korean Soup/Stew w/Fish Roe)?

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Best Al Chigae / Altang Jjigae (Spicy Korean Soup/Stew w/Fish Roe)?

PeterCC | Jun 5, 2012 11:49 AM

(See the thread title.) Surprisingly, I could find no mentions of "Al Chigae" or "Altang Jjigae" (or combinations thereof) searching CH. Lots of mentions of other kinds of chigae/jigae/jjigae, though.

I don't care if it's from a restaurant or a supermarket, I'm just looking for the "best" or at least decent preparations of it. I've had it at both Chosun Galbee and Soowon Galbi (both call it "Al Chigae" on their menus), and at KBBQ places in NYC.

I haven't been to Chosun Galbee in a while, but my recollection of it, compared to my recent visits to Soowon Galbi, is that it is better. It has less "stuff" (vegetables, shrimp, etc) in it, so more unadulterated spicy broth and (maybe) more roe (love shrimp, but don't need it in this soup). However, despite filling the stew with more "extraneous" (to me) ingredients, Soowon Galbee does also put milt in its version, which complements the roe nicely.

Ideally, the further West the better, but I understand I'll likely have to drive mid-city and go into Koreatown.

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