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How to eat Yook Gae Jang?

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How to eat Yook Gae Jang?

John Piekarski | Jun 21, 2001 02:23 PM

Or is it Jung?

A coworker and I went for lunch, and I ordered the Yook Gae Jang -- a dish of shredded beef, scallions and mushrooms in a spicy broth and served with rice. It was tasty, but I just couldn't figure out the best way to eat it. The beef and scallions were in such long pieces that it was hard to handle.

At first, I put pieces of the beef and scallions on top of some rice on my plate and tried to eat with chopsticks. Then -- at the suggestion of my coworker (who is a regular at this Korean restaurant) -- I added rice to the bowl of Yook Gae Jang and tried to eat it with a spoon. Both ways I had trouble trying to untangle the beef and scallions into managable pieces. It was messy, and I felt very self-conscious.

Any Korean cuisine experts have suggestions on how to do better next time? (I'd liked the dish and want to order it again.)

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