i start with a *sigh*
i've been to CHOSUN GALBEE many times, but it's been a while since my last visit. i went back recently, and...well....
Hae-mool pah-jun is one of my all time favorite Korean foods. The best pah-juns Ive had in the past are far less a pancake with seafood, and much more hae-mool, tenuously held together with a thin batter. The outside is oily crisp, fried dark around the edges and soft, slightly runny on the inside from the liquer around each crab (real meat), squid, shrimp, and most especially, oyster.
CHOSUN GALBEEs hae-mool pah-jun is far from any of that, and unfortuantely, is a woeful embarassment to Korean cuisine. The pancake batter itself is far too floury, making it dreadfully dry and thick, which could have been ignored if there had been enough hae-mool and vegetables to cut the flour. Of the paltry representation of the pseudo-ocean that was there, it was only imitation crab meat and pitiful rings of squid that, given their rubberband-like chewiness, were obviously frozen then thawed in a microwave. There were a few slices of o-deng (fishcake) on top, but for gods sake, at least the imitation crab looks like crab; they used the ones that have neon pink edges. No shrimp, no clams, no oysters. And to add insult to injury, the miserable seafood pancake for it hurts me to call it hae-mool pah-jun - is garnished with a gaudy maraschino cherry. I have no words. I cannot speak.