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Haemul Chim at Boo Cho in SD


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Haemul Chim at Boo Cho in SD

e.d. | Jan 18, 2005 08:11 AM

The first few meals I had at Boo Cho were barbecued meats. I liked virtually every beef dish, even the intestines, but thought the chicken not as good. On daantaat's rec I had the black cod and veggies and was very pleased. The version was perhaps a little bonier than Seoul BBQ, but wonderfully flavored. So I decided to try another seafood dish on my last visit. Haemul Chim was described as steamed seafood served in a spicy sauce with beansprouts and vegetables. I was disappointed. The veggies were mostly just bean sprouts, which were fine in the wonderful spicy sauce, but a bit boring after a while. Some of the seafood was OK. There seemed to be shreds of crab throughout, but the crab was not in large enough pieces to be tasted. I have no problem with whole baby octopi, though these seemed larger and chewier than others I've had. The mussels weren't of prime quality, and there were chunks of something so tough and chewy (and tasteless) that I ultimately decided that they weren't worth the effort. But the least pleasant item were things, from a 1/2" to just over an inch long shaped like irregular footballs - some of them also having a neck (tail?) attached at one end - colored from dark tan to dark gray. Anyway, when bit down on, they squirted a slightly bitter juice into the mouth. And that was it. Not only did they look like footballs, but the outer skin was as leathery and inedible as a football. I have no doubt that this is an authentic dish, but as a dining experience, it left a lot to be desired. I'm not telling folks to stay away from Boo Cho. But do stay away from the Haemul Chim.


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