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Han Shat Bul something

Thi N. | May 12, 200407:54 PM

Han Shat is on 5th and Western, just west of Western. My second oxbone soup place, another intro from the K-town Top 40 article, and an immediate addiction. Seriously. Been 4 times this month.

Oxbone soup is another unexpected flavor - crisp, very mineral-y, and very... cleansing of everything. Palate, soul, stomach.

It turns out to be excellent, excellent, excellent hangover food. Even better than a gallon of gatorade, to replace precious bodily elements drained by half a bottle of rye.

Dose with a bit of chili sauce (the first time I dosed with too much, and lost some of the glorious cleanliness of the bone flavor), some of the pickled daikon, some of the kimchee. The panchan is very strong and unsubtle - pretty good for eating, but perfect for dunking in the soup and letting the flavor leach out.

Observing the other patrons, I saw a lot of them dunking their rice into the bowl. I tried it. It's very satisfying.

Anyway, I get the mixed option, which gives you brisket, flank, tripe, intestine, and spleen in yer soup. Utter, complete satisfaction. Standard meats are tasty and tender; tripe is the most utterly, wonderously, gossamer-soft version I've ever had - as gentle and luscious as fresh young coconut meat; spleen is very satisfyingly organy. Intestine is slightly scary to look at, but soft and... distinct in flavor.

Anyway, yeah. Boiled bones. Who would've thought? I love it.

Why haven't any of the K-town locals on this board emphasized this soup before? Y'all are holding out on me. I've seen it mentioned twice in four years. Christ.

-thi

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