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Korean Skate - Raw?

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Korean Skate - Raw?

rien | Jul 21, 2004 10:27 AM

I ordered the "buckweat noodles with skate and spicy sauce" at 24 Hour Korean Restaurant last night. Sorry, I don't remember the Korean name. I was surprised that the skate was raw. However, it didn't just seem raw; it was incredibly cartiliginous (sp?) and chewy to the point that, from my perspective, it was inedible. The noodles were great and the flavor of the fish wasn't bad, but it refused to "decompose" in my mouth after a minute or so of vigorous chewing. My dining companion insisted that it had been preserved in some manner ... pickled ... or, as she called it, "kimchi'd." Does anyone have any information about this type of preparation or about this dish in particular?

For those not familiar with 24 Hour Korean Restaurant (on Lawrence between California and Western), don't let this scare you away. Everything else that was ordered - a rice dish in a stone pot, a spicy squid appetizer, and the myriad panchan - were excellent. Even the buckweat noodles and spicy sauce were a solid meal without the skate.

Thanks,

rien

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