Monday, July 6, 2009

Pork in Busan

After a few days in Busan and a few visits to some delicious fish restaurants, yesterday I was ready for something a little bit more land based. So I found myself on the doorstep of a small restaurant just up the hill from Gwangalli beach.

돼지국밥 (Pork Soup)

This ordinary looking place has a very small menu offering you the choice of 돼지국밥 (Pork soup), 수육 (Steamed pork) and 순대 (Blood sausage), as well as other variations based on those three dishes. I went for the pork soup for 5,000 won and a plate of blood sausage for 7,000 won.

돼지국밥 (Pork Soup)

Side dishes are fairly minimal, but you get a good selection of sauces to mix into the soup or dunk your sausage into.

돼지국밥 (Pork Soup)

The sausage itself wasn't beautifully presented, but it may well be the best I've had in Korea. I'm often disappointed with blood sausage as it leaves me with a dry mouth and a longing for black pudding, but these tasty black tubes were full blooded meaty delights. In texture and taste they felt more like a traditional banger and were perfectly seasoned.

돼지국밥 (Pork Soup)

The pork soup may not be to everyone's tastes. I know that a fair few of my friends would turn their noses up at this concoction, however, if you worship the pig as much as I do then you'll be more than satisfied. This dish is basically a porcine version of 설렁탕 (Beef soup), a very simple mix of boiled pork, pork stock and garlic chives. You are then free to add wheat flour noodles, salt. pepper, chili paste, fermented shrimp or black pepper to the bowl, depending on your desires. For me it's a filling, warming taste of home, but for others it may be pork overload...

돼지국밥 (Pork Soup)

Busan maybe famous for its fish, but if you find yourself in the area then it's worth your while checking out the meatier side of Gyungsan-do cuisine.

돼지국밥 (Pork Soup)

돈가촌 (Dongachon) is open 24 hours a day and can be found just a few doors down from the entrance to the MBC broadcasting complex up the hill from Gwangalli beach. You can call them on 051 754 1524.


ZenKimchi said...

I see some striking similarities with Hakata ramen from Busan's neighbor across the strait.

Paul Ajosshi said...

I agree. One difference may be in the noodles (the ones I put in my bowl were just the regular thin noodles you might find in 전치국수 rather than the harder Hakata noodles), but the concept is certainly similar. Now I need to head over to Fukuoka and try some Hakata ramen for myself!

Jun said...

Hi!impressed with amazing pictures! jealous!, btw 'Soon-Dae' from some street venders are instant and not traditional korean version. I prefer "Byong-Cheon Soon Dae" so much better and you can find some soon-dae soup as well.