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'Agujjim' or hot and spicy steamed fish (Agu)

oreans enjoy various kinds of food. One of the most popular is steamed fish also called in Korean, 'Jjim'. Most Koreans love the hot and spicy taste of this particular dish. Agujjim is one of the most popular 'Jjim' dishes in Korea. To make this food, a fish called Agu, is dried in clear air for 15 days. After that time, it is steamed with Korean soybean paste and powdered hot pepper. To add some more special taste, bean sprouts and parsley can be added.

According to Buddhist culture, 'Agui' is the place where greedy people are believed to be born in their next life and symbolizes hunger, thirst and pain. Haven't you ever come across this species? Well, you cannot miss it.... The Agui fish has the most enormous head and mouth and no scale, and was so named because of its omnivore.

Until the 1940's, Agu was ignored by fishermen because of its appearance. However, as fish became scarcer, Agu became a very highly rated fish, coming at a higher price even than beef. Because it likes to eat yellow Corvine, flat fish, eel, shrimp and other sea food rich in protein, Agu does contain a lot of proteins and is very tasty. When talking about 'Agujjim', the city of 'Masan' usually comes before it. That is because this particular cuisine is believed to have been first created in Masan, Gyeongnam Province. Koreans eat Agujjim with rice, and it also goes down very well with liquors. Try mixing Korean cuisine's hot taste with a glass of Soju and you will get a feel for Korea.

   Famous Restaurant for Agujjim
"Masan Halmae Agujjim" (Bangbae-dong, Seoul)

'Masan Halmae Agujjim' is very well known for its wonderful cuisine and has been open for the past 11 years. The good thing about this place is that they use the best ingredients, purchasing Agu caught in Korea so the fish is fresher and tastier. It costs around W35,000 for four people, W30,000 for three and W25,000 to be shared by two people.
  • How to get there: Get off at Subway Line # 2, Bangbae station. Then take a taxi up to the Bangbae-dong Cafe alley.
  • Opening hours: 11:00am-12:00am
  • For more information: 599-3055

  • (Sourced from WHAT'S ON SEOUL)

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