In Korea, pig was not popular as much as cow or chicken was.
Cow was considered as a member of the family because Korea was an agricultural society.
People believed that cow has a feeling like human being.
It was really hard for people to cultivate without cow. Sometimes people borrow cow from neighbors if they don't have.
In comparison, pig was estimated to be raised less than chicken or dog.
After westernization, big western breed which has meatiness flowed in and this made people eat more pork.
However, before 1980s, most people could only eat meat during family affair like ancestral rites, holiday, or wedding despite industrialization after 1960s.
People could eat meat in daily life when they started to add pork in kimchi stew.
Even though their life was better than the past, people used to buy the fat in the meat and put them in the stew. After Seoul Olympic in 1988, there was an increase in employment and economies.
More employees ate samgyupsal (bacon) instead of Dubukimchi (stir-fried tofu and kimchi) or Jeon (pancake). Samgyupsal became popular for family meals.
In Western country, people cut the fat off and eat only the lean meat.
They use the fat part only when they make bacon.
However, Koreans like this fatty part.
We like marbled beef (rib eye) or thinly sliced brisket. These are the best meats in Korea.
The best menu when people have a get-together is samgyupsal. but since it is high-calorie and high fat, it might cause abdominal obesity which is the reason of insulin resistance syndrome, a cardiac disorder, or high blood pressure.
So recently it lost its popularity compared to the past including Ogyupsal and Moksal (boston butt). but there is an old saying in Korea that a rich man will last three years even after becoming bankrupt.
Samgyupsal is still the best menu when people get together.
There is a Golmokdaejang restaurant nearby Yeongdeungpo-gu Office Station.
It is located in the alley and very simple and plain.
They serve cutlassfish boiled down in soy sauce or other seasonings, Stir-fried squid, soy bean paste stew, or soft tofu stew at lunch, and meat or samgyupsal at dinner.
You have to take off your shoes when you have a seat.
There was no smoke at all because each table has stovepipes.
Samgyupsal was 10000won for one person.
They served the meat on cutting board. three servings have nine loaves.
Unlike the past when used frozen meat, these days people use raw meat, which tastes much better.
Side dishes were seasoned perilla leaf, green onion kimchi, sliced Welsh onion, kimchi and pickled peppers.
It is really hard to charbroil this meat; smoke or flame because of oil.
But there is a small space to receive this dropping oil, so don't worry.
You can bake garlic on the fire.
If you cover charcoal fire with lettuce, it makes the strong flame weaker.
Cut the meat into bite-size and apply one of the sauce; sliced red pepper in salted fish or salt with sesame oil.
Both were good and perfect with the meat.
Samgyupsal and soju are known for the reason of adult disease, but these are suit our taste.
Eespecially samgyupsal is better with classic soju which has a red sticker on it than light soju.
Unlike the past, classic soju's alcohol proof is 21%.
Moderate drinking is recommended but I understand that with good people, you can't control yourself.
You will definitely have a good time here with nice people, eating samgyupsal.
Location : Dangsan-dong 3-ga 181, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul. Tel : 82-02-2671-7573
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