|Gulbi (A Dried Croaker)
With gulbi on the table, 2 dishes of rice aren't enough!
What is gulbi?
Gulbi is a dried salted croaker, that is a fish belonging to the sciaenoid family of marine fishes. When caught these fishes make a croaking sound; whence the name (croaker). Thirteen kinds of Gulbi are found of the Korean coast, the most famous of which is the Yeonggwang gulbi, which is a yellow croaker. Gulbi is thought to help stimulate your body.
The origin of gulbi
During the years of King Yejong (16th Goryeo King; 1105~1122), Lee Ja Gyeom made his daughter Queen and his grandson Injong King. In lust for power, Lee then made his other daughters marry Injong thus creating a complex relationship. He was later exiled to Jeollanam-do Yeonggwang Beopseongpo where he was first fed with Yeonggwanggulbi. He found it so good that he sent some to the King as a present with the words gulbi written, meaning that he will not yield. This name has been passed on until today.
Secret recipe of the Yeonggwang-Gulbi
The reason Yeonggwang-Gulbi became famous is because it tastes much better than Gulbi originating from other regions. This yellow croaker is found of the western coast. It is quite oily and lays good roes. Fishermen have to be very careful when catching the fish, as just a scratch on the scale will diminish its freshness. The taste of the yellow gulbi can vary in accordance with the weather. The right amount of wind and sun over the Yeonggwang region will give this fish the most wonderful taste and texture. Only natural salt stored for over a year is used with Yeonggwang-Gulbi. Both gill and mouth are salted, and the right amount of salt must be used in accordance with a traditional recipe from Beopseong-po. All this elements are what make Yeonggwang-Gulbi famous and appreciated.
Two servings of rice are normally needed to accompany one Gulbi, which is why one nickname for this dish is the rice stealer .
What is special about gulbi?
The head of the yellow croaker is quite big when compared to its body size. The scale is big and round, the eyes are massive. Its tail is short. This fish is kind of oily, even when dried. The taste is quite remarkable.
The Bamboo House Restaurant The best place for an outstanding Yeonggwang-Gulbi
This place is called the Bamboo House in view of the tall bamboo trees planted around the restaurant. Every dish on the menu is served with yellow Meju bean, bean porridge and cabbage Kimchi soup. Even a 5,000 won meal will entitle you to fresh watermelon or any other dessert. This place is always crowded. The service is very good, and only the best ingredients are used.
How to get there line2, get off at Yeoksam station. Take exit to Dongho bridge. At the Cha hospital crossway, turn right. Walk for about 100m. Take the street between the orthopedic surgery and the Yang Chang Seok car center. Walk for another 30m and then turn left at the dead end (15min. walk)
Price Yeonggwang gulbi course (30,000¡50,000/person)