Monday, 1 June 2015

Pro Ganjang Gejang 프로간장게장 (South Korea, Seoul)

Raw Crabs Marinated in Soy Sauce (Ganjang Gejang) 간장게장 55,00 KRW (S$68)
Pro Ganjang Gejang 프로간장게장 is a restaurant that specialises in serving Ganjang Gejang - Raw Crabs Marinated in Soy Sauce (간장게장). Ganjang Gejang is a traditional korean dish dating back to the Joseon Dynasty (1392 - 1910). It is a salted fermented dish that is difficult to prepare.
The restaurant is among one of the first to open in the 1980s serving Ganjang Gejang. Back then, pro baseball athletes frequent the alley and found the Ganjang Gejang delicious. Through word of mouth, this particular alley where the restaurant is located became known as Sinsa-dong's Ganjang Gejang Alley.  You will be able to find several restaurants selling Ganjang Gejang along this alley.

Today, Pro Ganjang Gejang has a building of its own.
The interior of the restaurant is filled with photos of celebrities and sports athletes, some of whom are from Japan. Apparently, Japanese tourist like this so much that the restaurant has opened a branch in Tokyo, Japan.
 The side dishes.
Raw Crabs Marinated in Soy Sauce (Ganjang Gejang) 간장게장 55,00 KRW (S$68)

We ordered 2 small size female crabs which cost  55,00 KRW (S$68). The right way to eat the Raw Crabs Marinated in Soy Sauce (Ganjang Gejang) 간장게장 is to use your hands. It would be hard to eat it with utensils.
Raw Crabs Marinated in Soy Sauce (Ganjang Gejang) 간장게장 55,00 KRW (S$68)
Many people would also scoop some rice on the crab shell and mix it with Ganjang Gejang.

Although the crabs were fresh, the both of us did not like this dish. The meat was just so raw and soft while the sauce was on the salty end. We are probably too used to eating crabs that are cooked which are of a different texture. I doubt that we will try Ganjang Gejang again, we prefer our crabs cooked!
Steamed Egg (Gyeran Jjim) 계란찜 5,00 KRW (S$6.25)
We also ordered a Steamed Egg (Gyeran Jjim) 계란찜 5,00 KRW (S$6.25) for sharing. The difference between the korean and chinese steamed egg is that the korean version is denser and less smooth. Taste wise, this was a good dish to complement the Ganjang Gejang.
The toilet at the restaurant was impressive! There was a mouth wash dispenser! 

Pro Ganjang Gejang 프로간장게장 (South Korea, Seoul)
27-1 Jamwon-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul 
프로간장계장, 서울특별시 서초구 잠원동 27-1
Tel: +82 2 543 4126
Opening Hours: 24 hours daily
Directions: From Sinsa Station (subway line 3) Exit 4, walk down along gangnam-daero and turn right at the first alley. Then turn left at the next alley, you will see the Pro Ganjang Gejang building (with a big crab sign) in front. 

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1 comment:

  1. I don't think I can eat raw crabs too. Always prefer cooked. The egg dish is yum.


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