Korea is well-known as a food heaven with kimchi as the most representative Korean food. The love and passion for Korean cuisine from all over the world lead to the rise of a new trend – K-food. Today, I am going to introduce a Korean dish which you can only find in Korea- Gejang.
What is Gejang?
In Korean, “ge” means crab and “jang” means sauce. There are two main types of gejang, which are ganjang gejang and yangnyeom gejang. Ganjang gejang is made with raw crabs marinated in a mixture of soy sauce. Meanwhile, yangnyeom gejang is made with raw crabs marinated in a special chilli pepper powder-based sauce. Usually, kkotge which is also known as the horse crabs are used to make gejang. However, different regions have their own versions of gejang differed by the types of crabs used and cooking methods.
Restaurant Recommendation: 우전옥 간장게장 (Woojunok Ganjang Gejang)
Woojunok Ganjang Gejang is a gejang specialized restaurant located in Suwon. The restaurant has been featured on Korean shows for its good food.
We ordered the unlimited refill set which costs 22900 won per person. The menu includes ganjang gejang, yangnyeom gejang, kkotgetang, side dishes and rice. There is no time limit but refill is only available for the first hour of meal.
The meat of gejang has a soft and melty texture like jelly does. You gonna suck the flesh out of the shell or squeeze the flesh out. The yellow and orange parts are the roe, which is the best part of the dish. I love female crabs because they contain a lot of roe and they taste sweeter.
If ganjang gejang is too salty for you, yangnyeom gejang would be a better choice! It tastes spicy and slightly sweet.
They also provide scissors and gloves to make it easier to enjoy the dish.
The kkotgetang, which is also known as the spicy crab soup is a dish where blue crabs are boiled with gochujang which is the red chili pepper paste and gochugaru, the red chili pepper flakes alongside various chucky vegetables. The soup tastes refreshing but a bit salty for us.
My favourite menu is the ganjang gaejang. I like to mix the rice with the crab meat and roe at the back shell and feed a spoonful into my mouth. YUMMY! It tastes heavenly delicious! The salty taste of gejang is so addictive that I can’t stop eating. Now I got why Koreans always call gejang as the “rice thief”.
Do note that you will be charged a penalty 2000 won for leftover food. Therefore, make sure you only take what you can eat.
Business Hours and Contacts
- Operation Hours: from 11.30 a.m. to 9.00 p.m.
- Break Time: from 3.30p.m. to 5.00 p.m.
- Address: 94, Pajangcheon-ro, Jangan-gu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do.
- Contact Number: 031-269-3001
- Website: https://woojunok.modoo.at (only available in Korean)