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Korean Elephant Fish

July 3, 2015

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You know, we don’t do enough fish videos. Seafood is a big part of Korean cuisine, and we don’t eat it regularly. Barely ever. I don’t know why. We almost always love it when we have it, but keep on defaulting to Korean Barbecue when put on the spot. However, when we were in Jeju for our road trip, we went to the fish place across the street from our Airbnb, not because it was our first choice, but because we were exhausted and didn’t want to go out too far.

When we walked into the rickety fish restaurant, with sun bleached signs and fish tanks in need of window washing, I saw something out of the corner of my eye: a pot that had giant radish slices in it, with the spines of several fish left behind, all covered in a crusted bubbled red sauce. And then, something switched off in me. A tingle. I didn’t know what it was, but I thought about it for a while. Then I asked Soo Zee about it, about the leftovers beside us, asked for her to explain what that dish was. And when she said it was a jo-rim, that was it. I had unlocked the secret, unlocked the memories, and they all came flushing back.

I didn’t have jo-rim for years. The last time I had it was back when we were living in Bucheon. It was, in fact, before we filmed our first FAPFAP ever. There was a Jeju fish restaurant close to our apartment, and it closed down after a few trips, and I was devastated, because I loved the jo-rim which I had never had anywhere but there. It was sweet and savoury, and the fish was so tender and juicy. Never overcooked. Just falling off of the bones so easily with so much moisture just…just perfect. And when that place closed down we didn’t go for fish again for a while. The times that we did have fish I never saw jo-rim, until enough time passed by that I forgot that it existed. It wasn’t until we went back to Jeju this time around that I remembered about this perfect fish dish.

Martina’s not the biggest fan of it. Soo Zee laughed at my excitement, because it’s supposedly so cheap and easy to make and her family does it all the time, so it’s nothing special for her. But for me, I hadn’t tasted this in such a long time that when we had it that night I insisted that we find a place special in Jeju for just this thing, and so we did.

This place here, ladies and gentlemen, was AMAZING. We didn’t just get a small pot to share amongst ourselves. No: we got a long gortdamned TROTH. And we got the Galchi Jorim, and for the life of me I don’t know what kind of fish galchi is. I looked it up online and found many different answers. Cutlassfish? Largehead hairtail? Hell if I know. All I do know is that it’s supposedly the most expensive fish that’s done in this style? I don’t know. All I can say is that it’s wonderful and I wish Martina liked it as much as I did dammit Martina stop wanting barbecue all the damn time eat some fish it’s good for you Omega-3s and all that crap arrgghhh!

We’ve got some bloopers from this week’s video as well, especially of us being exhausted after this shoot. It was right before we got on a boat to leave Jeju, and we were wiped, and ate so much that all we wanted to do was sleep. Yum.

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  1. Hi! What is the name of the restaurant and address?? I’m here in Jeju right now and would love to go try it! :)

    2 years ago
  2. Did anybody else notice the guy behind them at 2:04 like freezing while drinking and staring in awe/confusion?
    XDXD

    4 years ago
  3. This looks so yummy!

    4 years ago
  4. WOW! This looks so good!

    4 years ago
  5. How long does it take for the Premium Membership to activate? I paid a couple of days ago and it still hasn’t upgraded my account.

    4 years ago
  6. Can u guys do a video on what to pack if u wanna come to Korea and what ru gonna miss in Korea??? I want to know because I am planning on coming to Korea in a couple weeks… Hope I meet u guys there!!!
    Just a question though… Can u eat the head of the fish?? Just curious

    4 years ago
    • Heya!

      First off, I read your name and I thought you were “Rose Admin,” as in, the web developer of our site, so I was confused why you were asking a question here rather than in person. Ha!

      Secondly, we did a video on that yearrrrrsss ago. Hopefully we’ll update it at the end of our tour (we’re about to go to the US and Canada!). Otherwise, yes you can eat the head of the fish. The cheek meat is the best :D

      4 years ago
  7. DD

    Oh.. I seriously miss you Galchi Jorim …!
    I found the name of Galchi here :https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Largehead_hairtail But I never saw the name “belt fish” at the frozen gulch package at korean grocery store.

    By the way, I really appreciate your new design at the website. It is now so much better to look at my iPad.

    4 years ago
    • Groovy! I know most users are coming from mobile devices, so we wanted to make it more accessible that way. I’m glad you like it!

      4 years ago
  8. Wow that looks so delicious! I’ve never had fish other than like fried or baked (I think) so it’d be interesting to have it in a stew or soup!

    By the way, ABSOLUTELY LOVE the new design for the website. :D

    4 years ago
  9. Haha, you just found the one type of food I cannot even smell without getting naseous… fish are great but they are just not meant to be cooked, you should totally fry fish! :p

    Btw, is this going to be the new layout for the site? It’s… uhm… different ^^ (where’s my fancy colours gone too?)

    4 years ago
  10. Aw yass, I am also of the mind that the simmered/steamed style is where it’s at, so succulent, so tender, so moissssst…the craving is strong.

    4 years ago
  11. To this day, I still cannot seem to get past the bones. Like Simon mentioned in a previous video, I was taught as a kid to fear fish bones. Fish bones = Death. So I think my bad experience as a kid has caused me to dislike fish as an adult.
    But I still really enjoyed this video! The replays of Simon’s reaction were hilarious, that was spot on. :D My brother once walked by me watching a Korean show and asked me why the same scenes kept repeating. To which I answered: “It’s all about the camera angles, son.”

    Random question. If you don’t eat the head of the fish, why is it included? Is it for flavor? Or is it just easier to leave the head on? I have never cooked fished myself and I have never seen the head included at a restaurant, so I was just wondering.

    4 years ago
    • You don’t eat the bones of the head, but you can eat other parts. The cheek meat is especially delicious!

      4 years ago
      • Good to know! Though if I do start eating fish again, I might need to level up a few times before I can tackle the head. But I will definitely go for the cheek meat when I do. Thanks!!

        4 years ago
  12. I think all of your food videos are my favorite to watch.

    4 years ago
  13. Haha, the name change. xD
    Troth is actually a word, but it’s an archaic word meaning “truth”. It’s what makes up part of the word “betrothed”, which of course is to promise to marry. The word you probably meant was trough ( “trawf”, rhymes with cough ). It means a long container usually used for food, either for humans or animals like horses/pigs/etc.
    In any case… I’m a vegetarian and I enjoyed this video. I love food videos, even if I can’t eat the food itself. It makes me so sad but.. the food porn.. I must have it.. @[email protected] I love watching all the food videos you guys put up!

    4 years ago
  14. looks so good *_*

    4 years ago