March 12, 2015
Ok, so we’ve seen this around a lot lately, and we had to try it out. Our friends Nic and Hugh showed us a picture of this and we were like…NO, that can’t be good. It must be tough or impossible to eat but we kept seeing these giant squid lollipops floating around the street of Hongdae. We weren’t going to film this on the weekend, because the lineup to this place is freaking crazy, and – to be honest – I don’t really trust what Korean people line up for. A lot of the places that we waited in long lines for were exceptionally mediocre, but I think they might have gotten good publicity somewhere, somehow, so people think it’s all the rage to go there. Also, in Noksapyeong, (which is the established foreigner neighbourhood in Seoul) located near the US Army base, there are giant freaking lineups for Churros. Seriously: churros. WHO WOULD WAIT IN LINE THAT LONG FOR CHURROS? THEY’RE JUST CHURROS!!! And I’ve actually never ever seen a foreigner in the churros line, either. I’ve only seen Korean people there. We’re not saying churros are bad, but if you go to the everyone-knows-this-is-a-foreigner-food-neighbourhood why would you wait in line for something that has no foreigners nearby whatsoever??? I’m just saying, I’m not going for Chinese food in Toronto’s Chinatown at the only restaurant with no Chinese people eating in it. But maybe that’s just our logic.
So, I was a bit skeptical about this place, but boy was I wrong. THIS PLACE IS AWESOME! I, being Simon, very rarely like Korean squid while Martina is a squid eating fiend. I often find it overcooked, especially in soups. In street food it’s hit and miss, but more often than not I find it a bit too tough. I never eat it raw because it’s not my thing. But this was the right balance in between. Perfectly cooked. They’ve got timers to beep when the squid is ready. It’s a science, man, and it’s delicious science. It’s a delicious lollipop squid science.
There isn’t a lot for you to choose from, though. This place is pretty much one step up from street food, in that it’s got its own shop, but it’s still street food at heart, similar to our Hoddeok video. In fact, it’s located on the same busy Parking Lot street in Hongdae! You can get three different flavours: plain, spicy, and sweet onion. We did the first two, and the spicy one is definitely our favourite, though the plain one is still pretty delicious. The plain one is 6,000 won, while the flavoured ones are 7,000 won, which seems like a bit of a ripoff to charge an extra 1,000 won for some flavoured powder that they sprinkle on, to be honest. Also the outside batter isn’t a heavy deep fried batter, it’s really just a light smattering of whatever crispy flour managed to hang on during the deep frying and the yummy seasoning sprinkled on top enhances the squid. It’s actually a really thick pieces of squid so while the legs are pretty crispy the squid body remains really soft and moist. Our only regret is that we went on the coldest and windiest day this week and our squid got cold so fast. But still delicious.
If you want to try this place out while you’re in Hongdae, it’s right on the main bustling Parking Lot Street, very close to our studio as well. For those of you that know Hongdae well, it’s on the corner near the big dog that helps his master sell cotton candy. You know what we’re talking about. If you’re unfamiliar with Hongdae, we included a map leading you from Hongdae Station (aka Hongik University Station) exit 9. It’s called 오짱익스프레스 in Korean but they write Ozzang Express on the store sign in English so keep your eyes peeled for this little place!
Otherwise, we’ve got some extra scenes from this week’s video as well, if you’re in the mood for some extra lols. SQUID ON A STINK! I blame the cold weather for freezing my lips.