June 11, 2015
Bold statement, yes? The Best Korean Barbecue in the World is what we’re claiming here with this video. And though you can say that there’s no way to gauge this, that we haven’t had them all, that the taste is very subjective, let me say this: we have been living in Korea for over seven years, and have been eating Korean Barbecue very often, more than most people, I’d say. And, without a doubt, the food we’re showing you today is the best Korean Barbecue I have ever had in my life, and Martina, Leigh, and Soo Zee all agree.
If you remember the video we did on What is Kobe Beef, and how I claimed that was the best beef I’ve ever had in my life, this is definitely the best pork I’ve ever had. The bigger question is this: what would I rather eat: Kobe Beef or Jeju Pork. Any guesses? I’ll still go with the Kobe Beef. That’s just meat on another level. While I’ve had really good Korean Barbecue before, if I don’t go with Jeju Pork I’ll still be content in finding something not too far off, but Kobe Beef is as far from regular beef as Otoro Sushi is from canned tuna.
Though, don’t let that convince you into thinking that Jeju Black Pork isn’t worth eating. It’s still awe inspiring, still moan-inducing. It’s juicy and flavourful on a very different level than a lot of barbecue you can get in Seoul. We have a favourite Hanjeongsal place that we go to all the way in Bucheon if we ever have a hankering for that cut of meat. We’ve had Hanjeongsal in many other places. Juju Black Pork Hanjeongsal, though: blows it out of the water.
Now, we couldn’t get any clear answer as to what makes Jeju Black Pork that much different than other pork. I remember when we first had it years ago when we went to Jeju together (and snuck backstage with Kpop idols), we were told that Jeju Black Pork tastes different because it eats human turds, and that somehow makes it taste different. We then read that it was false, and that they don’t do that anymore since the 70s, supposedly. The owner of the restaurant we ate at didn’t really give us any solid answers, either. He said that because Jeju is cleaner than Seoul, and because they invest a lot of money in R&D for them they taste better, but that’s so vague! I wanted an answer similar to the Kobe Beef one: are the pigs massaged in wine, or do they listen to classical music when they sleep? I don’t know! I can say, though, that when Korea tries to make food taste better, they do a damned good job at it. Korean fruit, though it’s stupid expensive, tastes so much better than Canadian fruit. I guess this is the same answer. It’s just not shrouded in any useful mythology, sadly. You can see what the owner said in a bonus clip on our app. Hmmm…
If you’d like to go to this place as well (and, trust me, you do) then you can find them here. It’s called 해오름식당, and the address is 제주특별자치도 제주시 노형동 1047-2. You can find map directions here.
We’ve got some extra scenes from the day. Unfortunately, we didn’t take as many pictures this time as we usually do, so no photo gallery now. I looked through all of our pictures from the day of shooting and realized that we had nothing. We just ate food and moaned and forgot to take pics. Ha!
Lastly, we can’t do a lot of responding to comments at the moment because we’re at the airport. WE’RE GOING TO BALI! It’s our eight year anniversary coming up, and we’re gonna go to Bali for the first time ever. So, our apologies if we’re a little weak on our internet game this week. We’ve prepared videos in advance so we won’t miss out on any. We’re just not sure how the wifi is going to be at our place. EEP!