Local Foods of Gangwon-do

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Clear pollack soup of Goseong

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Pollack is a popular fish of Korea. Over five of this fish is consumed per person in Korea every year. The pollack lives in the cold seas and used to be caught easily in the East Coast. However, due to global warming, the sea temperatures rose, and it is rarely found in the oceans of Korea today. Most of the pollack in Korea are imported from Russia. The reason why Goseong is famous for the clear pollack soup is because it was a common dish cooked among the locals when pollack fishing was active in the area.

Clear pollack soup of Goseong

└ Clear pollack soup of Goseong

Pollack has different names in Korea depending on how it is dried. When not frozen, it is called saengtae; when frozen it is called dongtae; when it is gutted and semi-dried it is called kodari; when completely dried it is called bukeo; and when repeatedly frozen and thawed during the cold winters, it is called hwangtae and it has various recipes. Saengtae is fresher than dongtae and because it is never frozen, the meat is soft.

Clear pollack soup of Goseong

└ Clear pollack soup of Goseong

Pollack is good for preventing anemia and helps restore energy. In addition, the abundant calcium content within the gills help with osteoporosis and the vitamin E content helps with anti-aging, eye health, and recovery from fatigue. It is rich in essential amino acids and methionine to protect the liver and has great detoxification functions. Clear pollack soup is boiled without sauces and spices, but simply with pollack, radish, cabbage, green onions, garlic, etc. Because it is a clear soup, you can enjoy the clean taste of fresh ingredients rather than sauces and artificial seasoning. Also, the soup is refreshing as it is boiled with radish.


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