(GopChang (곱창) is fully cooked with potatoes, onions, and other vegetables for flavor.)
On my last travel to Korea, I had the pleasure of enjoying one of the finest dishes of Korea, GopChang which is pig and cow intestines full of cholesterol.
This isn’t a dish for most first-time westerners but it’s certainly worth a try as it actually tastes really good.
There’s actually two types of GopChang, pig intestines and cow intestines. Cow intestines in my opinion tastes better and it is indeed more expensive. In this case, we ordered a mix of each.
Koreans love fresh cooked food and that is why for most cooked meats, you cook the food on a grill right on the table and eat it while it’s still hot and fresh, that’s the Korean way.
Because the smell of cooking GopChang can get on your clothes and also oil can splatter, the GopChang restaurants in Korea usually provide you with a kitchen aprons you can wear like my friend is doing here.
Also, these restaurants that sell GopChang only sell GopChang. Most Korean restaurants only sell what they are good at because there’s so much competition. And no, you won’t find that here in the States, you see one Korean restaurant trying to sell everything, degrading the quality of Korean specialty foods, another reason why you need to try GopChang in Korea.
Even a party of 4 young Korean girls are enjoying GopChang, most people love it.
Now going to a great GopChang restaurant and getting fresh GopChang is one thing but also dipping it in the most delicious sauce is what makes this food taste good.
GopChang is now ready to eat.
The particular GopChang restaurant I went to is called Kyo-Dae GopChang restaurant (교대곱창), one of the most famous GopChang restaurants in South Korea, also featured on Korean TV numerous times. (Here’s a GoogleMap location)
Lastly, if you have never tried GopChang, I “highly” recommend it. Nevermind that it’s intestines but it’s how you cook it and the sauce you dip it in. It’s really good. But indeed it’s high in cholesterol so you probably don’t want to eat it everyday.
I will be heading over to Korea this year to try another great GopChang restaurant (another one of the best) so watch out for that. Ummm…. yummy.
Also in Korean restaurants, many cute girls come by leaving you some free candy with advertising to their Korean bar where you can hang out with some hot Korean girls. Of course, this isn’t free, be ready to spend at least $1,000 to hang out with the girls, call it a light version of strip clubs in the U.S.