2.5 months in Seoul, South Korea
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
Boshintang: Dog Meat Stew
So I've managed to be in Seoul for two months without seeing, trying, or catching the faintest whiff of the meat that Korea is notorious for.... DOG.
At the urging of Foster, who was eager to try it, we finally went to a boshintang restaurant today for dinner.

Discreetly nestled between a Japanese restaurant and a small cafe, the "보신탕" sign was easy to find, but also easy for queasy-stomached foreigners to avoid.
And a mere two minute walk from our goshitel in Sinchon!

We got to the restaurant, which specialized in boshintang and other summer dishes. I ordered samgyetang, a boiled chicken soup in which the chicken is stuffed with sweet rice, dates, and ginseng.

Foster stuck with the boshintang, along with an entire table of Korean men who ordered the same.

Boshintang is especially popular with Korean men in the summer because it is supposed to increase virility (South Korean men world's busiest lovers).

The boshintang smelled strongly of pepper and sesame leaf (ket-neep).

The actual meat resembled beef, except that it had pieces of skin still attached to it. And the stew came with a dipping paste for the meat.

According to Foster, the meat tastes like roast beef, but more tender and stringy.

I think he liked it.

Because he ate it all.

$9 a bowl.. try it if you're brave enough.


posted by Jane @ 8:22 AM  
  • At 7:03 PM, Anonymous essie said…


  • At 5:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    ...to each his own.

  • At 1:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Do you realise the way these dogs are tortured and killed. You should be ashamed of yourself for promoting this barbaric animal cruelty. Look at www.koreananimals.org I loose faith in mankind because of scum like you.
    Dave in England

  • At 2:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Buy soma online


  • At 4:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I had boshintang also for the fist time in Korean restaurant in China. I ate it all and was very good and look forward to eat some more dog meat when I go to Asia.

    To those who never ate dog meat, how about set aside prejudices and muster some courage try it once at least. Many westerners who tried liked it.

    It's not gross, its delicious.

  • At 10:36 PM, Blogger Foreigner Joy said…

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