Haemuljjim: spicy braised seafood (해물찜)

All spicy food lovers and seafood lovers, this is for you. Haemuljjim! It is spicy braised seafood with soybean sprouts. It is a different version of Agujjim, which is very similar to this but with monkfish. So Agujjim restaurants always have Haemuljjim. They always go together.

I went to an Agujjim/ Haemuljjim restaurant in my city.


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I got these side dishes and my favorite was seasoned cockles. It is soy sauce based, spicy, and chewy. It not only tastes good, but also gives you the fun of taking the flesh out of the shells. Koreans do it with chopsticks. Yes, chopsticks.

For those who want to learn how to use chopsticks, I recommend you to practice with learning chopsticks, like ones that kids use, first. You will get it quickly.


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Here is Haemuljjim! It is full of seafood like shrimp, squid, short arm octopus, mussels, clams, and roe. Since three sides of Korea are surrounded by water, we have lots of fresh seafood. If you are a seafood lover, Korea is where you need to be.

Koreans love to drink Soju, the most popular alcohol in Korea, when they eat spicy food, so they drink it when eating Haemuljjim too. The food you eat when drinking is called Anju (안주). Haemuljjim is a good Anju 🙂


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Oh man, this squid guy is laying down nicely and waiting for the cut.


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The server comes and cuts it into bite sized pieces. Ah, Koreans use scissors for food quite a lot. Just in case if you are surprised. By the way, I love the pink scissors.

Seafood and soybean sprouts together taste awesome. You wouldn’t know unless you try 🙂


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Short arm octopus! Isn’t it so cute?


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You can eat rice as you eat Haemuljjim but I like to have Bokkeumbab (볶음밥; fried rice) afterwards more. You always need to save space for Bokkeumbab because it is the best part 🙂 With the seasonings left, the server makes Bokkeumbab in front of you. The upper part is soft and the bottom part is crispy.

Ah, Haemuljjim, you have been so good to me.


보성아구찜 (Boseong Agujjim)

경기 안산시 상록구 송호1길 6 (6, Songho 1-gil, Sangrok-gu, Ansan-si, Gyeonggi-do)


30,000KRW/ 40,000KRW/ 50,000KRW

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