Gejang (게장), Marinated Crab, has two types: Soy sauce (간장;Ganjang) and spicy (양념;Yangnyum). Especially, Soy Sauce Marinated Crab (간장게장; Ganjang Gejang) is one of the hardest dishes that you can make because it takes much time and requires many skills. Rather than making it, people just go out to eat in a Gejang restaurant.
Since it is hard to make, it costs more than the price of an average meal. Usually, it is 20,000-25,000 KRW for one person. There is a restaurant which gives you Gejang unlimited with a cheap price but I don’t recommend getting that one. You get what you pay for. The crabs used for the unlimited one and for the legit one are different in size and quality.
Yes. They are raw crabs marinated with soy sauce. In the first time, you might think the texture is weird and not like it. However, as you eat, you will fall in love with this. The crab meat is super soft. It is salty so it goes well with rice.
When you eat the leg parts, you bite the leg part so that the meat comes out. Because it is salty, you eat it with rice. When you eat the body part, you need to scrape the meat inside with a spoon or chopsticks and put rice in the shell to mix with the scraped meat. Because the shell is small, you need to put the small amount of rice to mix them well. Then, eat it! It’s a heavenly taste.
These days, you can find not only marinated crabs but also shrimps (새우장; Saewoojang) and abalones (전복장; Jeonbokjang). I tried them all but I think crabs are the best because it is hard to peel the shrimp and the abalones smell pretty fishy. However, it is good to try all of them 🙂 Be adventurous!
Some Gejang restaurants give you just white rice while others give you white rice with dried seaweed and an egg. Either of them is fine if the Gejang is good. Why don’t you try this weird Korean food?
게장 (Gejang): Marinated Crabs
간장게장 (Ganjang Gejang): Soy sauce marinated crabs
양념게장 (Yangnyum Gejang): Spicy marinated crabs
새우장 (Saewoojang): Soy sauce marinated shrimps
전복장 (Jeonbokjang): Soy sauce marinated abalones
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골목게장 (Golmok Gejang)