I know that Korean cuisine can have some of the most exotic looking food, and I think that perhaps sea snails are one of them.
Known as “golbangee [gohl-bang-ee] moochim” in Korean, these sea snails smothered in spicy pepper paste and mixed with a variety vegetables are well-enjoyed delicacy in South Korea, where people often consume them with soju or makgulee (rice wine).
I like to pair my golbangee moochim with some somyun noodles, not only because they lessen the overall spice level of the dish but also because I just like to incorporate some carb into my meals 😆. But if you can handle the spice or if you want to cut down on the carbs, noodles are completely optional!
- 1 can of sea snails (can pretty much buy them from any Korean markets)
They look something like this:
- somyun noodles
- 1-2 cucumbers, thinly cut
- 1 onion, cut into strips
- 1 carrot, thinly cut
- 2 bell peppers, thinly sliced
- 3 tbsp. gochujang (red pepper paste)
- 1/2 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 1/2 tbsp. brown sugar
- 1 1/2 tbsp. vinegar (can substitute with mirin)
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- a pinch of sesame seeds to garnish
- Drain the liquid from the can and wash the sea snails in cold water for several minutes. Make sure that you wash until there are no bubbles visible.
- Cut the sea snails into smaller pieces. Some cans may contain ones that are already cut into bite-sized pieces for you.
- Cook the somyun noodles in boiling water for 6-10 mins. They generally will not take longer.
- For the sauce, combine the gochujang, soy sauce, brown sugar, vinegar and mix until they become a homogeneous mixture.
- Add the sea snails, vegetables, somyun noodles and mix until all the ingredients are thoroughly coated with with the sauce (or you can simply place them separately on the plate like what I did if you don’t want spicy noodles).
- Add some drops of sesame oil and mix again. This reduces spiciness and makes the dish more savory.
- Finally, garnish with a sprinkle (or more) or sesame seeds!
If you’ve tried it, let me know how your experience was trying this seemingly strange food!
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