Squids? I love those squidgy, wiggly ones! Uh, uh!
Among all food, my favorite is seafood…any kind from fish to prawns to crabs to clams. Cooked or raw! I simply love them! Just thinking about them now, my mouth waters!
However, there is something that I avoid and each time I go to Korea, the topic will always come up.
Do I like those squidgy wiggly squids 🐙 or sannakji 산낙지 which are small live octopuses or squids cut into pieces and eaten raw as they are still squidgy and wriggly? Uh, uh! Sorry, this is one acquired taste that I just can’t stomach.
Can’t stomach this unfortunately
Squidgy, wiggly squids, Sannakji
When we hit Seoul for Park Sihoo-ssi’s 39th birthday celebration earlier this year, we wanted to try restaurants that he has been to before. On 31 March 2017, accompanied by Korean fan, Shin Sarang, we ended up at 오징어 청춘 Ojingeo Cheongchun, owned by his former manager, Kim Suyong-ssi 김수용 씨.
With a name like 오징어 or what they call squids in Korean, I braced myself to have to part take those squidgy, wiggly suckers that are a special in Korea, in case Park Sihoo-ssi also loves them. Yes, they serve them…but luckily, we could have options as he also ate other dishes on the menu. We chose to try two cooked dishes our favorite man had dined on previously. A spicy stir fried seafood with Korean rice cake 해물볶음, which included the restaurant’s name sake, squids, and another dish of lightly battered deep fried squids 오징어튀김 🐙 .
Where to find fresh food as only a foodie like Park Sihoo-ssi knows
The cosy, family like interior
Where the good food is prepared…
Was the food good? Yes, absolutely! And I bet you it would have tasted even better if we had eaten them hot, just as they were being served!
But we were a little carried away…snapping photos as Suyong-ssi was most hospitable and allowed us to dine at the same table in the private room where Park Sihoo-ssi sat! Of course we took turns to sit where he sat…and even photographed the autograph he presented to the restaurant where he sat! We really behaved like teeny boppers that day, going completely berserk over Park Sihoo-ssi’s association in 오징어 청춘! Hahaha! Unbelievable, these mature, grown women!
Shhh…mystery to Park Sihoo-ssi’s private room
The secret private room!
Inside that nicely decorated room
Ok, back to those squidgy, wiggly squids. I love the fried squids 오징어튀김. The light batter with a slight sprinkling of salt and pepper really brought out their delicious freshness! Not too heavy even though they were fried. Between the two dishes we ordered, this was more to my taste. The other seafood rice cake dish 해물볶음 was also yummilicious but was a little too spicy for me. Dorothy walloped them down with glee, relishing every bite! Her tastebuds are more attuned to the hot peppers and spice. And she gave the dish the thumbs up!
Park Sihoo-ssis autograph for the restaurant
Same autograph gracing the wall
Thank you for your hospitality, Suyong-ssi! We will be sure to come visit again and I am sure many other Park Sihoo-ssi fans will be equally game! In fact some have already passed through since we have been there! I am sure some of these ladies just might be adventurous enough to try those squidgy, wiggly little suckers too! Kekeke! 😄 😄 😄
And many thanks to Shin Sarang who kept us company. We had a lot of fun with our chicken and duck talk! And if all else failed, we said simultaneously “Line, line!” And my dear, you look simply beautiful wearing a Hanbok! I hope very sincerely that soon, some dashing young man will come and sweep you off your feet! Ok, someone already has! Hahaha!
The seat of honor…where Park Sihoo sat in the private room
在所有的食品当中，我的最爱是海鲜…不管是鱼、虾、螃蟹或蛤蜊。 煮熟的或生吃的！ 我都喜欢😍！ 想到海鲜，我就流口水了！
Do I really want this try these squidly, wiggly suckers?
我究竟喜欢抽搐蠕动的乌贼或sannakji산낙지吗？这是小章鱼切片，身体还扭动着、沾上酱，生吃。 嗯,嗯! 对不起，这是一种得习惯的嗜好，我不能忍受。
这回经过首尔去扶余参加施厚君的39岁生日会时，想去一些他光顾的餐馆尝试他吃过的一些佳肴。 在2017年3月31日我们的好同伴韩粉Shin Sarang介绍并陪同我们去了오징어 청춘 Ojingeo Cheongchun餐厅，是施厚君的前助理，金苏阳君 Kim Suyong-ssi 김수용 씨所开的一家餐厅。
Spicy seafood with rice cake…hot stuff!
Ojingeo 오징어是韩语的乌贼。看餐厅有乌贼的名称，心想若施厚君喜欢吃抽搐蠕动的乌贼산낙지，那没办法，也得忍着尝试一口。是的，在餐厅有这道菜，但幸好，施厚君也在这吃了其他的菜肴，所以我们有得选择。我们选择尝试另外两道菜。一道是辣味海鲜年糕해물볶음，也有乌贼在内，和轻炸乌贼오징어튀김 🐙。
但我们都被分心了…顾着拍照。金苏阳君 Kim Suyong-ssi好客，特别照顾，让我们在施厚君之前用过的私人房里和同一张桌子用餐！我们就轮着坐他所坐过的座位，也摆着他为餐厅的签名在他坐的座位拍照！当天就像天真的青少女疯狂的拍摄施厚君在오징어 청춘餐厅的一切！哈哈哈！ 令人难以置信的是这几位成熟的女人也会有这样不寻常的行为！
Deep fried squids and sweet potato were more to my taste
好啦，回到那些抽搐蠕动的乌贼菜肴。我喜欢油炸的乌贼오징어튀김 ，轻轻的一层面糊，撒上一些盐和胡椒，带出了乌贼的新鲜美味！两道菜之间，这道菜更符合我的口味。那辣海鲜年糕 해물볶음 也特别好吃上味，但对我有点太辣了。Dorothy 多萝茜可乐了，辣味是她的菜，兴高采烈的，吃得津津有味。她给了这道菜大拇指哦！
Squidgy, wiggly squids…chilli stir fried! Real hot stuff!
Ho,ho…real hot stuff!
金苏阳君 Kim Suyong-ssi，感谢你的款待！我们一定会再来光顾，相信许多厚粉们也会来品尝你们家的菜肴！其实已经有好几位厚粉在我们之后已经关顾了，有可能有些也会尝试那些抽搐蠕动的乌贼哦！ Kekeke！😄 😄 😄
非常感谢好朋友Shin Sarang的陪伴。 我们的鸡讲鸭谈非常的有趣开心！ 一讲不通，我们就会同时说“Line, line!” 亲爱的，穿着韩服的妳看起来特别的漂亮！ 非常真诚地希望很快的，有位潇洒的男生会到来，把妳给迷个颠倒！ 哦，是的，已经有一位了！ 哈哈哈！
Address for 오징어 청춘 Ojingeo Cheongchun 餐厅地址
Address for 오징어 청춘 Ojingeo Cheongchun in Gangnam, Seoul
Photo Credits – Many thanks! imbc.co.kr, eatinkorea.com, Dorothy, Shin Sarang, Nance