Loach soup, a summer stamina soup in Korea


This is loach soup, or mudfish soup,
called chueotang in Korean. It’s summer and it’s getting hot. Feeling tired in the boiling weather,
I had some chueotang. There’s a saying in Korea
that you should fight the heat with heat. The loaches are usually ground in a blender
before being boiled. One wouldn’t even be able to know that chueotang is made with loaches unless someone mentions it. Boiled with soy bean paste, it tastes strong,
yet refreshing. Loaches can be enjoyed as a fried dish as well. One can vividly taste the bones
when eating fried loaches. Each piece is a whole loach fried from head to tail.

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