1.266 Yuk Hoe

-Cycle 1, Item 266-
28 September 2010

Yuk Hoe


at Baek Je

-Jongro, Seoul-

Yuk hoe is a Korean beef dish.  Consists of raw beef, seasoned with sesame oil and a touch of soy sauce, tossed with julienned pear and cucumber, topped with a raw egg yolk.

As previously explained, "yuk" refers to beef (see generally 1.145 Yuk Sashimi), while "hoe" means "raw."

Never been a fan.

This restaurant, whose yuk hoe has been famous for decades, uses frozen beef. I suppose it was fresh at the time of freezing.  The platter consisted of 500 grams of frozen beef, plus the veggies and egg, all for 30,000 won (compared to 40,000 won for a 150-gram serving of sashimi beef above).


  1. did you know that all sashimi has to be frozen first in the US? something about killing some bacteria by freezing them. so even at the most expensive japanese restaurants serving the "freshest" fish, the fish was first frozen. do you think the same type of "freshness" concept applies for beef? i mean, at in n out they say their beef was never frozen, so i realize beef doesn't have to be frozen first, but maybe it still stays "fresh" if frozen while fresh. like the frozen vegetables you buy at the grocery store. they're frozen at the peak harvest/freshness time, so they retain more nutrition than a lot of actual "fresh" vegetables. am i just a sucker for marketing??

  2. yes, i heard about the sashimi freezing requirement (but always wondered if it wasn't urban legend).

    however, i saw a documentary on tuna fishing in japan. as soon as they caught one, they'd immediately put it into some kind of super instant minus 1000 degrees freezing process right on the boat. something about this process doesn't allow ice crystals to form, which apparently destroy the integrity of the fish, freezer burn i guess. but then the fish somehow thaws in an instant back to its original state.

    anyway, i don't think "fresh" and "frozen" are necessarily exclusive of each other. i think it has to do with when something is frozen (like at peak harvest time) and how they do it (like if you just throw some stuff into your freezer at home without treating it in whatever water solution they use at the factory, it'll "burn").

    likewise, i don't think "never frozen" is the same thing as "fresh."

  3. should i be worried that you don't seem to have eaten during the first third of October? is everything okay?