-Cycle 2, Item 302-
3 (Thu) November 2011
Yukgaejang (육개장) is a spicy soup that consists of shredded beef and various vegetables, typically gosari (고사리) (bracken fern), bean sprouts, radish, leeks, onion, and garlic.
Although it remains popular, the dish is inexplicably difficult to find on restaurant menus in Korea; by contrast, I recall that it was a fairly common item at Korean restaurants in the States.
Continuing to make my life a lot easier, E-Mart has recently released a line of ready-made soups that come in plastic bags and require nothing more than reheating. This yukgaejang is the only one that I've tried, so far. Remarkably, it tasted exactly like the real thing, not the best that I've ever had, but good enough, as if a cook had actually made it to order, not a whiff of the artificiality often found in instant foods mass produced by a factory. Still, the expiration date was listed as 20 December 2011, so it's certainly not without preservatives. I'll keep a couple in the fridge for just-in-case moments.