Pyohaejangguk and Kamjatang; what’s the difference?

I wanted to try something new for dinner. I rarely try new restaurants around the campus since it is very risky. number 1: Yes, we can now read the menu, but we don’t know yet what’s in the dish (even we already consulted our phone dictionary). number 2: the dish could be  very very spicy (there are dishes that even if you request for it to be less spicy, they can’t do anything anymore).

So we tried this restaurant near the subway station, it has 5 to 6 types of korean soup (국: guk). Sometimes it is helpful when there are photos of the dish in the menu or in the restaurant wall, it helps us to decide what to eat .

We usually eat Kamjatang (감자탕),  a pork bone soup with potato or kamja (감자). It reminds me of “Beef Nilaga” of “Pork Nilaga” , which is ofcourse spicy. by the way, it was our first lunch here in South Korea, when our group came in February 2010.

So from the usual kamjatang, we want to try something new, so we ordered Pyohaejangguk (뼈해장국). Until I realized that I had this dish the other day with a friend, but I just forgot the name of the dish, so I went to the ajuma to cancel my order, and change it to kamjatang, a single serving. (Kamjatang is usually in a big pot where 3 – 4 persons can share).   To my surprise,  the ajuma told me not to worry, because she said, Pyohaejangguk  is just the same as kamjatang, but without kamja…

so we didnt really try something new, but it was a satisfying meal though. Korean serving size is always big. I could even eat all in my bowl. It is very reasonable for a 4,500 won meal.


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