Hangover Soup 2

Native Blood-Sausage and Gamjatang
(토종순대 감자탕)
Downtown, Daegu

Overview
The Good+ Delicious soups
+ Higher quality
+ More sides
+ Same convenient location
The Bad- Pork only
Best for: Drinking, late night meals, solo lunches, "Hangover Soup"

A while back I wrote about a 24/7 downtown restaurant that serves Haejangguk (해장국), or "hangover soup."  A frequent destination before, during or after a long night of inebriation, I believed their "boned" (뼈다귀) Haejangguk was the key to hangover prevention.

But that was a long time ago.  Indeed I've learned a lot since then.

For one, I've learned that the title of Haejangguk, or "hangover soup," applies to a variety of different soups.  This 뼈다귀 ("boned") variety, with its red spicy broth and pig vertebrae, only happens to be the most commonly known.  However, after painstaking research, it seems the healthiest and most effective cure for hangovers is Kongnamul Gukbap (콩나물국밥), a blander but more nutritious "bean sprout and rice soup."

But if still craving that delicious spiciness of the pork-spine Haejangguk, another thing I've learned is a better place to find it.  Just next door to the old Haejangguk place is  "Native Blood-Sausage & Gamjatang."   They specialize in brilliant pork dishes with ingenious uses of pig parts.  You can call them Ein-swines.

Food  
Their first title food is Soon-dae, or "blood sausage."  These slices of intestine, packed with blood-soaked noodles, are usually bland, mushy and unrewarding.  However, they make bearable additions to some of the stews and soups this place offers.

Their second title food is Gamjatang (감자탕), the spicy soup with pork spine-meat similar to the "boned" Haejangguk (뼈다귀 해장국) discussed above, which they also serve.  The main difference here is the former comes in a large pan for multiple people while the latter comes as single servings.

Let's take a closer look at their menu.  Call the hambulance, there is pork everywhere.
Their menu items, written vertically, are numbered with translations and descriptions below.  Even farther below are pictures of some recommended dishes.*

Items #3-8 come in two sizes: large for 3 people or small for 2.  Say "dae jjah" (대짜) or "so jjah" (소짜), respectively, when ordering.  Just don't challenge them to a Karate match.  You'll get porkchopped.

Items #1 & 2 and 9-13 are single servings.

  1. Bi-bim-mak Guk-su - Noodles and veggies mixed in a red spicy and sour sauce, similar to 냉면 (naeng-myun).  \6,000 for 1 person.
  2. Mool-mak Guk-su - Same as #1 except in soup.
  3. *Gam-ja-tang - Their specialty dish, comes in a large pan on a table stove.  It's a red spicy soup similar to Hae-jang-guk (해장국, #9).  Includes noodles, cabbage, onions, leeks (no potatoes, despite its name) and pork.  The meat comes attached to vertebrae, but it's so tender from boiling that it's easily removed.  
  4. Soon-dae Jun-gole - Blood sausage (순대) mixed with veggies in a stew (전골).
  5. Gop-chang Jun-gole - Pork small intestine (곱창) mixed with veggies in a stew (전골).
  6. *Su-yuk - Slices of steamed pork on a plate, similar to Bossam (보쌈).  Wrap up some meat with bean paste (된장), salty shrimp (새우), onions (양파) in a leaf of lettuce (상추).  Makes great anju (안주), meaning chaser for Soju shots.  Served with bowls of soup (순대따로국밥, #10) per person.  The 금연 sign taped to the menu means "no smoking" .... not part of the dish name.
  7. Mo-deum Soon-dae - A variety mixture (모듬) including blood sausages (순대).
  8. Soon-dae Bboke-eum - Fried blood sausages.
  9. *Bbyuh-da-gwee Hae-jang-guk - Pork spine meat, attached to the bone, in a red spicy soup.  Similar to Gam-ja-tang, except single person servings in this case.  Mentioned above, pictured below.
  10. Soon-dae Ddah-lo Guk-bap - Blood sausages and veggies in a white broth.  Comes with rice in a "separate" (따로) bowl, not mixed in the soup like other Gukbaps.
  11. *Dwae-ji Ddah-lo Guk-bap - Similar to #10 except more meat and no blood sausages.  Its chunks of pork are very soft and fatty.  The soup gives off a strong porky aroma and is otherwise bland.  Add some salt (소금), salty shrimp (새우) and pepper paste (고추장) for that much needed flavor.  Or I recommend just sticking with #9.
  12. Uhl-keun-i Soon-dae Guk-bap - Same as #10 except spicy.  (얼큰이 is a word for "spicy" used specifically for soups.)
  13. Uhl-keun-i Dwae-ji Guk-bap - Just another variation of these similar soups, literally "spicy pork soup."  


Recommended:

#3.   Gam-ja-tang (감자탕)

 #6.   Su-yuk (수육)

#9.   Bbyuh-da-gwee Hae-jang-guk (뼈다귀 해장국) [Also pictured at top]

#11.  Dwae-ji Ddah-lo Guk-bap (돼지따로국밥)




Atmosphere

Quite similar to our old Haejangguk place next door in terms of the settings and the crowd, except a little smaller and less stylish.  Choose either floor or table seating.  There's even a balcony out front, although I've never seen anyone dining there.

Like the other place, it is a popular destination for drinkers.  It tends to be on the empty side throughout the day, but business picks up at night due to a concoction of factors.  First, it is conveniently located between club street ("Rodeo") and downtown's main taxi port.  Second, their dishes include a well-known "hangover soup."  Furthermore, many of their dishes are also popular forms of anju (안주), meaning food eaten while drinking alcohol, Soju in this case.




Location

Located about six stores down from the Samduk Fire Station (삼덕소방서).  It's on the same side as the 7/11, just after the One Trick snowboard shop and the Haejangguk place.  Also, it's across the street from the arcade and the large, well-lit BBQ place.

The Address is: 대구광역시 중구 삼덕동1가 55-14
See map



Too many cheesy jokes here, so it's time for a dirty joke:

....a pig fell in the mud.

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