Unexpected Sweet Shrimp in Seoul

This was the most “lost in translation” experience I’ve ever had, completely lost. Last week I and my husband transited in Seoul during our trip back to Indonesia. We hadn’t had dinner and were so hungry that anything looked yummy for us. The reason we entered this small restaurant was because of its live seafood display. The owner gave us the menu .. no picture and all Korean, the only thing we understood was the price. After flipping all the pages with no idea, He wanted us to follow him to the seafood aquarium display and asked us to choose what we wanted to have. There were snails, funny fishes, skinny crabs, mussels in several types … we ended up pick the shrimps as it looked more familiar.

At that point we entrusted our dinner to him, not knowing what kind of food he would provide us with that shrimps.

5 minutes later, the waiters brought us the seaweed soup, baked sardine, snails, and oyster, ha!!!! What happened to the shrimp ? and who ordered these ? Finally the shrimp came out, in sashimi style …. not what we expected at all. The thing is we are not the fans of sashimi. The owner came and taught us how to eat it using dipping sauce ( sweet tomato chili sesame oil taste ) and also how to take off the head shell and eat the head which was separated and fried. Unexpectedly it was the most delicious shrimp I’ve ever eaten, honestly I will order it again next time, no doubt!!!

The side dishes were also delicious, love them. Later on we found out that the sides are gratis and no matter what menu you pick, it will always be served with seaweed soup, baked sardine, snails, and oyster to accompany, just like other Korean food that has many side dishes in general.. nice! I just very enjoyed the moment of lost in translation in Seoul that night 🙂