August 30th, 2010. Chicken Gizzards at RakuRaku!
After work I met up with the boys, The Most Interesting Man In The World, Ho Chen & Easy E at the Redwood Golf Course to shoot some balls. Hehehe, lots of fun!! Afterwards Ho Chen and I were lead to RakuRaku by The Most Interesting Man In The World to try some chicken poop sacs……(also known as chicken gizzards, according to wikipedia!)
Even I, as a Korean, have never tried this “delicacy”! It goes without saying that I was quite apprehensive about it just as much as Ho Chen! TMIMITW…what are you gettin us into!!
The Seafood Hotpot even had half a small crab in it! Yay! Not the best I’ve had by any stretch, but the hot pot still had decent flavor, a nice variety of seafood and at least it had a clean finish. It was nice that they served it with the burner to keep it hot 🙂
The couple next to us were eating this dish..so we asked them what it was. Either they had no idea or they didn’t want to tell us. there was a lot of “umm…?? chicken? pork? ummm…hmmmm….” when our server came around we just pointed and said: “we’d like an order of that!” Lol! I think it’s just Sweet & Spicy Pork.
The Chicken Gizzards actually came out as a pretty hefty serving and I was thinking “oh, my……first time trying this and there’s that much??!” Well….chicken must use their butt holes ALOT! The “poop sacs” aren’t really tender as they are…muscular….lol! I know, sounds weird! They weren’t bad, and seasoned with salt and pepper and sesame oil gave it a great flavor….but….LOL!!!!
Can someone explain to me why this place is called “Korean cuisine” when it’s just Korean bar food? On that vein, why is it we don’t have any really nice Korean restaurants that can exemplify the elegance and skill of good Korean cooking? Why all these places with “cheap”er foods? If non-Koreans think the best that Korean food can get is just hot pot or the cheap version of jap-chae we’re really not doing a good job of showcasing the potential of Korean cusine! (Okay, rant ends now..!)