Went to moo bong ri in Oakland tonight. Seasonal blues and a hangover called out for soup. Koreans have a wide repertoire of healing soups but I’ve never had sundae guk before tonight (or soon-dae. This ain’t no ice cream!). I ordered the spicy soup set which came with a side of mostly sweet potato starch noodle stuffed blood sausage and two pieces of pork sausage and a pile of…offal?
Condiments include saeujot, or fermented briny baby shrimp, salt with chili flakes, green onions, ground perilla seeds, and some chili paste. Also kimchi, radish kimchi (good) and a Chinese chive salad.
The soup was delicious. Spicy with chunks of the sausage and offal bits, the nutty flavor of the perilla seeds, and I believe some shredded perilla leaves, too. The sausage might be texturally challenging for some. Sticky. If you get it by itself find the chili salt to flavor it.
The very friendly server suggested their galbi tang or yukkaejang for the faint of heart that can’t deal with the blood and bits, as I plan to bring some folks over here.
I love me a Bloody Mary, but this soup put me on my feet again! Think East Asian menudo.