Puffer fish is a delicacy that I make sure to get whenever I am in Korea!
If you do try it, just make sure to go to a restaurant with a chef licensed in puffer fish cuisine because parts of the fish are lethally poisonous and must be removed by a skilled professional. Bogeo Jap Neun Saram Deul (Translation: People Who Catch Puffer Fish) in Gyeongsan, South Korea is somewhere that I frequently go to get quality puffer fish!
They have extensive seating indoors but no outdoor seating.
They offer dishes sold separately or different set meals which come with a range of dishes to try.
We ordered the B course set which came with all kinds of puffer fish dishes including fried fish, fish bulgogi, marinated fish skin, fried rice, and soup. The price ranged about 108,000 Korean won ~$88 USD for a 4 person meal, which was very reasonable for the amount of food we got.
The set meal comes with side dishes including pickled onions, marinated seaweed, cabbage salad, marinated spinach, sweet potatoes, and mul kimchi (water kimchi)
I love puffer fish because of the texture, which is both tender and chewy.
The fried puffer fish is extremely crispy and juicy on the inside. They also give you fried onions and sweet potatoes. You can dip in the soy sauce for extra flavor.
The marinated puffer fish skin has a very chewy texture and it very firm. The texture is personally not my favorite, but you would like it if you like chewy textures! The sauce is spicy and tangy.
The puffer fish jjim is marinated and boiled in a spicy sauce and mixed with bean sprouts, and minari. The fish was soft enough to melt in the mouth!
The puffer fish bulgogi is pan fried in a spicy sauce and topped with bean sprouts.
It is very spicy but delicious, especially when enjoyed with rice. After you finish most of the fish, they will add rice and seaweed and surround it with egg. The combo of fish bulgogi and fried rice is my personal favorite part of the set meal!
If you find the other dishes too spicy, you can also enjoy the puffer fish jiri, which is a clear soup with puffer fish, bean sprouts, and minari. The broth is refreshing and is the perfect way to end the meal!
Whether or not it’s your first time trying bokeo, I highly recommend Bogeo Jap Neun Saram Deul in Geongsan!
Address: 77 대학로 Gyeongsan-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea