“The first thing you have to do,” a friend told Jonathan Gold for his first trip to Seoul, “is find out if there is a Losangelestown in Korea.” But first he has a meal that seems ripped straight out of an Anthony BourdainNo Reservations episode: "The soup smelled and tasted like an animal’s insides, although in a pleasant way once you added the requisite dose of chile paste. Oddest of all was a pale kind of sausage that I originally thought was small intestine but later came to realize was probably a local specialty of poached squid stuffed with gooey clotted blood, which was kind of an elegant take on the Korean blood sausage sundae. So basically, I’d stumbled into every tourist’s nightmare: You go out for some noodles, and you end up with the back end of an abattoir. I finished every drop." [LAW]
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