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Monday Market -Sea Squirt – (멍게) Subphylum Urochordata, also called Tunicata

Posted in Quintesentially Korean by 노강호 on May 3, 2010

Looks like a wart infested hand-grenade

Is it a  ‘hand-grenade,’ ‘scrotum,’ ‘boil,’ ‘mess’? Actually, it’s a sea squirt and as it’s too easy to write this sea food off with unpleasant similes, I won’t. Out of water, the sea squirt is an ugly thing usually eaten raw (회). It is a fairly common sea food, especially in spring and is actually an animal that eats by sucking in water from which it filters out food. It remains fixed in one place and doesn’t move.  In their natural habitat they are strangely beautiful.

Bizarre but beautiful

Market mong-gae (멍개)


Their taste? Um…?! Well, yea! They probably grow on you like many Korean foods some of which have little taste but are nonetheless appealing! Mong-gae, is slimy and has a taste reminiscent of mild detergent. It has recently had some interesting publicity due to its apparent anti-cancer properties.  Often it is served on a bed of ‘sliced’ jellyfish. So, rather than simply read about it, go and try it! In my local seafood restaurant it costs about 15.000Won (c£7 sterling)

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  1. Maangchi said, on May 4, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    ooh, looking at the photo of meong ge (sea squirt) makes my mouth water. It’s my favorite! : )

  2. Nick said, on May 4, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    My God, my Korean Cooking heroine! Thanks.

  3. Ray Harris said, on July 10, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    Where can you find this in the US? My wife is Korean and loves mong gae, but we can’t find it in Tennessee.

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