K-Food Review: Korean Marinated Crab

M. Janakavi, Namakkal, Tamilnadu

Have you ever tasted Korean Marinated Raw crab? This name is quite misleading, as many folk expect it to be a raw crab, but it turns out to be a well-fermented crab dish. Let me bring in to you a salivating and tempting appetite recipe of the Korean marinated Raw Crab dish. This dish is known as Gejang, where Ge means Crab and Jang means soy sauce in Korean. It is popularly called as Kanjang Gejang, meaning marinated Raw crabs in Soy Sauce. Also, some regions in Korea call it as Gejeot as it stands for salty fermented seafood served with Rice as a side dish.

Picture Credits: Wikipedia

A Little History of Gejang 

South Korean people usually prefer to have food in fermented form as its full of good bacteria that helps to increase metabolism. This traditional dish has been in continuous existence since seventeenth century in Korea. Korean people love this dish, and that’s how it remains constant in the recipe books throughout generations with some twists of ingredients. Use of cooking wine while marinating, adding spirit drink and some slices of apple and pear fruits are among popular additions to the dish. Traditionally, women during the seventeenth century used Mul Yeot–a sticky liquid sugar, a conventional Korean ingredient to prepare the dish.

Crabs Used for Gejang 

Traditionally, Gejang is made with  Chinese Mitten Crab as it has a lot of fleshy part and due to their hard shell, the fermentation process takes longer but the taste is divine. Over time, Korean people mostly use Horse Crab called as Dolgel and Female Blue Crabs called as Kkotge and Rock crab,  where wonder rests in its freshness as it is eaten within a week. Preferably, there are two seasons to eat Gejang, one in the spring season for Horse Crab and fall season for blue female crab because of its bright colored eggs which has buttery and a sweet flavor.

Gejang Types  and How it tastes

At present, Gejang has many versions including marination with soy sauce, cooking wine with fruits and spicy version with chilli sauce. Kanjang Gejang or raw crab marinated with soya sauce is usually fermented during preparation for three days, whereas the spicy raw crab called ‘Yangnyeom Gejang’ is fermented for two days in the refrigerator. There’s many not well known marinated crab dishes with unique sweet and savory flavor enhanced by mild soy sauce called Doenjang Gejang and Japanese marinated Ghost Crab called Chil Gejang, a kind of grated crab dish among the popular side dishes in restaurants.

There are several ways to eat Gejang as some prefer it with seaweed laver, rice mixed with sesame oil similar to Bibimbap or many simply enjoy it with plain rice. Another way to try it is by mixing the Gejang with rice and then wrapping seaweed laver around it. The flavors’ just melts in mouth and tastes creamy with distinctive fragrance. Gejang is referred to as Bap Doduk, meaning Rice Stealer, as the marinated crabs stimulate the appetite that one doesn’t realize how much rice they are eating.

Famous Restaurants for Gejang in South Korea

There are many Restaurants in Korea for eating Marinated Raw Crabs. The dish is served with plenty of side dishes like Jogi tang meaning croaker soup, spicy crab stew Kkotge tang, salted fish and grilled mackerel. Here’s where to find the delicacy:

Gebangsikdang: Located in Nonhyeon dong, Gangnam District of South Korea. 

Jinmi sikdang: Located in Mapo -gu, Seoul, South Korea.

Ilmi restaurant: In Jangnam city, South Korea.

Bongsong dong Marinated crabs with Rice street: In this restaurant Rock crabs are used, its caught in Yeosu sea and has its own rich taste.

Kkot Dam restaurant: located in Suji  District, Yong in  city far from Seoul. People come here to eat and enjoy the view outside the restaurant. To know more, you can watch this video:

Video Credits: Arirang TV

Seafood lovers can look forward to try this dish. Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

20 Comments Add yours

  1. It looks so delicious❤️ I hope I can taste it some time in future. Well written 👏

  2. tahooracharfare says:

    I love eating crabs, sorry Namjoon
    And would give it a try just to see how it tastes bcuz I am not a fan of raw/uncooked food😅

  3. Sanchita says:

    Delicious article😍

  4. I have never ever tried seafood till now but reading this looks savoury😌🌻

  5. rupalikujur says:

    I like eating crabs 😁 But never had any chance to eat this type of crab. Will definitely keep in mind the recommended restaurants! 🤗✨

  6. I have heard about this before.. I really wanted to taste it. Thankyou for this insightful article about Korean Marinated Crab

  7. Seema says:

    Well explained… Would definitely love to explore the taste of it.👏🏻👏🏻

  8. Smriti. L says:

    I like eating crabs, would love to give try to this type of crab dish!

  9. I love how you mentioned the famous restaurants for Gejang in South Korea.

  10. mehaksharma2803 says:

    Reading the little history about it was so interesting 💜

  11. anishanath says:

    I love eating dishes which contains crab and reading this article,I feel like tasting it right now but sadly I can’t. I love trying new dishes and this dish looks awesome. I would surely try.

  12. Anushka Gupta says:

    Reading this at night…and now I’m hungry…… never tried crab …..but now i want to … badly

  13. Ammy says:

    And here we are finally talking of one of the best seafood dish of mine. Thank u writer😘💜

  14. Ammy says:

    Like the way you even added the restaurants who are top in lisr

  15. shwets007 says:

    Korea has always impressed me with the idea of having dishes which are fermented which is good for metabolism. This dish sounds very healthy and I might try it. Also want to appreciate the writer for putting down the restaurants where one can try the dish.

  16. suhasini17 says:

    A mouthwatering article!! Not a seafood lover but now wanna try it once…

  17. khiroda06 says:

    I’m not a big fan of crabs but this looks tasty though 👁️👁️💙

  18. amilakaur says:

    I never eat crab in my life..but wanna try once in a life….

  19. SHEFALI SINGH says:

    Really wants to try it after reading the article 🤤🤤

  20. I’ve heard about this dish in k-dramas! This sounds so delicious!😍 I’ll have to try this!

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