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This dish may be very ugly but the way it tastes—you won’t care how it looks anymore

Changwon Masan Spicy Braised Monkfish becomes a brand name now. It is a delicious dish that everyone knows in Korea. It is also a typical Korean spicy dish.

In the past, because of its ugliness and unpleasant taste, monkfish were thrown back to ocean when caught. Masan’s special recipe made it so delicious and enormously popular. Spicy Braised Monkfish started at crossroad of Odong-dong district in Masan city. It consists of stir-fried soybean sprouts, Korean watercress, ascidian (a sea squirt), chili powder and chili paste.

As for Changwon Masan Spicy Braised Monkfish, only monkfish caught between February and September and sun-dried for 20-30 day are used. Besides chili powder, soybean paste is added in the cooking process. This can completely remove the original smell of fish. Monkfish taste very special. Its meat is firm with a texture similar to lobster and is palatable and chewy.

Changwon Masan Spicy Braised Monkfish Recipe

Main ingredient:
Monkfish (large chunk pieces)

Other ingredients:
Styela clava (sea squirt)
Soybean sprouts
Scallion (chopped)
Garlic (minced)
Watercress (cut into 1.5 inch pieces)
Starch (diluted in water)

Spice ingredient:
Chili powder
Sesame oil
Sesame seeds

1. In a cooking pan at high heat, add monkfish, pre-made special broth, sea squirt and soybean sprouts on top (note: make sure sprouts cover all ingredients underneath). Then cover cooking pan for 3 minutes.
2. Open the lid, add the following ingredient in this order: scallion (1-inch pieces), garlic, secret seasoning (prepared beforehand), chili powder, salt and starch, stir and mix thoroughly. Then stir in watercress. Cover for 20 seconds.
3. Open cover, add sesame oil and sesame seeds.
4. Enjoy

Direction for making special broth:
In a large cook pot, add water, monkfish born, garlic (whole head), ginger, scallion(split in the middle cut into 1.5-inch pieces), onion, kelp, and cook for 1 hour. Drain then add 1 tablespoon of soybean paste in broth.

Direction for making secret seasoning:
Put dried mussel, dried kelp, dried shrimp, dried mushroom in blender and grind into powder.

About Changwon City

Changwon City is about a 30-minute driving distance from Busan. As the capital city of
Gyeongsangnam-do, its culture presents art displays that are generously impressive. The city includes the famous Changdong Art Village, hundred year old alleys, and a 60-year-old bookstore. It is also known as a beloved hideout for artists. The city is full of artistic delights at every corner!

Artistic murals are seen everywhere in the art village. Colorful walls arouse your little girl’s heart

Every corner is a space of creativity for artwork.

Fresh seafood and a variety delicious snacks are seen everywhere at Masan fish market and the Monkfish street at Odong-dong.

Cozy coffee shops, galleries and art workshops are dotted along the metasequoia-lined road in Changwon Garosu-gil. It is popular gathering place for local young people.

Gagopa Kkoburang-gil Mural Village is a small village with walls decorated with mural paintings illustrating the old landscapes of Changwon, such as its sea and port, and other diverse themes such as animals, flowers, pop art, and more. This is a popular tourist attraction.

The House of Changwon has lived for two hundred years. This complex was set up to preserve traditional Korean culture. The beeswax figures inside the buildings reenact scenes from the Joseon Dynasty. It is offering visitors a chance to travel back in time.

Changwon is a city full of arts, history and delicious food. Come to experience the unique culture and taste the fascinating food for yourself. Please come on adventure.

Visit Changwon City official site