진미식당(Jinmi Sikdang) | My Date with the Rice Thief


진미식당(Jinmi Sikdang) is a restaurant specializing in 간장게장 (ganjang gejang). I was sceptical upon realizing that this was raw fermented crab, yet at the same time I was inexplicably curious. My dad exclaimed that this is a test, because “if my stomach can take this, I can eat anything”.

Ordering was a simple affair. So simple, that there was no ordering. Upon being seated, the staff, like clockwork, progressively brought out the side dishes.

Following which, came the star of the night.

Ganjang Gejang soyce sauce crab seoul korea

My eyes lit up with my first taste of ganjang gejang. Yes it was raw, but it wasn’t fishy. Being uncooked, the meat was smooth and silky. The flesh was delicate, extremely exquisite. Its natural sweetness was accentuated by the soy sauce marinade. The greatest joy came from the roe, which were as robust as roe can be.

Ganjang Gejang soyce sauce crab seoul korea

Eat it alone, mix it in rice, or wrap it in their different varieties of seaweed.

It is obvious that ganjang gejang demands intricate preparation, precisely striking the harmony between subtlety and flavour. While the menu is limited, it is evident that serving one dish is good enough, if the restaurant can make it this delicious. We visited near closing time on a weekday night, and Jinmi Sikdang was fully packed.

진미식당 Jinmi Sikdang


Address: 186-6 Mapo-daero, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Phone: +82-2-3211-4468