Sometimes, on Wednesday nights, the NETs at my school get together and grab dinner. A few weeks ago we opted for a Daegu delicacy, makchang (막창). Similar to chitlins, makchang is actually grilled pig intestines… sounds good, right? They belong to the anju food group, aka food to be consumed alongside soju. I’m not a soju fan and I was sick… so I opted out. It’s a popular dish, is appropriately freaky, and originated in this area, so we bit the bullet and tried a place near work.
|our makchang on the grill|
It was served with lettuce leaves for wrapping, onions, garlic, and some kind of ssamjang. They also gave us a frosty cabbage soup and squid salad. The pieces were pretty big so we cut them.
Ultimately… it was good. It had a slightly sweet flavor, enhanced by the sauce. We got the spicy variety but it didn’t pack too much heat. Some of my fellow diners were put off by the chewy texture as well as the flavor. My Korean coworker described it as “bold.” Honestly, wrapped up in my lettuce leaf, I didn’t find it to be particularly strong. Would I eat it again? Yeah. For the price, though, I’d rather have some good samgyeopsal or galbi.
Freaky Food: Makchang
Verdict: Decent, but not worth the price