Life in Korea

Korean Food | Gul Jeon (굴전)

The secret to radiant, young-looking and healthy skin? It’s not in your makeup pouch. It’s in your diet. Here’s one Korean beauty food that I love.. Oyster Jeon (gul-jeon)!

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In Korea, oysters taste best in winter season. It is usually sold for 2,500 – 3,000 won per pack. On our way home yesterday, Hubby and I dropped by the supermarket to grab some yogurt and milk. I headed to the seafood section to say hello to Ajushi the vendor. We’ve known him for quite a while as we always buy fish from him. He gave me three packs of fresh oysters for only 5,000 won. He also added a jar of my favorite ojingeojeot (fermented salty squid) for free. Wooot! What a lucky day!

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I usually eat raw oysters with chogochujang (hot chili paste with vinegar) but  yesterday  I prepared some oyster jeon also called as gul jeon as requested by Hubby.

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Ingredients:

  • Fresh oysters (3 packs)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • chopped green onions
  • chopped bell pepper (optional)
  • chopped red chili pepper (exclude this if you don’t want spicy one)
  • 1 cup of buchim-garu (Korean pancake flour mix)

Wash the oysters with water and drain. Sprinkle some salt and place the oysters on a kitchen towel to dry.

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Put the flour and oysters in a plastic bag (or zip lock). Mix gently but make sure the oysters are coated well.

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Beat the eggs and add the chopped green onions and peppers.

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Dip the flour-coated oysters into the egg mixture and fry on an oiled pan in medium heat.

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When both sides of the jeon become golden brown, it is done. You can enjoy it plain or with a dipping sauce (chili flakes, soy sauce & vinegar mixture is my favorite ). It’s so easy, right?

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A diet rich in oysters actually helps maintain collagen levels in our skin. It allows the skin to retain its elasticity and delays the onset of wrinkles. This superfood also contains high levels of iron, zinc, vitamin A and other beauty-boosting nutrients which are essential for healthy hair and nails and of course, glowing skin! Have some oysters regularly and see how beauty truly comes from within!

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