Bokjin Agujjim has been serving a mean platter of agujjim 아구찜 (spicy braised monkfish) for local residents and agujjim fanatics for over 10 years near City Hall (Ido-2dong). Their dish is served with big, tender chunks of monkfish (agu) mixed with beansprouts and a generous amount of fish eggs and intestine—the latter two ingredients being the restaurant’s unique take on this addicting dish. Their fish eggs and intestine have become so popular that the owners created a few other dishes to meet customers’ demands. They include ahl-nejang-jjim 알내장찜 (spicy braised eggs n intestine) for 28,000 won (medium) / 38,000 won (large) and a stew version called ahl-nejang-tang 알내장탕 (spicy egg n intestine stew) for a respectable 9,000 won per person. From what I hear, they’re all winners for those who like a little monkfish, eggs, and intestines.
I remember my first experience with this dish was not very pleasant, so I vowed to stay away from it if possible. However, having a partner who loves a good agujjim, she convinced me that she found a place that would put all my agujjim fears to rest. And it did. Out came a big platter filled with huge chunks of monkfish (think steak-like pieces) WITHOUT all the bones like in the past and WITH all the lobster-like, firm-textured meatiness that I love about this lesser known fish. Dipped in a combination of soy sauce and wasabi, it was pure joy with each and every bite (plenty of pics to prove down below). The entire meal was a blessing and forever changed my views on this dish with humble beginnings. If you’re a big fan of this dish, I promise you this place won’t disappoint. 🙂
FYI: Monkfish is nothing short of an ugly, slimy, and slightly terrifying creature from the deep depths of the ocean. If you can get the image of the fish out of your head, I’m pretty sure you’ll fall in love with this dish like I have. Hard to imagine something so ugly tasting so delicious, right?
*There’s some mixed feelings as I write this last review for my weekly segment on Wonders of Jeju. Half of me will miss the adventurous aspect of riding the scooter through unknown parts of the island and finding hidden gems when least expected; half of me is filled with anxious anticipation of the unknown future that awaits me, whether that be on Jeju, Seoul, or the States. In any case, it was a complete honor and pleasure to introduce some of the best restaurants on the island for the past 8 months, which includes an impressive 30+ restaurant reviews during that span. Things would not have been possible without some helping hands though. A big, special thanks to all the fans who tuned into the show each week to follow my Korean food adventures. It was great bonding with each and every one of you through our love of Korean food. A bigger, more special thanks to the Wonders of Jeju crew who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make the show fun and entertaining. You made it that much more bearable to come in to the studio at 11pm (my bedtime) every week. The biggest, most special thanks to the talented DJ Joe (aka Spankysdad). I couldn’t have stayed on as long as I did if it weren’t for your gracious hospitality, your endless on-air sarcasm, your cute son, and your fondness for chicken and beer (okay, I admit that’s me). Last but not least, much love and affection goes out to my partner MJ, who has pretty much been the better half of our adventures on Jeju. All things would not have been possible without your constant support and love. Thank you everyone and keep on eating Korean! 🙂
“Food is symbolic of love when words are inadequate.” ~ Alan D. Wolfelt
Food: ★★★★½ out of 5 stars
Service: ★★★★ out of 5 stars
Ambiance: ★★★½ out of 5 stars
Value: ★★★★ out of 5 stars
Bokjin Agujjim 복진 아구찜
Address: 1069-25 Ido-2dong, Jeju City (제주 제주시 이도2동 1069-25)
Hours: 11am ~ 9:30pm, closed 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month
Directions via Naver map: http://me2.do/GHInMBGU