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Calling for gulbi/jogi experts

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To my astonishment, Korean gulbi is not discussed at all on the boards. Not as goolbi, goolbee or gulbee, either. A common sight in upscale Korean markets, packaged as expensive gifts. While some of these "fish on a rope" -yellow croakers and corvinas- are the cheap varieties, certain special (regional) varieties regularly sell for hundreds of dollars. I have not tasted these (seems like wasted money on such common sounding fish), but possibly gulbi experts out there could shed some light on the taste difference among the various grades. Why the extreme price difference?

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  1. I have no idea why those things are so expensive, what a good question. I forget how to use them and don't you use them as funeral offerings?

    1. Not sure what the price difference is all about, but the ridiculous gift set prices seem to be common practice with a lot of prized proteins. Either way a good broiled salted gulbi with rice is like magic! So tasty.

      Here's some information I found: http://english.seoul.go.kr/cav/do/uni...