During this cold weather, eating hot soup is more likely the food that everyone will be looking for. There are a lot of soup choices in South Korea and one of a must-try soups is Chu-eo-Tang.
Samgyetang, Kalbitang, Ppyyohaejangguk, Kimchi Jjiggae or Dwaeji Jjigae were the most common soups that people may know and crave during this winter. And only a few people may know another traditional Korean soup which is made from pond loach, a freshwater fish, which is called Chu-eo-Tang. Chueo (추어) is a nickname for pond loach. This pond loach is boiled and grinded into pieces until it can be mixed with other ingredients.
On December 31, 2018, we went to a Chu-eo-Tang restaurant. My Korean friend who was with me, it was her first time to eat this kind of food while me, I ate this a lot during my stay here in South Korea. According to her, it really has a Korean taste like Korean rice soup called Gukbap (국밥). The ingredient used is unfamiliar for her even though she is Korean. Before she saw the dish, she felt a little scared of tasting it since she was expecting to see a whole body of loach in Chueotang. Fortunately, this dish is served mincing the loach that we cannot see the fish shape itself.