Hwe. An excellent presentation made to look like a bunch of discarded foreskins turned inside out.
The last time I talked about this, I said Korean raw fish is a sloppy inferior and left it at that. The truth is, they shouldn't be compared to in the first place. It's exactly like comparing steak to a hamburger, and I'll explain why-
Sashimi is eaten by itself. At most it's dipped in wasabi and soy sauce, and garnished with white radish thread. You can even cleanse your palate with ginger after every bite. It's a naked dish that relies solely on the freshness of the ingredient.
Koreans eat raw fish completely differently. Whereas sashimi is eaten as a first course before heavier flavors are introduced, Hwe is preceeded by dozen different side dishes right off the bat, and you eat everything however you like. You don't eat Hwe by picking up a piece, letting it sit on your tongue as you slowly chew and let the flavors spread over your palate, stopping only to casually remark to your friends, “Oh I prefer toro , but the fugu sashimiI had in Tokyo was simply to die for.” or “Oh, this is nothing compared to the time my Japanese host family ordered omakase when I studied abroad in Osaka.”
You eat Hwe by taking a sloppy pile of fish, slathering it in the soy-sauce/wasabi or the two heavier sauces, and eating it wrapped in a leaf or by itself. Among the side dishes can be raw garlic, onions, white radish, pumpkin, jeon, dressed salad, crustaceans, tofu, even fried fish. Obviously, none of this shit has any subtlelty at all, and eating it in conjunction with sashimi would totally overpower the flavor of the sashimi.
Another thing Korean raw fish has going for it is the fish is killed on the spot, so it doesn't get any fresher than that. You can't do that with a 700 pound tuna. I don't know how common this fresh kill practice is, because I live seaside and all the restaurants have an assortment of fish tanks.
The only commonality between the hwe and sashimi is that they feature sliced raw fish. If your tongue is delicate like a child with Hodgkin's lymphoma, sashimi is for you. If you enjoy a wider range of strong textures and flavors, much like the calloused head of a circumcised penis, I recommend hwe.
I'm certainly not in love with hwe. But I liked it a hell of a lot better when I wasn't comparing it to sashimi. As with this country, it's culture, and every other one, if you want to have a great experience you have to appreciate it for what it is.
Coincidentally, that's also how you avoid being a nasty cunt that nobody likes to hang out with because you bitch all the time about how everything sucks.
Alright I'm off to the beach cause nobody's supervising me. Later, faggettes!