~ 곱창 at Ahgassi Gopchang ~
I love gopchang (small intestines). I don’t remember when I first started loving it. Some time in my childhood, I am sure I had gone through a phase of being disgusted by it while watching my parents lovin’ on ‘em. I mean, ewwww….they’re internal organs and just so ewww ewww…How can anyone even eat that, let alone, actually like eating them and do so willingly? I didn’t touch the stuff (nor any kind of icky internal organs) throughout my childhood years.
It was some time in my adult years when gopchang made its way onto my budding, more adventurous repertoire. I wish I could tell you the story of how I suddenly decided to just suck it up, close my eyes and nose, and just pop a piece into my mouth, only to discover that wow, it’s actually good! But I can’t, as I have no recollection of how and when it happened, exactly.
I have gotten more daring over the years with what I’d put in my mouth, compared to when I was a kid. I mean, there are still many, many things that all the money in the world could not get me to eat. I know I wouldn’t eat dogs, rats, balut, cats, possum….and that’s just to name a few.
I was in the mood for gopchang the other night and decided to try Ahgassi Gopchang in Ktown, Los Angeles. I’ve seen posts from here and have passed by it many times but have never tried it.
I came with someone who has never had gopchang before, someone who cringed even at the mention of it. Catboy said he’s never even heard of gopchang before until the recent years.
“We can go some place else,” I said.
“It’s okay. We can check it out and I can get something else,” he insisted.
We browsed through the menu to see other options before coming. The tripe fried rice, kimchi jjigae, and some noodles were some of the alternatives he was considering.
“At least have a taste. Who knows, maybe you will actually end up liking it,” I told him, secretly hoping that he’d have an unexpected pleasant experience that’d convert him into a gopchang lover the same way it happened to me. He seemed reluctant but was open to trying a taste.
Prior to coming, I vaguely browsed through the menu. I knew I was going to get gopchang. The social media photos I drooled over, looked delish and gopchang was all that I was craving from there. I saw part of their menu that showed a gopchang combo, $55.99 (for 2), $21.99 (add to order). But I guess it was my mistake to have just assumed there’d be other options, like single order portions or whatever. When we looked through the menu while at the restaurant, getting the “for 2” portion was the only available option minimum.
Oh gosh…what to do?! I figured that I’d just browse through the menu again to order something else. It’d be too much gopchang just for me. But Catboy was like what the hey and insisted we order it since I had been craving gopchang. I knew finding alternatives would’ve been a better option. If I get the “for 2” order and Catboy got whatever, that’d end up with too much uneaten gopchang that’d be taken home in a doggy bag.
“I’ll have some with you and I’ll try to like it,” said Catboy with a brave yet cringing and defeated face. I could almost sense that his stomach was probably churning inside and that he was already disgusted.
We got a free soda with the Yelp check-in. I didn’t really want soda, but when something is offered for free, I feel like it’d be a waste not to get it. We ended up getting a Sprite for Catboy.
A part of me thought, “he’ll like it….how can anyone not like gopchang?”
He watched in disgust as the server threw onto the grill the plate of raw wormy pieces of gopchang, dduk (rice cake), and onions. I salivated while he cringed.
When ready to eat, I took a piece of charcoaled, piping piece of gopchang into my mouth. I thought to myself, oh gosh, he’s not going to like this. I didn’t even like it, not at this place.
In the awaited moment of truth, Catboy picked out a gopchang, sniffed it, and popped it into his mouth. “It’s very chewy,” he said. He continued chewing for a few seconds until he couldn’t take it anymore. He quickly reached over for the napkin on my side and spit it out!
I swear, this was the face he made after.
Lol….oh geez…it was unfortunate that Catboy’s first gopchang experience was not with one that was off the hook that could’ve converted him to a gopchang lover. #gopchangfail
Catboy tracked down a server and quickly placed a ramen order. I didn’t even know they had ramen. I don’t remember seeing it on the menu. Ahgassi gopchang is known for their gopchang and daechang (large intestine). I hear that their selection of meat options is good too. But Catboy does not really eat much meat and eating internal organs grosses him out. So I guess he was just like….eff it, I’m just getting ramen.
So there we were….Catboy eating instant food while the whole grill of gopchang was left just for me.