In the past six months I’ve come to appreciate Korean seollongtang, a milky mellow ox bone soup. It’s nourishing and comforting and easy on my digestive system, which has been a bit fragile lately. One can only slurp so much of the same soup before boredom sets in though. So I’ve tried other versions of the long-simmered bone broth soup with various add-ins including chunks of oxtail and medicinal herbs, but none has proved as satisfying as the minimalist seollontang.
The other day I was dining at Tang with Chef Dave of NY Epicurean Events, and he was trying to get me to order soon dae gook ($14), a seollontang spin featuring pork and the Korean pork blood sausage, soon dae. “That looks good,” he said as I proceeded to tell him most variations of the dish I’d tried fell flat. But the promise of offal convinced me to try it.
Like seoollongtang the broth—bobbing with, bits of blood sausage, pork, and chives—is pretty mellow, but instead of just salt, the seasonings provided include hot pepper paste and teeny-tiny fermented shrimp. Tender chunks of pork, rounds of soondae, and bits of the noodles that the sausage contain made for a hearty bowl. After a few slurps, I added the hot pepper past and shrimp. The result was one of the best Korean bone broth stews I’ve ever had. I have a feeling I’ll be back at Tang a lot this winter.
Tang, 196-50 Northern Blvd, Flushing, 718-279-7080