At the Korean Grocery store yesterday, I found this packet with one moderate size dried fish. In a hunger daze, I bought it... now what do I do with it?
Sure, it looks 'fun' and would work well for hammering nails or bludgeoning burglars, but I was thinking of eating it instead.
When I asked the Mom of the Mom and Pop style shop how do I cook Dried Pollack, she replied 'Just Cook!' Do I soak it first, I asked. And she replied 'just Cook!" Over and over again, 'Just COOK!'
I'm guessing it's my lack of Korean language combined with her fatigue at wide eyed Westerners viewing her traditional food as an exotic novelty. Anyway, I have no idea what 'just cook' entails when it comes to a whole (but thankfully gutted) dried fish.
So how do I 'just cook' a whole dried pollack? Do I soak it first? Cram it dry in the oven with some potatoes? The fish has the head on, tail on, even some scales on; only the guts are gone.