Korean people love to drink with some dishes or snacks that match alcoholic beverages well. They are called as “Annjoo(안주)” in Korea. “Jee-po(쥐포)” is one of light Annjoo that Korea people enjoy. Jee-po is dried and sweetened version of fish named as ‘Jee-chi(쥐치).’ It tastes sweet and a little salty and so a good match for beer. Jee-po is also a good snack for children and people who travel by bus or train.
We used to eat Jee-po as a side dish in my childhood by stir-frying it with oil and red pepper flakes. However, since fish, ‘Jee-chi’ are rarely caught in the sea near Korea these days, Jee-po of Korean origin is so expensive that we can not enjoy original Korean Jee-po so often as we used to.
The reason I make a posting on Jee-po is that I went on a journey to where Jee-po are mainly made and I bought original Korean Jee-po for my parents and myself. I live in Seoul, a capital city of Korea and went to a city called JinJoo(진주) which is located in the southern part of Korea. Actually I went there to meet my ex-colleague, who is now working in JinJoo and we went to Namhae Island(남해) together.