I scream, you scream: Squid ink ice cream earns points at PyeongChang 2018

Would you try the squid ink ice cream or you squirming at the mere thought? Source: Video screengrab.

PART OF GOOD, WHOLESOME TRAVEL FUN is sampling the local food – even for those who are at the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang.

South Korean cuisine is largely made up of rice, vegetables and meats, with the ever-present variety of side dishes to accompany a meal. But the country is also home to a number of interesting street food and treats.

Thick toasts, bingsu (shaved ice with sweet toppings) and soft serve ice cream are just a couple of the more popular desserts, and they come in all shapes, sizes, servings and interesting flavors.

One such interesting flavor of ice cream is getting attention. It looks like black licorice, sesame or charcoal, but there’s a chance that it tastes a whole lot fishier than that.

At the Jumunjin Fish Market in Gangneung (about a 25-minute drive from PyeongChang), one specialty “squid shop” is gaining attention for its squid ink ice cream. Korean-American chef Deuki Hong, who is one of the featured guest chefs of PyeongChang 2018, and food enthusiast Monica Lee visited the market to sample the ice cream.

The verdict?

“It’s actually delicious. It’s like, salty and sweet, a little bit,” Hong said, while Lee commented, “It takes more like chocolate than vanilla but I’m not sure how to explain it.”

And if anyone is wondering, yes, there are bits of squid in there.

The shop also sells other squid products squid bread, squid cups and squid powder.

Anywhere else in the world, squid ink is usually used in cooking to make paste, paella (a Valencian rice dish), or risotto. But in South Korea, it has been quite a popular flavor, having been used in burgers, fried mozzarella cheese, pizzas, and more.

Would you try the squid ink ice cream or you squirming at the mere thought of it?