Folk around here don't really appear to be that into fish. At least that's the impression that the Hunjang gets from observing our local 횟집.
The owner keeps killing fish! Well, I guess that's not so unusual for a 횟집, but let me explain--
The 횟집 has got a whole wall of tanks, always stocked with all sorts of frutti di mare
. But every time I walk by, I start thinking that the owner must be a little fruity. Every morning, without fail, there are several fish floating belly up in his tanks. Usually it's a few of the bigger ones.
And, while there's usually a customer or two in there eating dinner, I never see him do a thriving business.
The only thing I can imagine is that he is gouging his few customers to more than offset the cost of the fish that he keeps throwing out.
But business must be better than it appears (and certainly better than 생선나라), because recently a new tank has appeared. A circular beauty that sits outside of the front door and impedes pedestrian traffic. It is a wonderful thing to behold.
This being early autumn and all, he has stocked his new round tank with that delectable fall treat, 가을 전어.
True to form, the tank has about a dozen 전어, maybe more, floating belly-up in the tank as the aeration jets push their dead carcasses in circles. In the interest of truth in advertising, he really ought to change the sign to read "죽어 있는 가을 전어."
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