Noryangjin Fish Market

So on Thursday I went with a friend of mine to Noryangjin Fish Market.  And wow what a site that place is.

They had things for sale I hadn’t even dreamt  were food.  Octopi big enough to justify a “Release the Kraken” quote.

There were tons of regular fish and shellfish of many varieties.  Some of the fish were quit expensive.  One of them my friend tried to request totalled something like 100,000 won.

I can’t even imagine what  more exotic fare like sharks and ‘giant’ squid tentacles would go for.

Eventually we picked a price and it was weighed and we were given a price.   After some negotiation we agreed on a fish.   He was then murdered in front of us and left to bleed out  on the pavement.

After that he was picked up and the guy went to work on the fish, chopping it into sashimi.

He then asked us if we wanted to take it to a restaurant, and if we wanted the guts for making it into fishhead soup.

A guy from the merchant’s stall led us through the market to a restaurant where we were presented with a choice between indoor and outdoor eating.  We chose to eat outside and were given a picnic table for ourselves.

After a little bit where we didn’t know  what was going on we ended up being presented with our fish’s remains in a pot along with some vegetables.  Also we got some banchan, rice and soju.

The food was quite delicious.  The restaurant had a quite sweet samjang sauce.  I don’t know if it just tasted different on sashimi compared to grilled meat.

One area where the fish market trip could have been improved upon was finding out where it was.   I looked it up on google earth and what looked like a short walk from Yeouinaru is actually quite a trek and we ended up taking a cab both to and from the place.

Better bet is to take the #1 line to Noryangjin station.

About Andrew Martin
Hello, I'm a 31 year old educator. I've spent a few years abroad before coming back to the states this year. I'm a man of many interests, and I use seoulbound as my place for talking about them.

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