Runaway Photo: Busan Seafoood

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Fresh octopus

 

If you like seafood, you’ll love Busan!

 

Seafood has been an important staple food in Korea for thousands of years. Food culture is one of the most important and strongest part of this country, as we know. I grew up near a traditional market (we used to call it just ‘market’ back then), so it was normal to see animal guts, fish intestine, sesame seed oil maker, Chinese herbal potion brewer and some more bizarre shops in daily bases. Still I am quite fond of these kind of markets with fresh goods rather than supermarkets.

It was good to see a lot of markets are still alive in Busan, not just for tourism reasons. That’s living. I feel alive among the fresh products, without vinyl covers and barcodes. I’ve seen all sorts of seafood while I was growing up, and trained (by my grandmother and my mom) to recognize how fresh they are. The quality of products in Busan is top notch, I can surely say. Some are better than others. The variety is amazing. It surprises me every time I come down here.

Only two days I spent in Busan, but I ran into a few markets during the time. Here are the amazing seafood scene from Busan. The products here are very commonly seen in everywhere in Korea, in markets and dining tables. I’ve miss this. This scene, and the food.

 

Seafood Market at Haeundae - squid and octopus

Seafood Market at Haeundae – squid and octopus

Goosefish - The main ingredient for Agujjim

Goosefish – The main ingredient for Agujjim

Raw fish at Haeundae seafood market

Raw fish at Haeundae seafood market

Jogi - croaker that is native in West and East Sea of Korea

Jogi – croaker that is native in West and East Sea of Korea

Jogi – croaker that is native in West and East Sea of Korea

Raw fish at Haeundae seafood market

Raw fish at Haeundae seafood market

Squid at seafood market

Squid at seafood market

Dried fish at Heaundae Market

Dried fish at Heaundae Market

Goosefish - The main ingredient for Agujjim

Goosefish (Agu) – The main ingredient for Agujjim

Nakji (Octopus minor) is popular in Korea

Nakji (Octopus minor) and scollops are popular in Korea

Dried squid at Jagalchi Sijang (Jagalchi Market)

Grilled Fish man at Jagalchi Sijang (Jagalchi Market)

Grilled fish man at Jagalchi Sijang (Jagalchi Market)

Ocellate spot skate at Jagalchi Sijang (Jagalchi Market)

Ocellate spot skate at Jagalchi Sijang (Jagalchi Market)

Fish at Jagalchi Sijang

Puffer fish at Jagalchi Sijang

Fish at Jagalchi Sijang

Fish at Jagalchi Sijang

largehead hairtail

Largehead hairtail – I love these

seafood at Jagalchi Sijang (Jagalchi Market)

seafood at Jagalchi Sijang (Jagalchi Market)

Jagalchi Sijang (Jagalchi Market)

Jagalchi Sijang (Jagalchi Market)

Jagalchi Sijang (Jagalchi Market)

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11 Responses to “Runaway Photo: Busan Seafoood”

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  1. I went there last summer and had fish guts spilled on my feet. I shouldn’t have worn flip flops. ;) I thought the funniest were the penis like sea creatures…

  2. Andi says:

    I’m obsessed with seafood! Love these pics!!!

  3. Looks amazing-somewhat scary-but amazing. :-)

  4. Jessica says:

    ewwww :p those are some graphic photos ;)

  5. Happy Philippines says:

    amazing! haven’t seen a market bursting with seafood like that.

  6. Wow very interesting! I bet you had a difficult time picking and choosing what you were going to prepare for dinner. Did you get to try anything new? What was your favorite & most interesting?

  7. This is the most amazing seafood market I’ve ever seen! It definitely makes me put Busan on my travel list. I heard so many amazing things about Korean food, but I didn’t have the chance to experience it too often.

  8. JR Riel says:

    I grew up on fresh caught octopus every day as a child and learned how to prep them before cooking and how to serve them in countless different ways. But I never TRULY appreciated the beauty and delicacy of these creatures until I grew up and moved away.

  9. Ruth says:

    I would describe some of these photos as creepy but delicious. I would feel in paradise walking and eating around this market.

  10. Hannah says:

    The photos are extreme! but we know if they are cooked they are really delicious! Yum!

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