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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)

12 thoughts on “Runaway Photo: Busan Seafoood”

  1. 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.

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