Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Noryangjin Fish Market

The first thing I'm going to tell you about the Noryangjin Fish Market is: wear rain boots (or any other footwear that you can clean easily). Stupid me wore her WHITE Chucks and well... let's just say it wasn't fun trying to get the "fish juice" out of them.

The lovely Aimee drove, and we were all really excited to get there. I was a little worried about having to pick a live fish and then they would kill him right in front of me. I told my friends I was not giving the word for them to kill something... I guess I would only eat something that is already dead.
Surprising as it is... The Fish Market doesn't smell as bad as I thought it would. We got off the car and I could smell fish, yes, but nothing as sickening as I thought a place like this would smell. And that was from the parking lot.  Once we got in, I couldn't really smell anything at all, which should tell you how fresh everything is in there. (It was Winter, though... I can't talk about how it would smell during Summer... Yet.)

While we were walking and looking at the insane amounts of seafood available, Mr. Octopus here decided he was going to make an escape. He actually got out and the Fish Market lady had to put him back with some sort of shovel, but by that time I was too worried about what he was going to do to keep on taking photos.

  More and more Seafood. I feel the prices are quite right for the quality and freshness of it.
 Aimee was our fish expert, showing us which vendors were the best and what to try.
 There's always bikes and "little cars" like this one going through the aisles. I kept getting distracted and almost got hit by one. Oooops.
 Look at those heart shaped fish platters! They looked beautiful and delicious...
 And here's the fish with a... ehmmm... funny shape.
 Mario and Luigi make an appearance.
 We got to the booth that Aimee likes best and we went for salmon. After picking our cut and the lovely lady packing it for us, we noticed our "lunch" was sitting right there, freshly dead. I don't think it'll ever get any fresher than that for me.
 We walked a little further and there was "the restaurant". You can choose to take your purchase home or have it cooked right there at the market for you! It was very clean and the service was great.
 Right outside of the restaurant they were selling these friend shrimp and we all shared a basket. It would have been really, really good... but I could chew its legs so it involved a lot of picking to actually eat it comfortably.
 Our salmon was cooked in no time, and they also brought us a lot of Korean style sides to eat with it. I was absolutely amazing. Best salmon I have ever had.
 This was quite a great experience and I can't wait to go back and bring the husband with me. This time, I promise, I will wear appropriate shoes.

More Information:
Website: http://www.susansijang.co.kr (Korean Only)
Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noryangjin_Fisheries_Wholesale_Market
SeoulEats: http://www.seouleats.com/2012/02/explore-noryangjin-fish-market/ (Very detailed post, lots of information!)
RLCraboda: Read my friend Lindsay's experiences here and here
Address: 13-8 Noryangjin 1(il)-dong, Dongjak-gu, Seoul
By Subway: Noryangjin Station, Line 1, Exit 1. Walk under the bridge.

Thank you for reading!


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