Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Noryangjin Fish Market (Video)
If you’ve watched my blog videos – you know that my taste testing of seafood doesn’t usually end well. Seafood doesn’t agree with me – the taste, texture, and smell all induce my gag reflex. So, you may be surprised to hear that I thoroughly enjoyed a recent trip to Seoul’s Noryangjin Fish Market.
Walk into the Noryangjin Fish Market and you’re senses are instantly on overload. The market is massive, with more than 700 shops selling sea creatures. There’s the exotic from small sharks to stingrays and octopuses. You’ll see them both dead and alive. Rows of bins of fresh crabs, shrimp, and clams seem to be never-ending. And, of course you’ll find some fish. This is the epitome of fresh seafood. Pick your fish and within minutes you can be having sashimi, as your catch is expertly filleted in front of you.
The South Korean peninsula is surrounded by the Yellow Sea, the East China Sea, and the Sea of Japan…and fifteen seaports deliver fresh seafood to Seoul daily. From ocean to table, this is as fresh as it gets.
So, if you don’t come to Noryangjin to eat fish, you can still enjoy the atmosphere. It’s the colors and the energy that draw you in – the market is alive. In fact, this seafood is so fresh… you’ll be surprised there’s not even a seafood scent to turn your nose up at. So, come to shop or come as a tourist. Either way, Noryangjin delivers.
(Directions to Noryangjin Fish Market: Take Subway Line 1 to Noryangjin Station. Exit #1. After exiting the subway station, turn right and cross the railway tracks on the pedestrian bridge)
*For market hours and additional details, click here