Name:  Noryangjin Fisheries Wholesale Market Location: 688 Nodeul-ro, Dongjak-gu, Seoul What: Fish Market + Independent Restaurants T...

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Name: Noryangjin Fisheries Wholesale Market
Location: 688 Nodeul-ro, Dongjak-gu, Seoul
What: Fish Market + Independent Restaurants
Total Price: ₩ 81,000

Noryangjin Fisheries Wholesale Market is considered the largest seafood market in Seoul, bringing over several hundred different seafood items daily. Noryangjin Fish Market operates all year round and is open to both merchants and consumers. Within the market are many independent restaurants that prepare and serve the fresh seafood purchased at the market, which is a very popular experience among tourists.

During our trip to Korea, it was without a doubt that we would visit Noryangjin Fish Market to explore the different types of seafood being sold and experience dining at one of the independent restaurants. As soon as we entered the market, we saw a huge row of sellers displaying their fresh catch. Every station was organized and presented their seafood in clean tanks which was visually appealing.

A variety of different shellfish.

Enormous king crabs and lobsters on display.

Olive Flounder, Gwangeo 광어.

There were so many different kinds of seafood to choose from, but one thing we wanted to try for sure was Olive Founder, also known as Gwangeo 광어, prepared as hoe (raw fish). We didn't walk very far when we stumbled upon a station selling Gwangeo and other types of fresh fish. The seller was very kind and helped us choose the rest of our seafood that we wanted to eat for lunch. We chose Gwangeo and two other types of fish (we don't remember), fresh oysters and live octopus. After choosing our seafood, we paid the seller around ₩ 65,000 for all food and another worker took us to the restaurant which was located upstairs across the seller. 

After being seated, we were first given the oysters along with sides to eat with our meal. The oysters were extremely fresh with a delicious taste of the ocean. They tasted like nothing we've ever tried before!

We were then given a plate of the live octopus, also known as Sannakji 산낙지, cut up into bite sized pieces. Sannakji has gained a lot of attention worldwide for being served raw in it's live state, still squirming around. Kevin had already tried sannakji before and had wanted me to try it just for the experience. I was pretty scared, but ended up trying little pieces which tasted pretty good. The only thing I didn't like was the suction feeling of the octopus sticking to the sides of my mouth so I made sure I chewed them quickly before swallowing them. 

Following the sannakji, a plate of the three fish we chose arrived beautifully sliced. People can choose to eat the hoe on it's own or with the accompanied sides consisting of soy sauce with wasabi, chogochujang, green chili pepper, garlic and lettuce. The gwangeo had a nice soft texture and tasted absolutely delicious. Since we were so used to eating thawed raw fish at sushi restaurants in Toronto, it was awesome to have finally tried fresh hoe.

After finishing all the raw seafood, a server brought out a pot of Maeuntang 매운탕, Korean spicy fish soup, that was made with all the remaining parts of the three fish that were served as hoe. The broth was very flavourful from the fish meat and had a kick of spice. This was a delicious end to our perfect meal! The amount of food we got was more than enough for two people and by the time we finished eating we were stuffed. There was a counter at the front where we paid for the sitting fee ₩ 3,000 each and the Maeuntang ₩ 10,000.

I highly recommend people to visit Noryangjin Fish Market because it's truly a wonderful experience to see all the different types of seafood and to enjoy a freshly prepared meal for lunch or dinner!

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