Jagalchi Fish Market in Busan is known for the array of seafood available at any given time. It is also Korea’s largest seafood market. Visitors can buy their fish and seashells, and bring it to a restaurant nearby and have it cooked or served as Hoe (Korea’s version of sushi). However, this isn’t what we did when we visited the market.
Straight from Gamcheon Culture Village, we rode a taxi to take us to the fish market located near Napo Station. Though we know perfectly well how to get there by bus and subway, we decided to save on time instead of money because it was also our last day in Busan. We were incredibly hungry by that time, too, so we decided to have our lunch at Jagalchi Fish Market.
We didn’t doubt for one second that the taxi driver dropped us off at the wrong place. The moment we stepped out of the car, we were greeted by a lovely site of a street full of all things edible you can fish from the sea.
It was stalls upon stalls selling all varieties of seafood, arranged perfectly for customers. It reminded me of the wet market back home, but this one seems to be a lot easier to navigate since they’re lining up the port. Also, you can’t find pork, beef, nor any other kind of meat here.
Sadly, the seafood restaurants facing the fish market offered delicious-looking food for quite a fortune! Coming from a tropical country where we eat fish on a daily basis, I couldn’t fathom why I had to shell out 7,000 KRW for a fried fish. What makes me it so special? Why is to so expensive? Well, I’ll never know because we decided to look for a cheaper fare.
We walked a street away from these restaurants, and thankfully, we found one nearby serving jjamppong and jjajangmyun!
Busan is famous for the Korean-Chinese cuisine like the two I mentioned above. I love instant jjamppong so much, that I knew I had to try it when I visited the province.
Kimpee’s a heavy eater, so he ordered jjajamyun for himself. Jinky, Iris and I often ordered food for sharing, so we shared an order of jjamppong and jjajjangmyun. We also shared a plate of mandu among the four of us. It has to be one of my favorite meals during the duration of the trip!
A close-up shot of our fried mandu cooked into crispy perfection!
As an avid fan of Korean dramas and movies, I saw how the characters often devour bowls upon bowls of jjajangmyun like it’s the best blessing upon humanity. If you’ve seen the movie Castaway on the Moon, you’d also wonder how this black bean noodles taste, because how can one desire it so much?
With this said, I was surprised at how bland and sticky it tasted. I was expecting a burst of flavors, a mouthful of savory goodness. It’s not bad per se, but it was far from what I expected. Basically, I was expecting more. We still finished the big bowl of jjajangmyun, though. We were hungry okay?
As for the jjamppong, well, this has to be one of my favorite Korean dishes ever. It’s definitely on the top 5! I cannot, for the life of me, express how much I loved this dish. The serving is definitely good enough for sharing, but I have a feeling that I could finish it off. BECAUSE IT’S THAT GOOD.
It’s like all the fresh flavors of the sea were in that bowl of jjajjangmyun, and we, humble humans, were blessed enough to have a taste of it. I’m not even exaggerating. Of everything I ate in Busan, this definitely tops the list!
Best lunch ever, yeah? I will gladly repeat it again, but probably order more jjamppong. The instant jjamppong tastes nothing like the real one. I’m weeping. Korean-Chinese cuisine has to be the most ingenious fusion of cultures ever.
Jagalchi Fish Market (자갈치시장)
52 Jagalchihaean-ro, Jung-gu, Busan, South Korea
Time: 8:00 am to 10:00 pm
* Closed every first and third Tuesday of the month.
Jagalchi Fish Market Directions:
- Drop off at Nampo Station (Line 1) and take Exit 1 or 3.
Or you can drop of at Jagalchi Station (Line 1).
Autumn in Korea 2014 Travelogue:
- Seoul Accommodation: Hongdae Family Housetel (Pencil Hotel 3)
- Busan Accommdation: Hi Korea Hostel
- Aboard KTX Express From Seoul to Busan And Back Again
- Fall in (Love With) Korea
- Fall in Korea Day 1: N Seoul Tower At Night
- Fall in Korea Day 2: The Cliffside Haedong Yonggungsa Temple in Busan
- Fall in Korea Day 2: Fried Chicken Night at Gwangalli Beach, Busan
- Fall in Korea Day 3: Sunrise at Haeundae Beach, Busan