#487 섬진강식당 @ Haeundae Market / 해운대 시장, Busan / 부산

Posted by swisscheese on Jan 14, 2018 in abalone porridge, busan, sashimi, traditional market |

 

 

 

Busan is well-known for their beaches, thus it is only natural that we try the fresh seafood they serve there and which other place to try it at other than their famous Haeundae Market?

섬진강식당
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Since we lived at Hound Hotel at Gwang-an, we went to Haeundae Market via the Busan subway. The train ride from Geumnyeonsan to Haeundae is 7 stops and took about 14 minutes to reach. When we came out of the subway station, we saw a cute shop filled with dogs’ clothings and Vivian went to buy some clothes for her dog, pancake. I could not buy for Xiao Ding Dang or Xiao Bing Bing as they are considered medium to big sized dogs and Koreans usually only keep small dogs, thus the dog shops only catered clothes meant for small dogs. After browsing around the shop, we had to walk for about 10-15 minutes before arriving at Haeundae market.

At Haeundae market, you are able to see seafood of all sorts and some of which, you will not be able to recognize. Consuming live seafood is a norm in Korea, especially at Busan and the most common live seafood to have is the live octopus and live eel. I have to admit that although I am a foodie and I have eaten cricket pizza before, I am still scared of eating live octopus as I almost choke on cooked octopus last April since the texture does not suit my palate.

After looking through the various seafood restaurants, we decided to settle at 섬진강식당. The Korean server is very friendly and tries her best to explain to us in English although it is not her best language. Even though the weather was quite cold because Busan is surrounded by the waters and it was spring, we had our lunch outdoors. Since both the BFF and I are sashimi lovers, we had to get the medium sized assorted sashimi for 50,000 won (USD$47.34 / SGD$62.75 / CAD$58.93). The restaurants at the market has such diverse types of seafood that their menu has choices if you would like the assorted sashimi that is raised by humans or naturally grown but of course the price range differs as well. Assorted sashimi raised by human / 양식 모듬회 costs 40,000-80,000 won and assorted sashimi grown naturally / 자연산 모듬회 costs 60,000-100,000 won. Perhaps my dad and grandma will be more particular of this but since we were not, we just got the assorted sashimi raised by human. We also got a bowl of abalone porridge / 전복죽 for 15,000 won (USD$14.21 / SGD$18.83 / CAD$17.68) to share since it was quite breezy outside.

Vivian commented that it is the best porridge she ever had and kept craving for it when we left Korea. I enjoyed the huge lunch spread we had as well, especially since we were always served with an abundance of side dishes at Busan. If you take a look at the last picture, those dishes were only the side dishes, mind you! We were shocked that the side dishes took most  of the table and some  of which, we have never seen before! I showed the picture to my Korean friend from Seoul and he did not know the names of some of the side dishes too. The entire meal was gratifying and the sashimi was very fresh! I love how abalones are readily available and not very overpriced like Singapore as well!

Overall, we had a great time at the restaurant since we could people watch and had great conversations over a delicious spread! There were some Korean guides bringing a group of students from Laos or Cambodia and they were so nice to take pictures of us and talk to us a little as well. It was amazing to hear the Laos or Cambodians speaking in Korean too!

Opens 24/7 daily (Uncertain)
Nearest Station: Exit 3 from Haeundae Station via Busan Subway Line 2

If I have a chance to explore Busan, I would try having their specialty local food at other markets as well! It was such a pity that we were too full from lunch and did not managed to taste hotteok since it is one of Busan’s specialized snacks and could be found at many stalls in Haeundae Market. 2D1N at Busan is definitely not enough and you need more than a week the explore this lovely and breezy city!

*swisscheese

 

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