Word of advice: it is best not to head to the fish market on a rainy day and dress down, as as down as you can if you are intending to come here. These were the two key rules we totally broke when we came here. It was drizzling and wet and cold, and we were properly dressed. Haha.
It was about 4 stations away from Oryu-Dong station. This is actually one of the must-visits in Seoul and as I was reading up on this fish market, it was an amazing fact to know that this market started off in the 1920s, although originally at another location and only shifted here in the 1970s, but wow…90 over years of history. These fisheries expert sellers deserve a big clap!
When you walked down the stairs, the heavy pungent smell of fish and seafood got stronger and it just shoved right through your nose to the brain like eating wasabi. Phew. Took me a while to neutralize my smelling buds.
We were greeted by metres long bright lights shining on many varieties of seafood. There were like a bazillion stalls perhaps throughout the entire stretch of the market. I wasn’t sure how they would survive with such mad and stiff competition.
As we walked down the path, we were greeted and ushered at both sides of the path by sellers. Many of them could speak all kinds of languages. I was a little petrified as they were borderline pushy.
I had never seen prawns so huge (bigger than my palm) and so beautifully displayed. I never even saw such displays at the Sydney fish market. Craycray!
These live baby octopuses in the basins are one of the top sought after live seafood dishes, which eventually ended up on our dinner plates too.
This fish (unfortunately) was fished out the tank and became our main meal for the night. I am sorry fish! But we truly thank God and treasure you.
One of the owners of this stall decided to model for my photo while his partner skillfully sashimi-ed the fish. He sliced it in minutes and not a single bit of flesh was wasted. He sliced only once and it hit directly to the bones. My eyes widened with amazement watching this Si Fu did his stunt!
The sliced octopuses were still wriggling on the plate for a good 30 mins or so.
This fella almost wriggled its way out of my plate. Quite impressed how effective the muscle cells of the octopus was that even after being sliced in pieces, they were still able to function. Of course it stopoed once you dip in the soy sauce, and we all know why. Scientifically speaking, the cell would die by losing its balanced aqueous environment once the salty soy sauce comes in.
Our fish, all nicely sashimi-ed. Every slice I ate, all my mind could think of was “mygosh. So fresh!” This portion was only half a side of the fish. The other half was on another plate for the group next to us.
I couldn’t eat too much of them though, after a while, the tongue got a little numb from the cold dishes and I did have cravings for spicy and hot food!
Thus was the fresh sashimi abalones. They looked soft but I was honestly surprised it was totally otherwise. Quite hard even that I had to munch real hard. Not a fan of it, I guess that is a good thing that my tastebud is not premium! Haha.
This was actually one of those geoduct sorta thing, which I opted out from trying as the tiny horn looking outer texture just deterred me from putting into my mouth.
As one of us here is a huge fan of raw sea urchins, her verdict was…”so so only. I tasted better ones in Japan”. This too, was out of my foodieventuring radar.
Snow crabs! My second time eating! These crabs spell luxury and are not commonly eaten on day-to-day basis for average earners like myself. My first ever Alaskan snow crab experience was at Mei Keng Fatt in Ampang, and it was UNFORGETTABLE.
These ones were awesome as well! The meat was so sweet and fresh, as they did not glue much on the shells.
As usual, my lack of skills in dissecting the crab, I aimed for the easiest part to eat, the claw! Oops. I ate 3 claws and boy, FRESH AND SWEET!
Everyone at the table agreed on the Yummyliciousness of the crabs. Written all over their faces as they dived in. Here was Elly, showing the expression of sweet victory when she cracked open the shell of the crab’s leg.
This was the abalone porridge. It was ALRIGHT. The benchmark was already set high thanks to our superb porridge experience in Lucky Restaurant, Pasir Putih Ipoh!
This was the last meal that came, spicy fish soup. It was the best way to end the dining experience. With something soupy, hot and spicy, coupled with ginseng soju mixed with plain soju.
The soup was not bad, very strong fishy taste and dense, thickened and spicy too. But it lacked fish meat, mostly bones. Not sure if they were actually meant to be this way, or if the bones were from the fish we sashimi-ed.
With premium sashimis and seafood, served and eaten fresh from the tanks came with a price tag which rang “Ka-ching!” Of course.
Each person paid about KRW 60,000/ MYR180 – 200. The food expenses for the next few days were burnt from this meal. Nonetheless, for the quantity, quality and dining experience we had from this trip was worth the investment. We would never be able to eat like this for MYR 200 in Malaysia.
Noryangjin Fish Market 노량진수산시장
13-8 Noryangjin-dong, Dongjak-gu
동작구 노량진동 13-8
Tel: +82 2 814 2211
MRT: Noryangjin station, Line 1 or 9
Noryangjin Fisheries Wholesale Market website: http://www.susansijang.co.kr/