There is always a connection between taste and memory. You may find it awesome to enjoy delicacies while travelling. Let’s explore the three major cities of South Korea – Busan, Jeju and Incheon – for an unforgettable taste journey.
釜山是韓國第二大城巿，同是當地最大海港，得天獨厚的地理環境，讓整個城巿也充滿著海港風情，其中海雲台一帶更是絕不能錯過，海雲台海水浴場、SEA LIFE釜山水族館、電影大道、冬柏公園及TheBay 101等景點，都值得好好遊覽一番。而當中的海雲台傳統市場包涵各式各樣的美食，如辣炒年糕、炒米腸、紫菜包飯與魚丸串等應有盡有，亦有不同的海鮮專賣店，當中必吃之選定是傳奇特產烤盲鰻。
Grilled Hagfish in Busan
Busan is the second largest city in South Korea and the largest seaport in the region. The coastal area of Haewundae is a place that should not be missed, you can visit attractions such as Haewundae Beach, Busan SEA LIFE Aquarium,Cinema Street, APEC Naru Park and The Bay 101. Haewundae traditional market adjacent to Haewundae offers a variety of delicacies, such as spicy stir-fried rice cakes, kimbap (laver-wrapped rice) and fish balls. There are also different seafood restaurants. Among all the local food, grilled hagfish must be the legendary specialty dish.
First, choose the hagfish you like in the restaurant and then the skilled staff will immediately kill it by removing its head and skin in only 10 seconds to ensure the freshness. Next, you can decide the flavour of the hagfish, like seasoned grilled hagfish, salted grilled hagfish or char-grilled hagfish. After a quick peeling and grilling process, the refreshing and chewy hagfish will make you eat non-stop! You can also place the hagfish on a slice of lettuce or sesame leaf, and add pickled radishes, onion and garlic just like the locals to experience the fresh, crispy and rich flavors of the mixed ingredients.
Pork-based Soup and Rice
Another Busan specialty dish should not be missed is Dwaeji Gukbap, a pork-based soup and rice dish. At Seomyeon Shopping and Food Street, there is a whole street with restaurants selling the dish. It is said that during the Korean War, the locals made a miscellaneous soup with pig bones, pig’s head and internal organs which were abandoned by the US military forces. The soup was unexpectedly delicious with a rich aftertaste and hence people passed down the recipe.
In addition, the BIFF Square next to the Busan Tower hides the folk food called Hotteok, a sweet pancake with brown sugar syrup filling. To create a unique melting taste, the steps of making the dessert are vital: stuff the brown sugar into the crust first, after that add the rich fillings of nuts, almonds, pumpkin seeds and raisins, and finally fry it until the golden outer layer is crisp.
Jeju Island in the south is a paradise destination for the Korean. Located at the foot of Hallasan, Seongeup Folk Village holds a vast amount of Korean culture and preserves the traditional lifestyle and architecture of Jeju people in the 1890s, and even introduces the special culture of Jeju Haenyeo. Beltfish is one of the famous seafood on Jeju Island, which is often spicy braised or dry sautéed, and Spicy Braised Beltfish (Galchi Jorim) is one of the seven delicacies on Jeju Island. The fish living in the deep sea have a flat and long shape with a soft texture. As the sweet flavor of the potatoes, radishes and vegetables melts into the broth, together with refreshing flavors of the sea, it creates a dish that is just beyond description.
As for the dry sautéed beltfish, it is another flavor that bring out the refreshing sweet taste with pure salt. Besides, there is a black pork street near the Dongmun Market of Jeju Island with a wide range of restaurants that specialize in black pork. The street is the best place for dinner or late night meal in Jeju since you can enjoy a great black pork barbecue served with local vegetables, garlic and sauce.
提到韓國美食，在您腦海浮現的或許是如今四處可見的炸雞，但千萬別忘了有“ 國民飲食”之稱的炸醬麵。韓式炸醬麵源於中國山東，1905年，第一家中餐館“ 共和春”在仁川開張，將炸醬麵帶到韓國，故不少人均指仁川乃韓式炸醬麵的發源地，當地更設有炸醬麵博物館，讓您慢慢了解這道具有歷史文化價值的美食。
Korean Noodles in Black Bean Sauce in Incheon
Jajangmyeon, Korean noodles in black bean sauce is known as the“national diet” of South Korea besides fried chickens. The noodles originated in Shandong, China. Many people refer to Incheon as the birthplace of Jajangmyeon as the first Chinese restaurant “Gonghechun” here introduced the dish to Korea in 1905. There is also a Jajangmyeon Museum in Incheon where you can learn about the food’s historical and cultural values.
As the birthplace of Jajangmyeon, Incheon’s Chinatown offers a small but fun neighborhood to eat authentic Korean Chinese delicacies. Korean Jajangmyeon tastes sweeter than the Chinese version while the color of sauce is deeper. Don’t hesitate to mix the rich sauce made of black beans,soy sauce, sugar and sesame with the chewy noodles, or have the meal with a bowl of spicy Korean seafood noodle soup to stimulate the taste buds!
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