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There is a prejudice that “fish” is less tasty than meat such as beef and pork, but properly prepared fish dishes have a fantastic flavor that will make your eyes pop. Thanks to its light flavor and tender flesh, it goes well with a variety of ingredients and condiments for a gorgeous transformation. From pufferfish shabu-shabu, where you can enjoy chewy pufferfish in a secret broth, to steamed pork steamed with a spicy sauce and chewy cod meat, and spicy soup with a refreshing broth that makes you drink sake! Here are 5 of the best fish restaurants that will continue for 100 years with secrets passed down from generation to generation.

1. 'Samho Bokjip Seocho Store' in Seocho-dong, Seoul, where a variety of dishes are served with fresh blessings

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“Samho Bokjip Seocho Branch” carefully selects the most delicious pufferfish of each season and offers a variety of dishes such as spicy soup, jiri, tempura, and yakiniku. When you order food, the pufferfish skin that comes as a side dish is carefully prepared by hand and is loved by many people because of its crunchy texture and savory flavor. The signature menu is “bok shabu-shabu,” where you lightly boil thinly sliced pufferfish in a pot of secret broth and vegetables made with fresh seafood such as clams and kelp. You can enjoy the natural flavor of pufferfish, which has a chewy yet soft texture, by dipping it in soy sauce and then eating it with vegetables such as parsley, mushrooms, and Chinese cabbage, to experience a wider variety of flavors. It's a great way to finish off the shabu-shabu by adding seaweed powder and rice to the soup left over from eating it yourself.

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â–²Location: 5, Gangnam-daero 51-gil, Seocho-gu, Seoul

▲Business hours: 11:30 — 22:00 every day, B/T 15:00 — 17:00

â–²Price: Bok Shabu-shabu 85,000 won, Bok Mae Untang/Jiri 35,000 won

â–²Review (Shikigami hp_070): I can see that not only the pufferfish, but all the ingredients are of good quality. After following my parents, I became a regular customer, and the staff also continued to work for a few years. ^^ I eat pufferfish shabu-shabu, but if I change to bok, it definitely tastes a little more luxurious. Also, as the soup is boiled, its refreshing flavor becomes more intense, so it goes well with sake. ^^

2. 'Morning Byeolchogajip' in Jungang-ri, Gyeongnam, where spicy condiments appeal to the palate

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From 1989 until now, “Morning Star House” has been loved by many for its reasonable price and unwavering taste. Every morning, dishes are prepared through meticulous steps, such as picking fresh produce from the market and carefully selecting fish. You can find steamed fish made from two types of fish: cod and monkfish. The signature dish, “po-steamed pork,” is made by steamed cod roe steamed in a large pot and simmered in a pan with vegetables and spicy condiments. The reddish visuals enhance the taste buds, and the sharp sauce penetrates deep into the fish meat, giving it a rich umami flavor. The combination of the strangely addictive sauce and the light cod meat, which has a chewy texture, is excellent. If you put white rice and cod meat on top of seaweed and eat it in one bite, you can experience a richer flavor.

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â–²Location: 9, Market 1-gil, Geochang-eup, Geochang-gun, Gyeongnam

▲Business hours: 11:00 — 21:00 every day

â–²Price: Steamed pork (medium) 25,000 won, steamed mackerel (medium) 25,000 won

â–²Testimonial (Shikigami Romantica): The side dishes are just like eating at home! If you go here, be sure to eat steamed pork, but it's fun to eat a lot of fat. If you eat it with bean sprout soup in the middle, the spiciness will be slightly reduced, so you can eat it indefinitely. Above all, it's cheaper than other places, but the amount is large, so it's perfect as a snack or meal.

3. 'Fisherman's House' in Yulgok-ri, Paju, where you can enjoy spicy soup made with freshwater fish caught by yourself

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At the “Fisherman's House,” you can enjoy spicy hot water cooked with natural freshwater fish caught directly from Imjin River. They have various types of spicy soup, such as eel, catfish, bluefin crab, fish, and persimmon, so there is a wide range to choose from. The signature menu is “sogari spicy soup,” which is topped with lots of parsley and mushrooms in a soup that makes use of the cool flavor of gochujang. As the soup boils, the flavors of the various ingredients melt into the soup, and the rich soup is completed. The cool and refreshing soup perfectly captures the dirt unique to freshwater fish, making it a great place for first-time freshwater spicy soup to enjoy. There are also sari menus that will add a hearty touch to the spicy soup, such as ramen, homemade rice, and vegetables.

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â–²Location: 15, Jangseungbaegi-ro 366beon-gil, Papyeong-myeon, Paju, Gyeonggi

▲Opening hours: 06:00 — 20:00 every day, closed on the first and third Wednesday

â–²Price: Sogari spicy soup (medium) 80,000 won, catfish spicy soup (medium) 40,000 won

â–²Testimonial (Naengmyeon lover who came back from eating): Even parents who don't like freshwater fish like this place, saying it's delicious. Hehe, it's a freshwater fish, but it's very tasty because it doesn't have any flavor and is thick. Hehe, if you soak ripe vegetables and fish thoroughly in the mustard paste that comes with it, alcohol will go in.

4. A secret sauce that adds umami to trout, 'Deelim Sashimi' in Hyangsan-ri, Chungju

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“Deelim Sashimi Restaurant” has been around Dalae River for the second generation since 1979. The expansive view of the river in front of the store adds to the atmosphere. The signature menu, “Trout,” has a shiny, orange-colored flesh that boosts your appetite to the fullest. The recommended method for eating long cut trout sashimi is to mix vegetables such as lettuce, carrots, cucumber, and mugwort with garlic oil sauce, red pepper paste, and soybean powder. The combination of tender yet savory trout, crunchy vegetables, and rich sauce brings together a variety of flavors and textures. In particular, gochujang seasoning keeps the secret that has been passed down since the founder, so you can enjoy the same taste for a long time. If you order trout sashimi, spicy hot water will be provided as a service.

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â–²Location: 374, Palbonghyangsan-gil, Salmi-myeon, Chungju, Chungcheongbuk-do

▲Business hours: 11:00 — 21:00 every day

â–²Price: Trout (1kg) 26,000 won, sogari (medium) 70,000 won, pagamegi spicy soup (medium) 40,000 won

â–²Testimonial (Seon-saeng Park, a home-cooked meal): Put trout, vegetables, and marinated pak pak on a large plate and grate it to eat, and it's amazing. The combination of gochujang seasoning and garlic is a flavor you won't be able to stop. Hehe, there are lots of vegetables, so it's better to grate them all at once and eat them quickly than to chew them for a long time!

5. “Imjingang Restaurant” in Seokgye-ri, Yangsan, made use of natural seasonings and refreshing flavors

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“Imjingang Restaurant”, which has inherited the family business for the third generation, boasts a long tradition of about 40 years. The interior and exterior of the store, which makes use of the hanok structure as it is, create a quiet yet cozy atmosphere. When you order food, eight side dishes prepared like home-cooked meals add a hearty touch. The signature menu is “spicy soup (catfish, pagasari, red crab, chutaegi, etc.),” which has a refreshing and refreshing soup flavor using the natural seasoning red crab paste. Among them, the most popular are the “spicy catfish soup,” which is made from plump catfish, and the “Crab Megitang,” which mixes freshwater crab to make the most of its refreshing flavor. I also like tofu dishes (tofu hot pot, simmered tofu) flavored with soup made with tofu made by the boss.

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â–²Location: 51 Samgye 2-gil, Sangbuk-myeon, Yangsan, Gyeongnam

▲Opening hours: 07:00 — 21:00 every day

â–²Price: Catfish spicy soup (medium) 35,000 won, Crab megitang (medium) 45,000 won

â–²Review (Shikigami 365 days a year): The store is very clean and has room space, so it's great for a quiet meal. I tried a lot of different types of spicy soup here, and there were plenty of vegetables and fish in it, so the amount was quite large. Also, it goes great with deep-fried fish such as sardines and pirami. Hehe, you can ask for the Japanese pepper powder and leaf leaf to be removed when ordering!

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