Surrounded by the sea on three sides, Korea shows different characteristics depending on its location. Among them, there are large tidal flats on the west coast, so you can encounter a variety of seafood such as oysters, mountain octopus, cockles, octopus, blue crab, and shrimp, as well as fish species such as rockfish, batter, and bandang. On the west coast, which is full of rich flavors depending on the season, it is fun to choose fresh seasonal seafood. Currently, a seafood feast filled with the flavor of winter is unfolding on the west coast. Let's enjoy the romantic taste of the sea! Here are 5 of the best winter fish road restaurants on the west coast.
On the west coast, there are many ports and fish markets where fishing boats come and go, so you can always find fresh seafood. Fish markets worth visiting on the west coast include Incheon Soraepogu Fish Market; Gungpyeong Fish Market at Gungpyeong Port in Hwaseong City; White Sand Fish Market at Taean Baeksajang Port White Sand Fish Market; Hongseong Namdang Port Fish Market; Boryeong Daecheon Port Fish Market; Seocheon Hongwon Port Fish Market; Gunsan Gunsan Port Gunsan Fish Market; Buan Geoppo Port Fish Market; Buan Gomso Port Fish Sales Center; Mokpo North Port Mokpo Fisheries Cooperative Fish markets and the like are famous.
1. 'Muan Diner, 'a rib soup steeped in the freshness of octopus
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Since opening in 1976, âMuan Restaurantâ has maintained the same taste and quality for 46 years. They make various dishes such as soup, bibimbap, yakiniku, and steamed meat with health food ingredients such as beef, octopus, and eel. The signature menu is rib soup, which stands out for its deep broth flavor, and âgalaktang,â where you can enjoy fresh octopus at the same time. When the soup full of ribs comes to a boil, add raw octopus to add a refreshing flavor. The combination of thick, fleshy ribs and chewy octopus is excellent. Korean beef raised on onion feed and âKorean beef shabu-shabu,â which is enjoyed by boiling vegetables in broth, is also popular. It's fun to eat softly cooked Korean beef with a variety of side dishes such as onions, kimchi, and salted fish.
â²Location: 36, Myeonseong 2-gil, Muan-eup, Muan-gun, Jeollanam-do
â²Opening hours: 09:00 â 22:00 every day
â²Price: Garanak-tang 20,000 won, Korean beef shabu-shabu 32,000 won
â²Testimonial (Foxin Star): It's a place famous for onions, so many dishes using onions were served, such as broth, kimchi, and pickles. The galaktang that my friend recommended had a rich soup flavor. The octopus comes in to bring out the flavor, but it's also essential to eat the leftover soup, noodles, and even porridge! In particular, octopus is only lightly cooked and eaten, so it's not tough at all, so it's very thick.
2. The deep flavor that comes from Wokpo, Taean's âTodamjipâ
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âTodamjipâ uses local specialties from Taean to present local food unique to the region. When you order a meal, you can feel a warm feeling from about 12 side dishes served. The signature menu is ârockfish soup,â made by adding ingredients such as dried rockfish, green onions, peppers, and tofu in rice broth to make it clear. The flavor of the soup, which is seasoned with shrimp sauce and has a refreshing yet subtle umami flavor, is appealing. The crunchy texture of rockfish pho soaked in light soup makes it fun to chew. âFlower crab,â which is full of tasty eggs dipped in spring crab, is also a popular menu. It is a secret soy sauce made with vegetables and honeycombs that reduces saltiness and emphasizes the sweet flavor of blue crab meat.
â²Location: 161 Dongbaek-ro, Taean-eup, Taean-gun, Chungcheongnam-do
â²Opening hours: 10:00 â 17:00 every day, closed on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday
â²Price: Pickled rockfish soup 17,000 won, flower crab field 32,000 won
â²Testimonial (Minimi Shikigami): I tried salted rockfish soup for the first time, and the moment I took a bite that I could eat as a snack, I felt really relaxed. It seems like a simple ingredient, but it has a really deep flavor. The crab sticks are so full that the orange eggs are dripping down, so if you grate them on rice, you can eat both of the rice in one fell swoop!
3. Enjoy simmered bandang in a wrap, Boryeong's âSujung Restaurantâ
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âSujung Dinerâ has a long tradition with a stewed fish menu. The interior and exterior of the store, which exude an old-fashioned atmosphere, give a nostalgic feeling. The signature menu, âBeanden stew,â is served by putting bandang in broth and simmering it yourself with ingredients such as red pepper powder, green onions, garlic, and soy sauce. The secret to its flavor is that it is cooked on high heat in a short time to maintain the unique savory flavor and tender texture of bandang. The bandang, which is deeply soaked with sharp seasoning, separates the bones and flesh of the boss's hands. If you wrap lettuce wrapped around rice, pickled garlic, or broth, you can experience a rich flavor.
â²Location: 8, Boryeong Daehae-ro, Chungcheongnam-do
â²Opening hours: 09:30 â 19:00 every day, closed on Mondays
â²Price: Stewed beetle 10,000 won, stewed yellowtail 12,000 won
â²Testimonial (Let's make shikigin gyoza): It feels like grandma's house, but the side dishes are absolutely clean! There are two types of stew, but since bandang is famous, I ordered bandang without hesitation! It was amazing to eat simmered fish as a wrap, but the lettuce wrap removes the rippy feeling of the bandang, so it's a great match!
4. The appeal of chewy cockles, Hongseong's 'Ayoung Ine Fisheries'
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At âAyoung Ine Fisheries,â the blue ocean scenery in front of the store is pleasing to the eye. Seasonal seafood from the west coast, such as blue crab, prawns, octopus, and live fish sashimi, offers a variety of dishes depending on the season. The signature winter menu is âcockle shabu,â which is prepared with a broth containing vegetables such as Chinese cabbage and green onions, and fresh cockles. When the broth boils, you can add the cockles, cook them a little, then add the vegetables and eat them in one bite. The cockles, which have been added to the moisture of the broth, are soft yet have just the right amount of elasticity, making them a pleasure to chew. It's a good idea to add kishimsu sari to the soup, which has rich flavors of vegetables and cockles, for a hearty finish.
â²Location: 617, Namdanghang-ro, Seobu-myeon, Hongseong-gun, Chungcheongnam-do
â²Opening hours: 09:00 â 19:00 every day
â²Price: Chicken clam shabu 80,000 won, zukkumi shabu 50,000 won
â²Review (Shikigami Canggu Movie Version): This is the place I visited when I saw it introduced in a Korean meal. After all, I think seafood must be eaten near the sea to be able to eat better quality food. Hehe, I went to eat cockle shabu in the winter, and it was nice that the cockle meat was so plump and had a subtle sweetness. If the weather clears up a bit, I definitely want to come and eat something else in the spring!
5. Seocheon 'Seosan Hall' conveys the freshness of raw octopus
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âSeosan Hallâ is a place where you can enjoy a meal while looking out at the cool and open West Sea. Well-prepared side dishes such as wakame seaweed soup, herbs, and kimchi enhance the taste before a full-scale meal. The signature menu, âZukkumi teppanyaki,â mixes biological octopus with parsley, onion, mushroom, and sauce and is placed on an iron plate at the same time as the order is placed. The croaking and maturing octopus in the crowds of buttercups catches the eye. The sauce made mainly of red pepper powder and perilla seeds enhances the natural flavor and flavor of the ingredients because the seasoning is not irritating. âFried rice,â which is eaten by removing octopus and stir-frying rice and seaweed powder with leftover condiments, is also a delicacy not to be missed.
â²Location: 318 Seoin-ro, Seo-myeon, Seocheon-gun, Chungcheongnam-do
â²Opening hours: 10:00 â 20:00 every day
â²Price: Zukkumi teppanyaki (medium) 50,000 won, zukkumi shabu-shabu (medium) 50,000 won
â²Testimonial (Lunassien, the god of food): The sauce was red, so I thought it might be spicy, but contrary to my worries, it was a taste that I could eat casually. Overall, Fungi fell in love once with the fragrance of buttercup and twice with the chewy octopus. The sauce itself is delicious, and it's perfect for sari or fried rice!
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