Blood Splattered Everywhere – Noryangjin Fish Market

Typically, I don’t shy away from weird food choices. I like to try new things and am always up for a challenge. There is just one type of food that, no matter what, I tend to resist: FISH! I absolutely hate almost all kinds of fish, and despite Japan being my favorite country, I tend to shun most sushi and sashimi, too. For this reason, when a trip to the Noryangjin Fish Market was suggested, I dodged, resisted, and feigned interest while avoiding, all strategies that worked for almost four years. Alas, my luck ran out and I was dragged into the enormous but damp building while kicking and screaming. Okay, maybe my display wasn’t that dramatic.

 

Just a tease

On the contrary, despite really not liking fish, I love seafood markets. I am probably the worst kind of ‘customer’ though as I am lurking around, taking pictures, and stand in front of stalls for minutes at a time, but am never once tempted to buy anything…that is, until now!

Shrimp Noryangjin Fish Market

My trip to the Noryangjin Fish Market was… well… pretty damn awesome. One thing I definitely noticed immediately and was the sheer size of the place. It’s HUGE!

Arial Noryangjin Fish Market

What the hell is that?

Another thing that I never gave much thought to was the variety of sea creatures Koreans eat. Tuna and salmon are just the start as you can also buy those weird flat fish with eyes on its side, those hideous blubber fish, and even shark. Come to think of it, it seems like the ugliest things in the ocean hang out around off the Korean peninsula.

Blob Fish Noryangjin Fish Market

Manta Noryangjin Fish Market
Didn’t even know you could eat manta.

 

Blood and guts everywhere

I am not squeamish at all, but even I took second looks at some of the blood splattered everywhere. Bloody knives  and severed shark heads were the tame parts where I was not shocked and took out my camera for some shots. Sidney thought it was a bit too weird though when we saw a completely gutted fish still splashing about vigorously. How in the world was it still alive? One butcher lady motioned that I should take a picture of what she was about to do, then proceeded to drive a pick into a large fish’s brain. Definitely not for weak stomachs.

Shark Noryangjin Fish Market

Bloody Knive

Blood splattered on the floor.
Blood splattered on the floor.

 

So what did I buy?

I actually did cave and bought some shrimp. Sidney got herself some salmon sashimi and we had a pretty awesome feast. Although the shrimp came out too salty, even for me, they were still pretty good! Here are some pics of the cooking process and end result.

Shrimp 0 Noryangjin Fish Market
First, remove the shell, head, tail, legs, and poop.
Shrimp 1 Noryangjin Fish Market
Then, I put them in a bead of salt. I should have put tin on top and under the salt to prevent it from becoming too salty.
Shrimp 2 Noryangjin Fish Market
Cover them
Shrimp 3 Noryangjin Fish Market
Just turn them once and in about 7 minutes, they are done!
Sidney got some salmon.
Sidney got some salmon.
Sashimi Noryangjin Fish Market
The butcher cut it up into sashimi.
Sashimi 2 Noryangjin Fish Market
Beautiful display, with the complimentary wasabi.
And here is the final feast.
And here is the final feast.

 

I hope you liked this tour of the Noryangjin Fish Market and subsequent dinner. How about you? Are there any food markets out there you particularly like? Put them in the comments!

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Julio is a California native who has lived abroad since 2009 as an expat in South Korea and New Zealand. He is especially passionate about experiencing other cultures and visiting as many UNESCO World Heritage Sites as possible.
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