Market watch

Gwangjang Market 광장 시장 is mainly a fabric and food market. You can find bedding, fruit and food stalls, but not many, if any, foreigners afoot.

The market’s famous for the bin dae ddok 빈대떡, or pancakes made with freshly ground mung beans.

For less than $4 USD you can sit down to a freshly fried pancake of green onions, shrimp and beansprouts. For $3 more, you can have a bottle of makkolli 막걸리, rice beer, on the side.
I want to return.

After one pancake, you can’t eat much else. And among the other foods at the market, are wild vegetable bibimbap, fresh seafood and black bean porridge.

black bean porridge, pumpkin porridge and pan-fried ricecakes

Filipino Sunday market

This Filipino Market is small. There are two food stalls and maybe 5 vendors selling snacks, videos, CDs and personal goods from the islands. The market operates on Sundays after mass in front of Hyewha Catholic church. In addition to the lumpia, banana eggrolls and pansit fried noodles, I like listening to Filipinos speak Korean and watching Koreans muse over their foreign food. Last month, a ~40-year-old Filipina mouthed to me:

“Hey you. Yeah, you. You like Filipino food?”
“Where you from?”
“I don’t speak English. Only Tagalo. Because I love my country.”
“Hey, you’re eating the food the wrong way. You’re supposed to eat with rice.”
“OK, I’m done. Have fun. Bye.”

Noryangjin Market is the biggest seafood market in Seoul.

A few classmates and I went on a Sunday afternoon.
It will be one of my favorite memories of Korea.

Noryangjin fish market 노량진

The day we went, we bought scallops, assorted sashimi and shrimp.
Our Japanese classmates haggled down the price of the sashimi.
Fishmongers yelled “sashimi” whenever our Japanese classmates walked by.

The bottom level is all seafood, and bargaining really is part of the fun.

You can get king crab, tuna, salmon, mackerel, scallops, every sea squirt, shrimp and mollusk imaginable plus octopus from swallow-em-whole size to slice-em-up for-stew size.

We haggled, bought, then headed up stairs to the restaurant level, where we paid a few extra bucks to have our food prepared and paired with soju and such.

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