I think Noryangjin is really too touristy for me. There are tons and tons of “China” tourists visiting this market everyday and you can feel it when most of the shopkeepers tried to speak to you in Mandarin.
To be fair, there are lots of Korean coming here to get fresh seafood too. From the subway (Noryangjin station) you just crossed an overhead bridge to get to the seafood market. Interestingly, there are people selling vegetables on the bridge.
If this is your first time in a seafood market, you will be wow-ed as it is one of Korea’s biggest seafood market selling more than 800 types of seafood.
The variety of seafood here is insane and there are so many types of seafood you never get to see in Singapore. I think it is really an eye-opener to walk around just to see what type of seafood they have here.
Here you can buy the live seafood you want in the market stores and bring them to the restaurants (in the market as well) to ask them to cook for you. They charge a nominal fee (around SGD20 – 30) for the cooking (steamed, fried, etc) and using their place. They do not charge for those seafood served raw. You can get sashimi straight from the stores too. You choose the fish and they will slice it up for you. Or you can buy ready-prepared ones. Comparing with Japanese sashimi, I think due to the way they cut the fish, Korean sashimi are usually tougher and more chewy. Korean tend to eat them with chill paste even though most places provide wasabi.
We bought some sea cucumber, baby octopus (free from the kind lady boss), abalone and king crab and proceeded down to a restaurant at the basement (cannot recall the name). We were pretty disappointed that we can’t find any no sea urchin (which is best eaten raw) as live raw urchin is so creamy and sweet.
We did not dare to eat the baby octopus whole as shown in so many Youtube videos (we are worried that we will be choked to death) and here is one interesting video. So we ask the restaurant to chop the octopus into small pieces and ate with wasabi. The sensation of eating the octopus is pretty interesting as the tentacles will stick to your mouth and tongue. It is very chewy and takes quite a while to properly chew it.
We are pretty disappointed with the king crab though :(. The restaurant steamed it for too long and the meat becomes too hard. Even though the meat is very sweet and the juice in the body goes so well with the rice.
Will i go back again? I do not think so as I rather go to Sokcho for king crab (will post this some time soon) even though it is out of Seoul.
Location: 688, Nodeul-ro, Dongjak-gu, Seoul 서울특별시 동작구 노들로 688 (노량진동)
Website: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SH/SH_EN_7_2.jsp?cid=1025329 or http://www.susansijang.co.kr/index/index.do (Korean only)