Busan – the Next Hot Place to Eat in Korea After Seoul

TravMedia_Australia_medium-sized_1249500_Korea-Tourism-Organization_2620122200903001k_Dongnae Pajeon (Dongnae Green Onion Pancake), FoodKorea’s port city of Busan in the south east of the country is making a name for itself as a ‘foodie’ destination.  Together with the capital Seoul, Busan is a must to include on any food lover’s itinerary in Korea.

A new brochure of ‘Must Eats in Korea’ features Busan specialities and the dishes not to be missed and where to eat them.  Sixteen foods have been named as the most popular including the Dongnae style green onion pancake, duck bulgogi, Busan-style fish cake and fried bean curd hot pot.

The list also highlights many seafood dishes for which Busan is famous being the major seaport  in the south of the country.  Seafood dishes such as grilled eel, braised spicy monkfish, spicy stir-fried octopus, spicy seafood stew and clam soup are also very popular dishes.

The new brochure offers recommendations for restaurants serving all the famous dishes of Busan as well as maps to enable visitors to find their location easily.

One of the best places to enjoy a huge array of seafood dishes is the Jagalchi Market where visitors can buy fresh raw fish and shellfish and then proceed to the second floor where they can have the seafood prepared to their liking.

TravMedia_Australia_medium-sized_1249501_Korea-Tourism-Organization_street food 1The Gukje Market is the largest general market in Busan and here there is a special food street where you can try popular foods like spicy glass noodles, seed and sugar filled griddlecake and fried bean curd hot pot. Steamed fresh snow crabs can be enjoyed at the Gijang Market.

Instead of going out to a restaurant for dinner take your own food tour of the Bupyeong Night Market.   Bupyeong has around 30 stalls selling Korean food as well as Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese & Chinese.  Here you can sample various dishes from around the world for a very reasonable $1-$6 a plate.

If you are looking for a complete hands-on experience there are several places to try your own hand at making the local specialities.  Also, try a fermentation culture school to learn about alcohol fermentation or perhaps book an overnight stay at Beomeosa Temple nearby where you can learn about meditation and enjoy traditional temple foods whilst having a conversation with the monks.

Planning to travel to Korea then put Busan on your itinerary and obtain your ‘Must East in Korea’ Busan edition to enjoy the very best food in the city.  Email:  visitkorea@knto.org.au to request a free copy.

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