Busan is South Korea’s second largest city. Although much smaller than Seoul, its setting is more beautiful because it is on South Korea’s south coast, with the sea everywhere. I would highly recommend a visit to Busan if you are in Korea.
Here is some of the street food, and other quick eats we had.
Around the Busan International Film Festival area (BIFF), you will find a ton of walking streets filled with food vendors.
Since it was early morning, we started with the sweet Korean pancakes – Hotteok. These were filled with honey/syrup and sunflower and pumpkin seeds. Very delicious.
Next, a chicken skewer, which, although the lady was torching and grilling, was not all that great. I think a problem with a lot of these chicken places is that the chicken is pre-cooked and then re-heated.
The next place we went to was this place famous for fish cakes. We had ones with hot dog and rice cakes. Very delicious.
You also get to have a cup of the delicious broth the cakes are cooked in. Its self serve and I highly recommend you do not miss out on this. Sorry I do not know the English name but its a short walk from the BIFF and towards Jagalchi market.
Walking further towards the Jagalchi fish market, we came across this seafood restaurant, with fresh tanks in the front.
What make us go in, aside from the fresh tanks, was the uni on the menu.
We also ordered sushi and the meal came with a bunch of banchan. The fish was very fresh but there was too much wasabi used. One interesting thing to note was that the rice was yellow. A local told me that the rice is sometimes cooked with tumeric (which i could not taste).
Next stop, Jagalchi market. Inside the market, you will find a ton of fresh seafood of all types, many I was seeing for the first time. What is nice about the market is you can choose your seafood, and then have one of the many stalls with menus cook it how you like and eat it on the spot.
Also, all along the streets outside the market are more stalls and places to eat.
On another day in Busan we went to check out the Gamecheon cultural village. According to our guide, this was an area where people fleeing the war first settled. The settlers painted their houses in pastels and it has been described as the “Santorini” of Korea.
The first thing we had was another fish cake with a hot dog inside.
Then some pastries including an egg salad sandwich.
…and a kimchi pancake.
Everything was delicious.
Finally, if you are in Korea, make sure you do not miss out on these almonds.
We had the honey butter and cookies and cream. The flavor is extremely well balanced with sweet and salty and never over powering. Very VERY VERY delicious. I have seen them sold all over Korea.