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Posts tagged Jagalchi Fish Market

Scene from the Jagalchi Fish Market

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Busan fish market lady

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Jagalchi Fish Market octopuses

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Busan’s Jagalchi Market

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Jagalchi Market (자갈치시장) Busan, South Korea

The guidebooks said to watch out for the smells at Jagalchi Market in Busan, but I found it to be one of the least offensive markets, smell-wise, in the many that I visited while in Korea last summer. However, that may have had more to do with the fact that it had been raining all morning. A much smaller Korean market with raw fish, slabs of meat (not on ice and covered with all manner of bugs), and live chickens can be far more offensive to the nostrils on a hot, humid day without a breeze than a gigantic market like Jagalchi which has been doused in rain.

Korean red chili peppers

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Red chilis at the Jagalchi Fish Market (자갈치시장) in Busan

My biggest problem with Korean food has to do with these guys. Don’t get me wrong; I like spicy food. However, many dishes in Korea have an inordinate amount of red chili peppers, red pepper flakes, chili pepper paste, or some sort of hot pepper sauce. Rather than enhance the flavor of something and give it a kick, I find the amounts used to overwhelm everything else. Frequently it comes out as hot as it went in if you know what I mean. I can’t taste the meat, the veggies, or anything but the hot pepper flavor. Even the instant ramen here in Korea is impossible to find in any flavor other than hot red pepper.