I'd been looking forward to this place for a while now, as it was a bit like Tsukiji in Tokyo with fish auctions and tons of fresh seafood for sale. But unlike Tsukiji
, this place was much more consumer-friendly, despite the word "wholesale" in its name. Fishmongers left and right not only borderline-harassed you to buy from their stall, but they took credit cards too! The idea was that after buying your seafood, one brings his catch to one of the many restaurants upstairs where they prep everything for you.
We focused mainly on two items today: a flatfish and a snow crab. The flounder was served raw; you could do sashimi
-style with wasabi
and soy sauce, but since we were in Korea, we did it hwae
-style instead, which meant wrapping it in a lettuce leaf with some green chilies and garlic as well as a dab of sauce. The fish itself was rather tasteless though (not to mention disappointingly tough), which meant that one effectively was just tasting the condiments. The more delicious thing was that maeuntang
soup above that they made with the fish bones afterwards. It had a much more satisfying depth to it.
The steamed snow crab was even better, with a delicate sweet meat as well as delicious crab fat in the shell (much better than that frozen stuff from back home - and it was also extremely effective to open that crab with scissors rather than a nutcracker). Clearly the photo above is not crab though; it was sea urchin
, as we got one as a bonus from the fishmonger when haggling downstairs. I liked it so much that I went back for more, especially since he was only charging 10,000 won (US$8.80) for three of them. I'm definitely coming back here again.