Korean Seafood Dishes
7. Ganjangejang (간장게장) – soy marinated raw crabs – Raw crab might sound a bit strange, but this is a wildly popular dish in Korea. It’s also a lot of fun to eat too! You take a bite into a crab and suck the meat out and also take the crab shell and use it as a dish for your rice. Don’t forget to get all that yummy goo too! Sometimes you might get lucky at restaurants that serve this as banchan, but it’s a totally different experience when you’re eating this as the main course. Do it, yo!
8. Golbaengi muchim (골뱅이무침) – sea snail salad – Anything with the word snail in the title sounds gross, so it’s not the most marketable Korean food. But if you’re into spicy foods, salads and noodles, this is the perfect dish for you. Typically eaten as an anju (안주), a food to accompany alcohol, golbaengi muchim is one of the spicier options you’ll find on this list. But wash it down with some beer, and you’ll be straight (Click here for image)
9. Godeungeo/galchi jorim (고등어/갈치 조림) – braised fish with radish – Godeungeo is mackerel and galchi is hairtail, and both are used in this really homely Korean dish. The chunks of mackerel and radish are cooked in a spicy soy-based sauce. The fish chunks are good, but some people love the radish even more. Whatever your preference, head over to Namdaemun Market and ask the tourist guides where you can find the jorim golmok (조림골목), a street with a bunch of restaurants selling this specialty.
10. Agujjim (아구찜) – steamed angler – Fish is not always number one on people’s choice of Korean foods, but if you’re a fish lover, this spicy dish is a Korean food that will be sure to get your mouth on fire. Agujjim can get pretty expensive and range anywhere from 20,000 won to 50,000 won for a big pot. But it’s a great food to get delivered to your house or hotel in Seoul, so why not try ordering in for some spicy, fishy goodness you’ll pretty much find only sold in Korea. (Be careful of fish bones. These ones are sharp!) (Click here for image)
11. Hoedeopbap (회덮밥) – raw seafood bibimbap – This ultra healthy dish is similar to bibimbap in that you mix all the goodies in your bowl together. But the taste is very different as you’ll have raw seafood cubes, different types of vegetables and sauce to mix around. Hoedeopbap is low in fat and has all those healthy greens along with some rice to help keep you full. Here’s a simplified formula for hoedeopbap: salad + rice + hoe (raw seafood) = crazy delicious!