Seoul Central Market (Jungang Market)
After exploring Mangwon Market in Mapo, we continued our traditional Seoul market hopping at Seoul Central Market in Sindang-dong. Opened in 1962, Seoul Central Market is one of the three largest marketplaces in Seoul and the largest traditional market in the Jung-gu district.
They don't have a parking lot, therefore customers that drive there will need to find parking in a nearby lot. It's convenient to get there via the metro; the Sindang station is just a short walk away.
On a Sunday, the place was relatively quiet when we stopped by.
The middle street was much wider than in other marketplaces, making it easier to navigate. Even though I haven't sampled everything at this market, I'd like to show you around and tell you about some of the dishes that are typical here.
Even though it was still early in the evening, Okgyeong-i-nae was packed. The fact that the family does fishing, dries it on their boat, and then sells it was appealing to me after reading the notice.
You can choose from many different types of fish and seafood here, including Croaker, Rockfish, Cuttlefish, etc. There was a long line even though it was a Sunday, so we promised to return soon.
Another half-dried grilled fish and steamed eatery, Manseon can be found not far from Okgyeong-i-nae. It was evident that half-dried fish was Sindang-dong Central Market's signature dish.
Homemade fish cake
The second location I noticed was a shop called Sanjeon, which specializes in selling homemade fish cakes and fish cake soup.
Fish cakes were being kneaded and fried at the time. It has been stated that no flour is used here, only fish and potato starch.
Fish cakes were offered with a variety of fillings, including crab, spicy, fish roe, shrimp, and rice cake.
We tried one shrimp and one flying fish roe taste. The fish cake's flavor was fantastic, especially the chewy texture and bursts of flying fish roe inside.
In addition to the fish cakes and fish cake soup, it appeared to be a pleasant area to enjoy a drink with grilled skewers.
There were other places to get chicken intestine soup and briquette-grilled tripe. It seems that there were many other excellent restaurants in the area.
After failing to get into the dried fish restaurant, we settled for dinner at Pho25, a cozy small pho restaurant.
The interior decor and ambiance brought to mind a typical Vietnamese eatery.
Rice noodles and bun cha, two essentials of Vietnamese cuisine, were on the menu.
We decided to order Back rib noodles and Buncha instead of the standard noodles.
Green onion was thinly cut and served on top of the rice noodles.
Nuoc mam sauce, bean sprouts, and coriander were served next.
Like a true Vietnamese, I dumped in the fresh coriander and bean sprouts and drizzled on some nuoc mam.
Bun cha, a dish of sweet and sour rice noodles, veggies, and grilled beef, was all that was needed to satisfy my craving for authentic Vietnamese cuisine.
Our traditional market food tour concluded as we made our way out of the Jungang Market and stopped at a Jokbal (pig's trotters cooked with soy sauce) booth to purchase small-size Jokbal.
It was a shame that we couldn't sample all the tasty specialties available at the market, but we had a great day anyhow.
Address : 22 Toegye-ro 85-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul OPEN GOOGLE MAP
Phone : +82-2-2232-9559
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