Three of us went to Jeju for two nights for the first time taking Jeju Air from Seoul Gimpo airport. Besides the beautiful scenery and amiable locals, the food in Jeju left a deep impression. Somehow the food in Seoul and even Busan’s seafood were not comparable to the quality and freshness of Jeju’s. So if you are planning to visit several Korean cities in one trip, might be good to place Jeju as the last stop. Otherwise the spoilt tastebuds will be hard to satisfy in the other Korean cities after Jeju!
MY NUMBER ONE FAVOURITE
I have my favourite food in Jeju! We had it twice within the short 2 nights stay. It is this little inconspicuous corner shop that does not seem to boast much about their fare that completely pampered my tastebuds with its Abalone and Seafood soup!
The soup is served in the usual Korean black bowl of one serving. In this bowl, which seems to be way too small once I had my first mouthful, is loaded with tons of seafood goodness like prawns, shells, and baby abalones! The bean paste soup base is mild and well balanced with the seafood fresh sweetness that is beyond any words to describe. I am salivating remembering the taste while writing!
The most amazing thing is the price of this bowl of soup! With all these fresh seafood, the bowl only costs 7,000KRW, which is only USD 6! Most of the more commercial eateries have menu translated to English but this shop, all menu items are in Korean. I had to rely on my friend who reads some Korean to figure out what to order! I will say this is a MUST TRY when in Jeju!
BLACK PORK BBQ
Jeju is also famous for its black pork. We had black pork BBQ twice at different restaurants and they were all good with just slight difference in flavour and style. Somehow I have this feeling that any of the Black Pork BBQ in Jeju is good! We love the thin slices of black pork. Remember to wrap your BBQ meat with the fragrant sesame leave!
BRAISED HAIRTAIL FISH
This restaurant was recommended by our hotel as a must try. The hairtail fish stew is the signature dish. The thick gravy and moderate spiciness is very appetising with rice. The broiled sea beam is something different too. A little salty for my taste but I believe there are people who find it very tasty.
ARANG JOEUL FOOD STREET
The Arang Joeul Food Street has so many choices of food but we did not manage to try them since we only had one stomach and limited time. You can find grilled sea eel, Chilled buckwheat noodles, Ginseng Chicken Soup, Fish restaurants, grilled pork, braised devil fish, and a whole lot more! I am definitely coming to eat to my heart’s content!
There are many markets in Jeju and it is a must visit as Jeju is famous for their oranges, fruits and vegetables! I was so tempted to buy one of every fruit I see to try them all but my luggage space is limited. The best time to buy Jeju oranges are winter and spring, i.e. around Nov to Feb period.
The cafe culture of Seoul can be found in Jeju too. There are many pretty little cafes to sit and breathe. Here is one that we found that is on the second floor called Coffee and Bakery Cafe. We had a huge bingsu (ice dessert) that was great but it was the decoration that completely captivated us. We stayed there for a long while and took loads of photos of the murals, little cutesy objects and the layout.
Saying goodbye to Jeju was hard as we felt that we have not seen and eaten enough. We will love to come back and have a longer stay to enjoy this island to the fullest!
We ended our Jeju trip with a meal at the airport restaurant. It tastes as good as it looks! Bye till we come again!