Noryangjin Fisheries Wholesale Market

Noryangjin Fisheries Wholesale Market

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Nubailah
Putrajaya, Malaysia32 contributions
the location was about 0.5 km from the exit of the Noryangjin metro station. Just walk to straight ahead from the right of the exit and you'll find a signage to the market via a tunnel/underground pass. The price of seafood as expected are the most expensive during winter but the seller will usually add some free seafood together with what you bought. I think the stall has its own pre-assigned restaurants to cook your seafood, hence it is easier to buy all you wanted to be cooked from the same stall/seller. Easier to negotiate price as well. The restaurant is in the second floor but i found that the price to cook is quite expensive based on what i paid recently (it was mostly either plain barbeque/ simple spicy dish). Maybe you'll find it cheaper at other restaurant. There are shop selling meat as well and the price of wagyu beef is quite cheap (of course not halal). Most seafood sold are fresh and some are still alive.
Written January 21, 2020
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kappelzwerg
Fellbach, Germany265 contributions
Couples
We went on a Wednesday morning to the Noryangjin Fish Market. It was not crowds and we really enjoyed our visit. You can purchase the fish on the ground floor (1st floor Korean naming convention) and it is prepared on the 2nd floor. It is absolutely impressive. On weekends it might be crowds.
Written April 23, 2022
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Mom_of_Scotty
39 contributions
Friends
We had a great first time experience at the new wing of the fish market. (Go at dinner time! The restaurants are open until past 10pm.) Probably because we took our time to shop around and suss out the "market rate", at no point did we feel ripped off, unlike some of the reviews.

Arrived at 6pm via subway. After asking about 10 vendors, we found a more honest seller (stall 13 near south gate no. 2). She quoted significantly lower prices than the rest, but did not entertain much further haggling. We bought crabs, sea urchins, prawns and octopuses from this lady, and a huge platter of sashimi from the stall next door.

A boy guided us to an affiliated restaurant called Hyun Dae. There, the Mandarin speaking lady boss came out and asked us how we'd like each item to be cooked. The cooking fee for each style was clearly stated on the wall, in Korean, so we felt reassured. The seafood came out beautifully steamed, grilled and boiled. The restaurant was full of local diners, including couples on dates, and office workers having after-hours drinks. So it did not feel like a tourist trap.

The star dish was something we didn't quite buy from the market stall: my friend copied what she saw on a travel show, and got the restaurant to take the empty crab shells with some roe/cream left inside, and make fried rice with them. (Pictured) Best. Fried. Rice. Ever. I think this is a dish any restaurant at the fishmarket can whip up. So do try it.

The restaurant bill, which included cooking fees, booze and side dishes for 3 persons, came up to 67k won.

Overall, we had an amazing dinner, and would totally do it again if we ever return to Seoul.

Directions: To get there from the station, do not take the overhead bridge across the train tracks, as Google will recommend. Though it works, that route will bring you through a dodgy and foul smelling car park.

Instead, go via the underground tunnel. It's newish, brightly lit and smelled fine (for a fish market).
Written August 26, 2018
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tbhan08
Sitiawan, Malaysia7 contributions
Family
The sea products varieties are there. But the hawker are pushing you to buy the king crap or other prized product. Once you bought and you go to 2nd floor to the restaurant, the same attitude is reflecting. They will look at what you have purchased. If you buy too little seafood, they will chase you away or ignore you. Personally for my experience, I have bought abalone, shells, squids and salmon fish and after bargain, only we can eat in one of the restaurant. And the charges of the cooking services(plus the seating place) is much more expensive than the sea product that i bought. Never again will I be back.
Written December 14, 2018
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Jane L
Los Angeles, CA4 contributions
Friends
TOURIST TRAP. We went during a weekday (mid morning). MUST: wear shoes while visiting! As expected of fish market - there is a lot of water on the ground. I saw lots of shows highlighting this market as variety and lots of stalls. This was true. However, buyer beware! We went to a stall owned by Chinese - they "recommended" a restaurant that would prepare the seafood we had just purchased. When we sat down, our seafood was NOT fresh. They brought out our sashimi that we saw them cut outside in already packaged (4 layers of saran wrap).

What we suspected is that they swapped our "live" seafood for already prepared or not as fresh/big seafood they had inside the restaurant. We all had stomach problems after our meal. Not only that, but they charged us a hefty sum for a lot of the "prep" work and added on additional fees they didnt forewarn us about.

Stay away! Not worth travel time! If you do go - don't make the same mistake we did!
Written June 3, 2015
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scottmkoltick
Seoul, South Korea53 contributions
Friends
This place is a must do in Seoul if you like fish. No Korean required. Here’s how it works. Walk in. Walk around. See what looks good. Don’t stop at the first place that speaks English. Once you settle on something, start talking. It’s all right to point, then gawk, then walk away if you want. If you pick a live fish, they will kill it there. If you want it sashimi style, they will cut it up. Pay for the fish. Then, go with a man who appears from nowhere and takes you upstairs. Don’t ask questions. He will drop you in a restaurant. Tell them how you want the fish cooked. Sit down. Drink. Cooked fish will appear. Eat. Drink some more. Pay as you leave. Thank me later.
Written August 29, 2018
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Pattyhawaii
Honolulu, HI51 contributions
The 4 of us visited Noryangjin market via subway. We are seafood lovers. Signage in subway pointed us to the stairs and walkway bridge to the market. Reviews on trip advisor helped us to know the going rate for the King crab. Vendors offered us 60,000 to 35,000 won per kilo (2.2 lbs) for king crab. We went to 6 vendors before heading back to stall #84 which was the 35,000 won price and the nicest lady. Our crab was 2.4 kilos at 80,000 won. We also bought large abalone at 2 for 10,000 won. We were taken to a restaurant outside the market after finding that all the upstairs restaurants were closed. We went on a Sunday morning. Best King crab all Of us have eaten, as it was fresh and in season! So sweet and easily shelled! We paid 28,000 won for the restaurant to cook the food and with side dishes. Restaurant was clean, and efficient. Our meal was less than 30$ U.S. Per person. Fabulous meal and one of a kind experience was totally worth it...Priceless! Will surely recommend this experience to seafood lovers!
Written May 17, 2016
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vkim0215
Irvine, CA17 contributions
Family
Total for 1.8 kilo king crab, 4 abalone, 3 prawns, 8 scallops was 130₩. However table clean up and cooking fees was 66₩. Make sure you ask how much it will cost to have your seafood cooked before you purchase your items. The seafood itself was cheap but cooking fees were ridiculous.
Written August 16, 2015
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mordecai12
Singapore, Singapore112 contributions
Family
Prompted by a popular food documentary on Korean food, we went to the market after taking the train. I thought I had gone to the wrong place. The dirt of the place reminds me of a busy fish market in the backwaters of some south east asian village without access to proper drainage, definitely not one u will find in a big city.
Have you had the experience when u arrive at a tripadvisor attraction which many TA advisors voted as "Very good" or "Good" but you realise it honestly should warrant a "terrible" rating ? Well Noryangjin Fish Market is such an place for me (it's not an "attraction")
Firstly, the unacceptable filth and extremely unhygienic environment.
Any responsible TA advisors should warn the community how dirty the market is. The floor is potholed, filled with dirty water. I felt sorry for my shoes (even though they are not brand new). I nearly fainted when I saw the choked drains filled with unspeakable filth. The roof of the restaurants are cluttered with litter (yeah you can see it standing on the second floor where u arrive after crossing the bridge). A section of it was filled with open bags of garbage n styrofoam cups. Remembering it in my mind gives me the shivers now. How can u forget the nauseating sight? U would hv thought they hv some kind of hygiene checks. This place is absolutely not suitable for people to have a meal. Eat at your own risk to your health. It is entirely reasonable to think of rodents and rats infesting such a filthy place. Beware of dishonest operators of restaurants too.
Written August 6, 2013
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Kidkong
New York City, NY164 contributions
Noryangjin is a great place to visit and get fresh sashimi, Alaskan King Crab, and many other delicacies of the sea. In general, Koreans eat sashimi, a jigae (spicy soup) or tang (for those with less heat tolerant palates - clam soup is common), and you can ask for anything to be grilled or steamed. Point to a fish if you don't recognize and ask the vendor sashimi/sushi, or jigae, tang? And they will generally point you in the right direction.

You will see rows of stalls selling similar products so you don't have to commit to a single stall, you can ask for discounts or free extras if you do buy from a single stall. But you are at a fish market for the freshest of fish. Sashimi can prepared at any of the stalls and restaurants will not necessarily prep sashimi for you.

If you want sashimi there are many options of lobster, fluke, rock fish, etc. After you pay have them butcher the fish in front of you, since there are instances for losing the head or bones for the soup stock. For shellfish just carry everything for the restaurant you wish to cook, so there is no bait and switch upon delivery to restaurant with a less fresh or slightly smaller catch. I avoid the shrimp as most if not all are all frozen and imported. And when grilled at restaurants, they come usually over cooked.

There is a red looking cucumber that I normally don't find in other countries. That is to be eaten sashimi style with sesame oil and salt. Some like this or not.

Alaskan King crab is one of my favorite dishes when I go, I get it steamed and broken down for me at a restaurant upstairs. Even the big top shell will come with liquid and white bits floating inside, you can use a spoon to drink like a soup.

They all take credit cards so no need to pay in cash, however you can ask for a discount if you do have the cash. The restaurant I normally head to is 황제 식당. (Hwang-jea Sik-dang) And for a little twist on dipping sauce for your sashimi, use the red paste and add some wasabi to it for a little kick. With a little soju then you have arrived in Korea.

Written May 24, 2013
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