Jagalchi Market, not for the weak stomachs.

Jagalchi Market is a famous landmark in Busan, and is well worth going to.

From a distance, it looks tame enough.

Fish, and sea creatures for sale

Fish, and sea creatures for sale

Dried squid

Dried squid

Shopping for dinner

Shopping for dinner

But when you start to look a little closer, it gets much more interesting.

Skinning eels alive

Skinning eels alive

Let me explain what this lovely lady is doing. First, she grabs a live eel. Next, she drives a screwdriver through it’s eyes and pins it to the board. Then, with hands full of experience, she peels the eels’ skin off and tosses the creature in the bowl below where it continues to wriggle for minutes afterward.

Painful

Painful

Maybe that doesn’t look gross enough. So if you’d like to see a video my friend Jean-Marc took, feel free to do so.

I haven’t tried eating those eels yet. And here’s something else I haven’t tried (I’ll let you guess why).

Appetizing?

Appetizing?

I’m not sure if these were for sale or not:

Fish heads

Fish heads

I think this guy was a little surprised when he got caught:

Surprise!

Surprise!

Then it was time to find dinner, and we settled on this:

Baby Octopus

Baby Octopus

At Jagalchi market, you buy your fresh seafood on the first floor and can then have it prepared for you on the second. This is what it looks like served:

Sanakji

Sanakji

And a closer look:

Tentacle holding on to my chopsticks

Tentacle holding on to my chopsticks

Oh, and by the way sanakji is raw octopus. They cut it for you, and it is still wriggling when you put it to your mouth. This video might be more interesting.

Time for dinner. I hope you’re hungry now!

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~ by nathanhendrix on July 1, 2009.

2 Responses to “Jagalchi Market, not for the weak stomachs.”

  1. OMG… this is disgusting. I don’t know which of it was worse. How can there always be something new and sick for people to eat? It seems like eventually I would think, “Well, I’ve seen that before.” But no, i’m continuously surprised.

  2. I thought these pictures are very colourful and alive.

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