VIDEO: SavoryGirl Explores the Noryangjin Fish Market in Seoul



It has been much too long since I've posted a new video but I think it was worth the wait...this is a fun one! Not only do you get to follow me through my exploration of the amazing Noryangjin Fish Market in Seoul, South Korea but you also get to experience the amazing meal that was made for us right outside of the market with all of the live seafood we just purchased.  Including our first time trying live baby octopus (Sannakji)...that's right, live people!  So that part may not be for the squeamish (minutes 1:50-2:30) but it's a popular delicacy in South Korea and you know I like to eat the way the locals do, particularly if it's something that would be hard to find here in the States.

The tentacles are honestly delicious and we ate every last one from the two baby octopus we bought at the market.  I wish they served octopus sashimi here...so tender and tasty, but I guess the fact that they keep squirming around for almost 45 minutes after getting cut up wouldn't be appealing to most US diners! If you do try this on your own trip to South Korea please make sure to chew well...since the suction cups on the tentacles are still active while you're eating them if you swallow without chewing or don't chew properly they can potentially stick to your throat on the way down and be a bit of a choking hazaard.  We had no problem (although one tentacle did suction to Katherine's lip on it's way into her mouth!) and I don't think it's a big risk if you're not too squeamish and smart about it but definitely don't want to just swallow them down!

Enough talking...enjoy the video and please comment, like and share as you see fit!

Eating My Way Through South Korea!
Gun Bae to Korea with my new favorite drink Makgeolli!

Gun Bae to Korea with my new favorite drink Makgeolli!

I was recently lucky enough to spend almost a week in South Korea and let me tell you, if it's not on your list of places to visit it should be!  The people, the culture, the food...all of it was amazing and I barely scratched the surface. I spent most of my time in Seoul but also made it down to the ancient Silla capital of Gyeongju and up to the Demilitarized Zone at the border of North Korea. You can see my foodie itinerary here that I created before going but now I want to share a photo journey through some of my self-created favorite food adventures. I say "self-created" food adventures because I also took an amazing guided food tour while in Seoul which you can see here. I also shared a video you can view here from the Noryangjin Fish Market where you'll get to see us eat live baby octopus among other amazing treats fresh from the sea! If this all tickles your appetite or curiosity about this amazing country then make sure to check out all of my South Korea photos here. Happy visual feasting!   SeoulStreetFood First up, a late night binge on Seoul street food just steps from my hotel! Clock-wise from the top left...squid chips, egg bread, me slurping on the bright red Tteokbokki, the stall selling Tteokbokki and Fish Cake Skewers (in a most delicious broth!) and a pork dumpling.  If you've never had Tteokbokki this bright red one is the street food version that is super popular with locals...basically a super thick rice noodle chopped into bite-size pieces and slathered in a bright red spicy-sweet sauce.  Super yummy...so much so I brought a bag home of the chip-like junk food version of it!  One other must-try that's not pictured here (and is perfect for street food dessert!) are Hotteok...little fried, filled pancakes.  The Honey Hotteok was my favorite.  So yummy. Our First Breakfast in Seoul - Hangover Stew for Breakfast! My first breakfast in Seoul...Haejangguk, better known as Hangover Stew.  This is a rich, hearty stew made of beef broth, cabbage, bean sprouts, tripe and chunks of congealed ox blood. It's served with scallions, kkakduji (radish kimchi - one of my favorites) and rice. First, let me say, I was definitely the only non-local at one of the more well-known spots, Cheongjinok (19, Jong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul) that I had to really go out of my way to find and most locals I asked about this or told I tried this almost fell off their chairs.  This is legit...so much so that they are not expecting some petite American girl to be interested in it, apparently! It seems, even that most of the
…and I’m Back from Vietnam and South Korea!


I'm back from my whirlwind 2 week tour through Vietnam and South Korea! I'm not quite ready to share all of my foodie photos and stories just yet, but wow...what an amazing trip.  Despite how many great things I've heard about Vietnam I was still completely blown away.  So much so that I already know I want to go back again...and that's incredibly rare for me to say since there are still so many new places to explore! Then South Korea completely exceeded my expectations in terms of food, people and Seoul being one of the cleanest and safest cities I've ever visited.

While there were certainly many non-food highlights from both portions of my trip, you are in for a treat with my upcoming posts about the incredible food I ate while traveling.  From traditional dishes like pho and bibimbap to the adventurous indulgences of fertilized duck embryos and live baby octopus still squirming and suctioning as I put them in my mouth!  I'll also be sharing my first new SavoryGirl video in almost three years.  I honestly can't believe it's been that long...but this will be a great one to get videos back in the rotation again.

In the meanwhile, the photo collage above is a sneak preview...consider it the many happy faces of SavoryGirl eating her way through Vietnam and South Korea! This is truly me at my happiest: exploring new cultures, trying new foods, meeting new people and making great new memories from around the world that will last a lifetime.   Stay tuned, lots more adventures from Vietnam and South Korea to come!
Foodie Itinerary: Seoul, South Korea

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What an adventure I have coming up!  After a week-long, whirlwind trip with my girlfriend to Vietnam, I decided to turn our 20 hour layover in Seoul, South Korea on the way back into a 5 day layover for myself since I had extra time I could take off.  So I'm headed to South Korea...and I'm doing it all alone!  Since I only have a week I'm focusing on Seoul and Gyeongju only for this trip, but even if I just stayed in Seoul the whole time there's a lot of great food experiences to fit in!

Many people say that Seoul is 6 cities crammed into one...and if I'm just judging by the variety of food alone that I'm going to be challenged to fit into my tummy shown below I can already see how overwhelming this city may prove to be.  But have no fear, SavoryGirl is up for the challenge!  That being said, I'm going to be a bit more flexible with this itinerary than with others that I have done and instead of focusing on restaurants, I'm going to simply focus on the types of food I really want to make sure I don't miss.  There are a few restaurants I'm going to try to make as well, but on this trip that's lower priority than simply sampling as much authentic South Korean cuisine as I possibly can!

If you like what you see, feel free to check out my other foodie travel posts here.  And make sure to check out my Vietnam Foodie Itinerary to see what I ate during week one of this vacation!
Postcards: Railay Beach, Thailand

This, was an amazing day.  We were nearing the end of our two week trip to Cambodia and Thailand, at our last Thai beach destination before heading to Bangkok and then home.  We had spent the previous 3 hours on a boat getting ferried from Koh Pi Pi island to Railay Beach in Krabi.  The ferry ride alone was spectacular...the turquoise blue sea streched out as far as the eye reached, dotted with craggily formations and clusters of islands.  This is what you see in the movies...and I sat like a child for 3 straight hours soaking it all in.  Legs hanging off the side of the top deck, face resting on the railing, and a huge grin plastered to my face.

Postcards: Christian Cooking in Chiang Mai

 

The time: 9am.

The place: Siam Rice Thai Cookery School in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

The temperature: a sweaty 90°.

The mood: hungover, hungry and excited for this part of the trip we've been looking forward to but sad it's our last day in Chiang Mai.

Hence Christian getting a bit randy with the cleaver he is handed by our instructor.  There were a lot of emotions swirling around that morning.  We had been out a bit late with some new friends the night before and the Tuk Tuk for class arrived at our hotel bright and early at 7:30am.  Of course we were the first people to be picked up so we had the joy of jostling around the back of the oppressively hot Tuk Tuk for the next 45 minutes while slowly meeting those who would be our fellow classmates for the next 4 hours.

Cambodian Foodie Photos

I’ve been painfully slow getting all of my photos and videos out from our recent travels...sorry abou that!  The post-vacation doldrums (it’s painful re-entering the real world!) are slowing me down a bit.  But, I’ve just uploaded my Cambodia Foodie photos and my exploration of some of the exotic fruits we tried in Cambodia is on deck and should be posted in the next day or so. Click here to see the newly uploaded Cambodia Foodie photos!

 

Kuy Teau Pork Noodle Soup & Cambodian Coffee for Breakfast!

 
…and, I’m Back!

Hi there!  It’s been a while, but I am officially back in the US, over my severe jet lag, and able to update the site!  I can’t begin to explain how amazing Thailand and Cambodia were, but I will have a few dedicated posts to that very topic over the next week.  Stay tuned for a video of me exploring Cambodian exotic fruits and another of me enjoying my very first cricket in Thailand!  I’ll also post all of our food-related pictures from the trip and share some of the recipes we got after our Thai cooking class (which produced very authentic and delicious Thai food!).