[Webzine 1] Taste of Jeju

An important note on Jeju’s updated bus system and this blog post

From August 2017, Jeju Island implemented a new city and intercity bus system. It increased the number of buses in service, while simplifying the routes, fees and numbering system.

Consequently, the contents of this previously published blog post may have changed. We therefore would kindly request that you consult this page for new bus maps in English on VisitJeju.net,  and this page on our blog for a chart of the old and new bus route numbers.

If you read Korean, then the province’s official bus system website is a useful and up-to-date resource. We hope you’ll enjoy your travels on Jeju Island!

During the winter, Moseulpo in southern Jeju becomes crowded.
It’s because the yellowtail fish is in season.
A fish with lots of fat, the yellowtail has been used not only as food but also
For manufacturing oil alongside whales.
Since the Chosun Dynasty, yellowtail fish has been salted and eaten as a jjigae.

Yellow Tail Fish

Even better than tuna belly,

The winter yellowtail

Yellowtail fish is Jeju’s finest winter delicacy. The chewy texture along with its thick layer of fat makes it just as savory and soft as tuna belly. The winter yellowtail fish is one of the finest Korean seasonal fish, alongside the springtime ‘frog flounder’, and summertime ‘croaker’. The people of Jeju often eat yellowtail with sour kimchi, as they believe that the thick fat layer and acrimoniously sour kimchi are a good match.
You can find eateries near Moseulpo that serve a variety of foods other than yellowtail sushi, such as boiled tomatoes, butter roast, shabushabu, tempura, and kebab. Giant yellowtails that weigh more than 5kg are considered a must-eat abroad, along with tuna and salmon. Like the common saying, ‘dogs don’t even eat summertime yellowtail fish’, the yellowtail fish is certainly a winter delicacy. In addition to its tastiness, it has excellent nutritional value, as it has the largest quantity of vitamin D after the striped bonito fish, which promotes the absorption of calcium and phosphorous in adults and helps prevent the process of aging in a variety of ways. Yellowtail’s unsaturated fat is abundant in DHA, EPA and Taurine which is effective for the prevention of arterial stenosis, high blood pressure, myocardial infarction, and stroke.

Tip. Restaurants where you can enjoy yellowtail sushi and spicy fish stew
 Marado Hwejib
 3, Singwang-ro 8-gil, Jeju-si, Jeju-do +82-64-746-2286

Budoo Shikdang
 62, Hamohanggu-ro, Daejeong-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do +82-64-794-1223

Sam-mi Hwejib
 1, Doduhangseo 5-gil, Jeju-si, Jeju-do

Sagea Bada
 Haengbok Hyanggi Minbak, 26, Hyeongjehaean-ro, Andeok-myeon, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do

Banguh Maeul Shabushabu
 52, Hamohanggu-ro, Daejeong-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do +82-64-792-4949

Uburang Nuirang
 66-1, Maksukpo-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do

Hweyang-gwa Gooksu-guen
 270, Udohaean-gil, Udo-myeon, Jeju-si, Jeju-do

 14-1, Seondeok-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do

Yellowtail sushi

The yellowtail fish, whose flesh is partially red, effectively stimulates one’s appetite. Although the most common way to eat wintertime yellowtail sushi with ample belly fat is with soy sauce and red chili-pepper paste with vinegar, it is also a unique delicacy if you eat it with spicy soy sauce. The yellowtail fish caught near Jeju’s Marado is considered to be of the highest worth in Korea, because its firm flesh tastes superb when eaten raw. A winter delicacy, the yellowtail fish should be the first thing you try on your to-eat list.

Yellowtail spicy fish stew

You will be full of regret if you only try the yellowtail raw, thus missing out on the delicious spicy fish stew. A spoonful of the hot yellowtail spicy fish stew will make you fearless against the cold Jeju wind. Moseulpo bustles with people who are seeking to eat wintertime yellowtail, and when they order yellowtail sushi, they will also get the spicy fish stew as a side dish. A tasty yellowtail fish has more fat content than other fish, and when its big bones are boiled for a long time into a thick stock, it becomes just as savory as the beef bone stock.

Pheasants are easier to catch during the winter in Jeju since a long time ago because their feathers are shorter. Not only are they tasty, but they’re also nutritious. And their beautiful appearance is the reason for their presence at marriage ceremonies and memorial rituals.


A delicacy only prepared for important guests

During the winter time, Jeju residents used to store pheasants that they caught in the snow. They only cooked upon the arrival of important guests, and ate the breast as raw meat and the rest as dried meat. Summertime pheasants don’t taste good as it is their breeding season, but they begin to fatten up as fall unfolds, and in the wintertime their taste is at its finest. Pheasant meat has a warm property, which protects the digestive system and helps stop diarrhea. Rich in protein, pheasant contains the 8 types of essential amino acids that our body cannot produce on its own. In addition, it contains a large quantity of omega-3 that suppresses the buildup of cholesterol, has thin fibers relative to chicken or duck, and is tender with virtually no fat. Full of nutrition, pheasant is prepared in a variety of dishes, such as raw pheasant, pheasant leg roast, shabushabu, tempura, jeongol, dumpling soup, and naengmyun. As diverse as the dishes are, the method of ordering pheasant dishes in Jeju varies as well. You can choose a particular dish to taste, or try a little bit of each dish through course that consists of various pheasant dishes. During Jeju’s winter, pheasant buckwheat noodles and pheasant dumplings are typical pheasant dishes that you must try.

Tip. Restaurants that serve pheasant buckwheat noodles and pheasant dumpling soup
 Maemil Ggotcharong
 136, Yeono-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do +82-64-711-6841

Golmok Sikdang
 63-9, Jungang-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do

Bijarim Kkwung Dish Restaurat
 38-6, Jeongdeun-ro 3-gil, Jeju-si, Jeju-do

Kkwung Maeul
 56, Gasi-ro, Pyoseon-myeon, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do

Daeyu Land
 381, Sangye-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do

 62-3, Jeongdeun-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do

Hwanggeum Tojongddak
 4, Bangil 4-gil, Jeju-si, Jeju-do +82-64-749-5289

Dolnamu Sikdang
 27-10, Nohyeong-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do

Pheasant buckwheat noodles

Jeju-do lacks farmland, which results in grains being more common than rice and a large production of buckwheat. Pheasant buckwheat noodles, created from combining precious pheasant and buckwheat, has been eaten regularly as a postnatal care food. The combination of buckwheat, which purifies the blood and cools down one’s temperature, and pheasant, which helps with regaining energy is appropriate for postnatal care

Pheasant dumpling soup

Pheasant dumpling is the cheapest way to try the taste of a pheasant dish. The dumplings are made with a mixture of pheasant meat, various vegetables  and buckwheat powder which is finely minced, and dumpling skin. Boiled in a  meat broth, pheasant dumpling soup is a highly nutritious delicacy that you can  taste during Jeju’s winter as a hot soup. The soft texture and taste of pheasant dumplings goes perfectly with the savory soup.

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