Sandwiches made of mackerel? Imagining that combination might make you scratch your head in bewilderment. But it’s actually tastier than you’d think! In fact, extraordinarily so. We invite you to enter the tasty world of Jeju’s imaginative culinary treats.
A bread snack stuffed with real cutlassfish
The Cutlassfish Café is located at the Jungmun intersection. Because of its unique name, it will stick in your mind until you finally come down to Seogwipo to check it out. Its signature dish is a cutlassfish bread snack. Is there really fish in it? Or is it just shaped like one? Both, actually. And on top is a big dab of Jeju hallabong citrus ice cream. You might be thinking it’s made more in the spirit of apple pie a la mode when you first see it, but even though it’s very different, it’s also very good. Will you try it?
Cutlassfish Cafe 25 Jungmungwangwang-ro, Seogwipo-si Hours: Daily 09:00 ~ 22:00 Phone: 064-739-1336
A tasty mackerel sandwich
Some 50 meters from the parking lot below the Lee Joong-seop Gallery, you’ll notice a signboard shaped like a fish and in large letters the words “Fish & Chips”. You might think it’s just another fish restaurant, but actually it’s got more of a British pub vibe to it. On the menu is a mackerel sandwich with focaccia bread, onions, tomatoes and lettuce. The herb infused mackerel is unusual and delicious. Add to that the deep-fried squid tempura, with its delicate texture and taste, and you’ve got a winner of a dish. The location of Sol Fish along a busy Seogwipo city street makes for great people watching opportunities while you enjoy a unique Jeju sandwich.
Sol Fish 423 Taepyeong-ro, Seogwipo-si Hours: Daily 11:30 ~ 23:00. Closed on rainy Wednesdays. Phone: 064-733-5567
Gimbap shaped and made of Pacific saury
Woojung Raw Fish Restaurant
If you go to the Seogwipo Maeil Olle Market, you can find saury gimbap. Similarly, you can find this dish at a good number of raw fish restaurants around the island. But the Woojung Raw Fish Restaurant is the first time you’re likely to see a saury gimbap in the shape of the actual fish, head and tail included for good measure! Given its authentic preparation, be sure to watch for small bones, especially if you have kids in tow.
Woojung Raw Fish Restaurant 32, 54-beongil Jungang-ro, Seogwipo-si Hours: Daily 11:00~20:30 Phone: 064-732-0303
Healthy Hallasan-shaped bread
Hallasan Bread 1950
This Hallasan-shaped bread is as unusual in composition as it is in shape. The number 1950 refers to the height of the island’s 1,950-meter mountain. In addition, the chef has ensured that the ingredients used are local and include lemon, carrots, and green tea. There are no added preservatives or colorings. You also have a choice of four kinds: Chocolate, green tea, strawberry, and carrot with walnuts and cream cheese. These selections are nearly bite-sized, so if you’re not careful you might find yourself overindulging!
Hallasan Bread 1950 2408-1 Ara 1-dong, Jeju-si Hours: Daily 10:00 ~ 20:00 Phone: 010 -6360-5488
A single abalone on rice
Jeju Kim Man-bok
Pressed abalone rice. Combined with the seaweed wrap and Japanese-style egg layer, it’s a pleasantly unique snack. Of course some might not like the chewiness of the whole roasted abalone, but if you like abalone, then this is truly a treat.
Jeju Kim Man-bok 65 Bukseong-ro, Jeju-si Hours: Daily 09:00~00:00 Phone: 064-759-8582
Spicy rice cakes in long, noodle-like shapes
Roof Above the Jeju Sea
At first glance, you might think you’ve ordered some sort of spaghetti dish by accident. But it’s not pasta but rather unusually long servings of flour tteokbokki in spicy red pepper sauce, not tomato sauce. This tteokbokki treat is called “Jjortaeng”, implying its chewiness and tangy flavor. This particular item is very tasty and delicious because it is cooked with red pepper paste and sugar. On the rooftop you have a great view of the Sehwa coast and its charming village life.
Roof Above the Jeju Sea 1878 Pyeongdae-ri, Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si Hours: 11:00~22:00 (Closed Tuesdays) Phone: 010-7373-3565
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