Introducing unique Jeju snacks

This article regarding Jeju themed travel programs was originally published on our VisitJeju.net site. Please click here for the original piece and maps to the sites mentioned. — Ed.

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

Cutlassfish Cafe

 

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

Sol Fish

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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