Ho-tteok 찹쌀 호떡

This is the best sticky rice pancake (ho-tteok) 찹쌀 호떡 I have ever had. This is different from the regular ho-tteok in which there is only a cinnamon flavored syrup. The seller here would actually cut open a cooked ho-tteok and add a spoonful of nuts to it.

It is located at the middle of PIFF Square. There is usually a long line waiting for the freshly made ho-tteok, so you can’t miss it.  A funny thing about this store: customers are requested to put their money into a container and make changes on their own if necessary. The ho-tteok was 900won each.


Eat in Haeundae

Haeundae Amso Kalbi Jib 해운대암소갈비집

This is a famous old store for having Kalbi 갈비, beef ribs. The whole restaurant is made up of a few old houses which gives a sense of authenticity and a feeling of nostalgia.

We ordered marinated ribs for 2 persons, and the side dishes and a pot of hot charcoal came first. The charcoal was placed on the floor and right underneath the hole of the table.

The kalbi was cooked using the charcoal. The beef was really tasty, but I think it was a bit overpriced given its quality (around 30,000won per person).

We also ordered a side of potato noodle 감자 사리 (1000won). But I think it was too soft and it didn’t taste that good…


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After a red-eye flight we wanted to get some hot for breakfast, and bumped into this restaurant after leaving our luggage at the hotel 2 blocks away. It is a place to have 국밥  soup with rice and 해장국 解酲湯 hangover soup.

돼지 국밥 Pork soup: it was okay.

뼈다귀해장국 Bone hangover soup: it was very tasty. The meat around the bones were really tender and the soup has an intense flavor.


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Jagalchi Market 札嘎其市場 자갈치시장

A big fish market in downtown Busan. There is a 3-storey building that contain fresh seafood on the ground floor, and some restaurants on the second floor. Next to the tall building, there are also an open-air fish market and some restaurants. You can find locals buying fresh seafood, dried seafood and kimchi here.


There are quite a number of restaurants in the open-air fish market. They usually grill different kinds of fish at the front of their stores.

I have eaten at the restaurants in the open-air fish market twice at different restaurants. Although it looked like they served the same stuff but one had really fresh grilled fish 생선 구이 and seafood soup 해물탕 while the other one gave us really crap crab for the seafood soup. I guess you really have to try your luck there.

You can get to the market from Jagalchi Station 자갈치역 (Busan subway line 1). Just keep walking toward the sea and you will see the market.