On Korean Markets in San Diego. San Diego has a pretty solid part of town where you can find Korean food, saunas (사우나), stores selling various goods that you would find in Korea, as well as Korean grocery stores. There are two main ones. One of Convoy proper and the other one, the big one, down the road a bit called Zion Market. I’ve been a couple times since I’ve been home, mostly to buy makgeolli (막걸리), as I have been so very happy to have access to the health food stores that I love back home and most of my shopping is done there, however it’s kind of fun how easily the things I got used to buying in Korea can be found at home.
Cabbage and Radishes
Korean Instant Coffee
Zion Market is an impressively large grocery store with everything you could possible need/want as far as Korean food and supplies go. There is a catering service that makes kimbap (김밥) as well a small cafe where you can get bibimbap (비빔밥) and Tteokbokki (떡볶이).
On 7-Eleven in Japan. When I was in Japan on vacation I often ate at 7-Eleven. I wouldn’t normally do that, but based on the prices in Japan and how different the convenience stores are to anything I had seen before, I was fine with it. Below are some pictures I took in the Seven & I Holdings Co. (as it is called in Japan).
On Farmer’s Markets in San Diego. One of the great things about my hometown is the abundance of really great farmer’s markets and produce available on any given day of the week.
When I am home trips to the market are as important to me as going to work. My favorites being the Hillcrest Farmer’s Market on Sundays, OB Farmer’s Market on Wednesdays, the North Park Farmer’s Market on Thursdays and the Little Italy Farmer’s Market on Saturdays. Here is a collection of photos I’ve taken since being back stateside.
On the Nishiki Market (錦市場). On my recent trip to Kyoto, I made a point to visit the Nishiki Market. Being that Kyoto is known as a place of traditional in Japan visiting a traditional market there seem àpropos. Although it is a tourist attraction on Kyoto, there were quite a few locals doing their produce shopping. The mood of the market seemed very tame and low energy, yet was still really alive and functioning. It was fascinating as it all was new to me; new vegetables, new language, new fish and new side dishes. It was also near impossible for me to identity everything.
On Namdaemun Market (남대문 시장). It’s the season for winter gear and my boss needed a new winter coat so we went to Namdaemun Market and to see what he could find. This market was really fun, busy and had everything. I found it better than Dongdaemun.
I decided to revisit on Christmas day to people watch and to have some kalguksu (칼국수). To get there go to Hoehyeon Station, line 4. Take exit 5, walk straight ahead and you’ll be there. There may or may not be a woman trying to persuade you to go to the first shop right outside the row of shops. She will most likely be standing right in front of the door to the “street”.
More Fur Coats
칼국수 and "service" sides for 4.500w
The noodles were delicious and the adjumma kept pouring more warm broth into the soup for me as she watched me eat. She was really friendly!
On the Jagalchi Fish Market (자갈치시장). The Jagalchi Market is an hour away by subway from Haeundae (해운대) Beach. Although, it’s a much shorter cab ride, the difference is about 10,000w vs. 900w. The super busy market is filled with people selling recently caught fish and restaurants that will prepare the food for you.
Baskets With Live Fish
More Baskets With Live Fish
Halmoni and Clams
Various Shell Fish
A Very Attractive Displace of Shellfish
If You Dare
Loads of Dried Fish
More Dried Fish
More Cooked Fish
Even More Cooked Fish
In the end I didn’t end up eating here as I had to rush back to catch the sunset at Haeundae and my appetite just wasn’t on my side. However, it was a really great market to explore.
On the Sinwon Market (신원시장). This is the biggest traditional market in Sillim-dong. What I find slightly different about this market then say a farmer’s market is that venders actually have store fronts that they work from everyday. However, it is still a different experience from shopping in a super market and supports mostly local agriculture.
The Front Entrance
Traditional Side Dishes:
Various Fried Things
Ginger and Dried Gogi
Rice and Beans
Rice and Beans and Chili Powder
Dried Pink Shrimp
More Rice and Beans
Gochu (Hot Pepper, often used for paste)
More Mushrooms and Others
Apricots, Peaches, Melons, Oranges and Apples
*Things pictures were taken over 3 different seasons and much of the produce is not available year round.
On the Central Market in Hoi An. The market in Hoi An was one of my favorite things about my trip. It is technically outdoors, but with low hanging tarp placed over the venders and it is a pretty decent size. There were trinkets and things for sale, but the big draw of this market for me was the functional selling of fruit, vegetables and fish.
On the Ben Thanh Market. On my recent trip to Vietnam I spent some time at the Ben Thanh market in Ho Chi Minh city. The market is located in the city center, district 1. It is a huge covered market with anything you could possibly want or need.
The Front Entrance
The Rear Entrance
Dried Fruit and Snacks
Tea and Coffee
It is an easy place to spend a few hours and I found that prices were mostly quoted in U.S. Dollars.
On grocery stores in Korea. One of my favorite things about travelling is getting to go into markets and grocery stores. This is for a few reasons, but mostly because food is a huge part of culture so I like to see what the stores sell.
The Grocery Store
Here are some things that I have seen while buying food in Seoul.
Not real cheese.
“Snack” in Konglish
“Sausagee” in Konglish
Frozen Rice Cakes and Noodles
* note, there are no pictures of the produce…this is because the produce selection is limited and better bought at the traditional market.