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Ultimate Busan Food Guide For First Time Travellers

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No journey to South Korea is complete without a sampling of authentic South Korean food. It’s the same with Busan. However, Busan’s proximity to the sea and its history as a sanctuary for refugees during the Korean War have put a unique and exceptional spin on many Korean favourites. Here is our Busan food guide.

Bibim Dangmyeon

Busan Food Guide, bibim dangmyeon
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A light but spicy noodle dish, bibim dangmyeon is perfect as a light lunch or snack. It’s made with cellophane noodles with fish cake, vegetables like spinach and pickled radish, kimchi and hot pepper paste.

Dongnae Pajeon

Busan Food Guide, Dongnae Pajeon
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Busan’s Dongnae pajeon is different from pajeon found elsewhere in South Korea. Dongnae pajeon is made with glutinous and non-glutinous rice flour. Seafood is also a dominant ingredient. It is not a surprise given that Busan’s location by the sea.

Grilled Eel

Busan Food Guide, Grilled Eel
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In golden days, eel was considered inedible in Korea and simply thrown away. The hardships of the Korean War forced Busan’s refugees to find food where they can, and grilled eel is one such food that became another Busan speciality.


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Haemultang is a sumptuous soup brimming with seafood. Again typical of Busan and its proximity to the sea. Some restaurants load their haemultang with as much as 20 different kinds of seafood – clams, mussels, octopus, squid, shrimp, crab and other shellfish. Thus, making it a true seafood lover’s delight.


Busan Food Guide, Milmyeon
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Milmyeon is a Busan adaptation of the naengmyeon cold noodle soup. Milmyeon was made using flour mixed with starch from potatoes and sweet potatoes. Meanwhile, noodles in naengmyeon are made with buckwheat. Later, you can choose to be served with chicken or beef. The taste is either sweet or sour in taste.

Raw Seafood

Busan Food Guide, Raw Seafood
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Busan is one of the best places to eat raw seafood. The catch of the day is really the catch of the day, fresh and succulent. You can find raw seafood at Jagalchi Fish Market. However, you can easily find a seaside eatery where women called haenyeo dive for seafood. Oh, and the social media famous, live octopus!

Ssiat Hotteok

Ssiat hotteok
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Another Busan spin on a South Korean street food staple is ssiat hotteok. However, regular hotteok is pancake made with wheat flour and filled with honey, cinnamon, brown sugar and chopped peanuts. Meanwhile, Busan’s ssiat hotteok has sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and other seeds in addition.

Find these halal food at this halal restaurant in Busan. In conclusion, if you ended up salivating looking at our Busan food guide you seriously need to book your flight to Busan now. Experience local authentic Busan food today!

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