Sunday, October 25, 2015

This Week's UFO: 물회

This past weekend, a fellow Couchsurfer was visiting Jeju from mainland Korea.  While I can't host anyone at my current housing, I agreed to meet up with this fellow traveller and together we explored some of the coastal roads near my house, culminating at a restaurant at Moseulpo Harbour (모슬포항).
A view of the harbour from the further pier.
While Moseulpo might not be the most exciting place in terms of night life and attractions, I have enjoyed the couple of restaurants and cafes that I have frequented over the last couple of months.  Saturday, with my new friend, I was determined to try something new.  There are so many fish restaurants along the harbour front and they were all pretty busy--always a good sign.  After walking down the line we picked one at random (I forgot to get a picture of the front of the restaurant! And I don't remember the Hangeul characters.), which lead to the following:

Fried fish and soup thing.
 This fried fish was delicious.  In my experience at Korean restaurants, I have learned that they bring food when it is ready.  So when you go with a group of people, dishes will come out at different times because they bring you your food when it is fresh.  This fish was so fresh it was still sizzling as it arrived at our table.
The main "event" + a couple side dishes.
This soup-like dish that you see is called 물회 in Korean (pronounced Mul Hweh).  I have looked for a translation to English and I can't find one.  At the time, all I knew was that it was something related to fish and that it was a cold soup.  You can't see from this picture but there are ice cubes in the soup.  It was a little bit spicy, but other than that it was delicious.  It wasn't until after I got back to school and was talking to some students that I learned that I ate raw fish soup.  No wonder it was a cold soup.  Ha.  All in all it was a fun, and unexpected food adventure and I would definitely order 물회 again.

That's all from me this time.  Missing all y'all back in the True North as well as those of you who are out all over the world.

Love and Hugs.

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