Whale… it’s what’s for dinner.

Today’s JoonAng Daily discusses the nominally illegal trade in whale meat in Korea. The focus is on Ulsan, a traditional whaling city. Although I am Australian (and our people and government are well known for their strong anti-whaling stance), I don’t really have a problem with whaling or people eating whale.

If you do want to taste the biggest creature in the ocean, there in this post by Brian in Jeollanam-do on how to find it in Ulsan. In Busan, lonely planet (and greenpeace) affirm that it is available at Jalgachi Fish Market, although I don’t recall seeing it there myself. Might have to read the labels more closely.

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Zooza, Seomyeon

Come hungry, leave happy?

Well, in any case, that the slogan of Zooza’s, a new American-themed bar/restaurant. I don’t think “leave happy” is quite correct… my feeling was more “leave wishing you’d ate somewhere else”. This is Seomyeon after all. Unfortunately they’ve chosen to put Zooza’s in Judie’s Taehwa, which means you don’t even have to leave the building to get better fare. Let me show you what I mean….

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Kitanachelin Kankoku?

Apparently there is a hit new food show in Japan, Kitanachelin, which recommends restaurants where the decor may be rock-bottom but the food is top notch.

 I reckon anyone who loves Korean food must be sympathetic to this idea. It has always struck me that, in Korea, the crappier the room: the better the food. Not to mention the price!

I always worry folks won’t believe me when I come across another graffitti-filled, greasy, hole-in-the-wall dump with a menu full of scrumptious food where there’s not an item on the menu that’s over 5000 won. But they are about. And not just out in the dingy suburbs. There are fantastic and dirt cheap Korean places everywhere – 2 minutes walk from Haeundae beach for instance.

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Chicken champs?

Lately our favourite chicken shop closed down, and since then I’ve exchanged fried chicken for the roast chickens you can buy from the back of a truck.

Still, fried chicken perfect accompaniment to a cold beer, especially with both summer and the World Cup well on their ways. In that spirit, The JoonAng Daily has an article entitled “Who will be crowned chicken champ?

The best part about the article is it breaks down which popstars promote which chicken chain. However, it fails to crown a chicken champ!

Nothing to stop us doing it though. What is your favourite chicken shop is Busan, and why? 

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