Seafood Street

Seafood Street - 바다 맛길
Seongdangmot, Daegu

Seafood Street is in Daegu's South District (남구), directly south of Duryu Park (두류공완).

By subway, the nearest stop is Seongdangmot Station (성당못역) on the red line.  Walk out of exit #3, make a right and cross the main intersection.  Keep navigating north until you see the street marker [pictured above] on the northwest corner of Dulibong Intersection (두리봉 네거리).

By car or cab, 남구 바다 맛길 can be entered into your GPS or a cabbie's CNS. 

A more specific address to one of the restaurants is: 대구광역시 남구 대명복개로 13
(Open on Naver Map)

Upon arrival, on the corner you'll see one of the larger seafood restaurants, whose exterior appears strikingly similar to a petrol station.

"Cleanup at pump 9."  

The next building down is Duryu Hoe Town (두류 회 타운).  It may sound like an abandoned mining venture, but it's actually the fanciest restaurant on the block.  Orders are more expensive, but are served with side dishes greater in number and quality.  Check out this fella's blog for a closer look.

Some mighty fine hoe in this here town.

But farther down the street you'll see a friendly and familiar sight: the red overhangs of Korean markets.  Below them are tanks packed with sea creatures and entrances to their backroom seating.

But first let's take a look at the menu.

Sizes are written in Chinese: small (小), medium (中) and large (大).  When ordering, say "so jjah" (소짜), "joong jjah" (중짜) or "dae jjah (대짜), respectively.

[Note: These are just the common international translations, not necessarily how Koreans would perceive them.  Perhaps 'Eastern Bluefish' or 'Pacific Sea Bass' would be more fitting.  And although raw fish is sometimes referred to by the Japanese term 'sashimi,' most restaurants use the Korean word 'Hoe' (회, pronounced "hway").]

Just point to your desired fish on the menu or in the tanks, and the ajjuma with do the rest.

"The claaaaaaaawwww!"
Pictured here is bang-uh (방어), which is actually a seasonal fish that doesn't appear on the menu.  The species is seriola quinqueradiata, more commonly known as.... well... let's just call it Korean Amberjack.

Watch this 2-minute transformation.  [WARNING: GRAPHIC]

On your table just minutes after slaughter, no one serves it fresher (except maybe Gollum).  It's extremely tender and delicious.  There's also some satisfaction in mixing and matching it with condiments of your choice, including soy sauce (간장), wasabi (와사비), lettuce-wrap sauce (쌈장), and spicy/sour sauce (초장).  And, like any fancy food, raw fish makes great Anju (안주).

The price for the fish alone is 15,000krw (takeout). To eat here it's 25,000krw.  The additional cost includes your usual condiments and veggies, a few sides dishes, rice, an extra fried fish and a fish soup.  Soju sold separately of course.

The soup included in the price is a jjigae (찌개), or thick spicy broth.  It contains veggies and the remainder of the fish you ordered.  

The extra fried fish included in the meal is ggong-chi (꽁치), known as Pacific Saury.  It tastes like the sea from whence it came.

In the next video, the wonderful Seanie Lee teaches us how to eat a fried fish like a pro.

The Good
+ Delicious raw fish
+ Super fresh!
+ New and interesting dinner
+ Less expensive than elsewhere
The Bad  
- Still a pricey meal
- No land-meat
Best for: Seafood lovers, groups, dates, drinking

Hope you enjoyed the very first ROKin' Daegu videos!  I highly recommend checking this place out at least once in your life.  If you do, please share what kind of fish you had in the comments below :)  Cheers 

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