Trip to the Market

Took a little walk downtown today, venturing away from the main strip out into the areas where the people that actually live here shop. it was, to say the least, enlightening. i have a lot of homework to do. there were a multitude of fresh vegetables, grains, spices, cuts of meat, so many things i don’t even know the names of and have a language barrier in the way of asking what they are. i’m going to go about it methodically, photographing, comparing with reports of what is native to the area, identifying and then figuring out the best way to cook. its going to be an adventure and i relish the idea of setting forth on it. the one disappointment is that the fresh produce prices for the items i was familiar with are not that much different than in the grocery store on the base. i expected a bit of a price drop but maybe i need to venture a bit further away from the base or perhaps be a little more korean to gain a price advantage. perhaps…

in the meantime, here is a picture of some fish. one of these or their cousins will end up on a plate at my leisure. i look forward to it, i’m not experienced at all with fresh fish, just book learning. time to learn to descale, clean, fillet and cook appropriately. fun fun fun.

fresh fish in Songtan market

fresh fish in Songtan market

oh and if i understood the guy right, these pretties are around $5 apiece, a steal as far as i am concerned.

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3 Responses to Trip to the Market

  1. What a trip! This will be interesting, eh? : )

  2. Joe Wallace says:

    Hey, I just remembered this. In Seoul there were halal meat markets so you might get lucky and find one near Osan…lamb and other necessities of life…mmmm, lamb.

    PS–look up some Peruvian recipes some time. You won’t be sorry. Ceviche Peru-style with a Pisco Sour is divine.

  3. “look up some Peruvian recipes some time. You won’t be sorry. Ceviche Peru-style with a Pisco Sour is divine.”

    My mom is from Peru and is a ceviche master. I learned how to make it from her. My last meal on Earth would be ceviche with boiled sweet potato.

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