Jeju is full of amazing dishes with one major problem: there’s just too much to eat. If it’s not tangerine jelly buns, then it’s kimchi pork rolls. The island begs to be explored and the food begs to savored.
So, in order to help you streamline your food options and travels, we’ve compiled a short list of our favorite seafood dishes in Jeju. By no means should you limit yourself to 3 dishes while you’re in Jeju. And if you want someplace to start, we’ve got you covered.
Eel and Chips at Fish About (피쉬어바웃)
We’re big fans of fish and chips, but Fish About’s blows the competition out of the water with their take. Mouth watering fillets of eels fried in batter served on top of blisteringly crispy hot fries. They are literally the food of our dreams.
They’re served alongside tartar sauce, ketchup and oil dipping sauces. It’s not often that I enjoy trying a dish with multiple sauces, but they each brought out a different flavor from the eel. I’d go with the ketchup and oil tied for my favorite while Lexi swore by the tartar sauce.
Of course, you can take the safe route and go for their regular fish and chips (which are also delicious). But our advice? Order both!
- 제주 제주시 구좌읍 해맞이해안로 518 월정스캔들건물 1층
- 518 Haemajihaean-ro, Gujwa-eup, 특별자치도, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
Seafood Ramen and Jeon at Pyeongdaeri Mungseok(평대리멍석)
I have a love hate relationship with seafood ramen. On the one hand, I love ramen and I love seafood. On the other hand, there is no vacation dish that has seen a price increase like seafood ramen. That being said, Pyeongdaeri Mungseok serves their bowl of noodles packed to the brim with our delicious friends from the sea.
The seafood pancake (jeon) was otherworldly. My family hails from the center of Korea where jeon traditionally features lots of green onions. This had that, piles of squid, shrimp, cuts of octopus and small sea snails. It wasn’t hard to see why this plate emptied out first (followed quickly by the ramen).
- 제주 제주시 구좌읍 해맞이해안로 1308 평대리 멍석
- 1310 Haemajihaean-ro, Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
Seafood Tteokbokki and Twigim at Jeju Fritto (제주프리또)
At Lexi’s insistence, we made a beeline to Jeju Fritto dreaming of their bouquet of fried tempura (twigim) and seafood tteokbokki. The tteokbokki was a bit short on actual rice cake, but I dreamed of their baby octopus and shrimp bathed in tteokbokki sauce for days after.
The fried tempura was likewise amazing. The fried and battered baby octopus was savory, but the fried abalone were an absolute show stealer. Dipped in their signature oil sauce (or just the tteokbokki sauce) they were beautifully cooked and disappeared quickly (fast hands, quick appetites). While fried tempura is a staple at any tteokbokki restaurant, fried seafood on this level was a first for us.
- 제주 제주시 한림읍 귀덕5길 7 1층
- 7 Gwideok 5-gil, Hallim-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
If you’re looking for more food recommendations, check out our post on the traditional markets in Jeju!
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