My fourth day in South Korea continued after my overnight stay at Beomeosa Temple. Come along with me as my group and I explore the beautiful Haeundae Beach and then head to a local restaurant for an unbelievable royal Korean feast!
As soon as we arrived at Haeundae Beach (the longest beach in Busan), we spotted some huge, incredibly detailed sandcastles. They were beautiful and it was like a big exhibit of sand art. There was even one that looked like King’s Landing from Game of Thrones!
There was a humongous boardwalk that was lined with lots of skyscrapers. The wide beach reminded me of Miami Beach because it was at least 150 feet from the boardwalk to the water. It was a hot day but a little breezy as well. Across the water is Japan!
I loved the skyline. It was very modern, as this is the newer part of the city. The older part of the city is the center, but this area was where the office buildings and helipads were.
Next, it was time for lunch. Sam had been telling me about how amazing this royal feast is for a while, so I couldn’t wait to try it! The restaurant was on the seventh level of a building on a beach that’s more popular with locals. The view was insane!
Our feast began with a mixed plate with duck, salad, bean curd, and more. The bean curd was like a bland, thick, rice-y oatmeal. Then I tried the duck, which was fatty and gamy. The sauce was similar to teriyaki sauce. Next was a sweet potato that was very soft in the middle and hard on the outside.
Next was fatty pork and onion with a spicy sauce. There were peppers that looked like a jalapeno but were way hotter. There was also pork with sesame seeds, which was fatty and gelatinous. There was a lot of spice in it! I was really loving the pork in Korea.
I followed that with shrimp with veggies, teriyaki pumpkin, and a sweet potato glass noodle dish with eggs. The noodles were unreal! They had an almost spongy texture. The teriyaki pumpkin was crunchy, and the shrimp with carrots and egg had lots of different flavors.
Then I tried the sweet, marinated beef, which reminded me of the hot pot beef I’d had in China. It contained mushrooms and sprouts and was super tender and flavorful! It’s the number one dish in Korea with foreigners.
We cleansed out palates next with a black raspberry wine called Bokbunjajoo, which was like a less-strong raspberry rakia. Then I went with the fried eel, which had a nice glaze on it. It was very crunchy, like eel tempura. Then I moved on to shrimp tempura. It had a light tempura batter with a vegetable underneath it!
After some sweet plum wine, I had some fermented soybean soup, five herbs with peanuts and mushrooms, some special kimchi, and more! The soup also contained crab. I added some of the mushrooms, which added a wild freshness.
The kimchi was really fresh and was covered in a spicy, red sauce. The tofu from the soup was really soft and flavorful. I loved the big chunks of crab and herbs. We finished with a syrupy and milky rice drink and fresh pineapple!
What an epic meal! Then we headed to an outdoor fish market. There was lots of fish, clams, crab, snails, and more. The market was huge! The port area was breathtaking with the water, bridges, buildings, and mountains in the background.
Inside the main building was endless seafood at hundreds of stalls, including fish I’d never seen! There were snakefish, octopus, sea urchin, and more. It was so diverse in terms of seafood!
Outside is the Busan International Film Festival grounds, where there’s lots of street food! I couldn’t wait to come back and explore more!
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My name is David Hoffmann. For the last decade, I have been traveling around the world in search of unique culture, food, and history! Since starting David’s Been Here in 2008, I have traveled to over 1,000 destinations in 73 countries, which I welcome you to check out on my YouTube Channel, travel blog, and social media sites.
I focus a great deal on food and historical sites, as you probably have seen! I love to experience the different flavors that each destination has to offer, from casual street food to gourmet restaurant dining. I’m also passionate about learning about the local history and culture.