Shinsegae Food Hall


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DESTINATIONS south korea busan Dining Shinsegae Food Hall

Shinsegae Food Hall

The food hall in the basement of Shinsegae (the world's largest, Guinness Book of Records-listed department store) is a smorgasbord of international dining options. You'll be truly spoilt for choice with flavours from across Asia and beyond. One really can't go wrong with 'bibimbap': a bowl of rice and and delectable toppings that is sometimes served in a steaming hot cast iron bowl, to be mixed and, thereby, cooked, right before eating.


A substantial acquaintance with Busan's culinary offerings can easily take a few weeks, but if you only have a handful of days, try and work in a meal at the Jagalchi Fish Market, a traditional Korean barbecue session, and a snack on street food: fishcake ("eomuk" or "odeng") is a popular choice that holds somewhat of a cult status in Busan, and is followed closely by "hotteok", a stuffed fried pancake sold at multiple stalls across town. If you're feeling especially adventurous, try "sannakji": an octopus dish immortalised by the movie "Oldboy", which consists of chopped up tentacles that still squirm and stick to the plate (and possibly even the insides of your mouth) as you eat them.