Not as noisy, bustling and crowded as Seoul, in Jeju you will be enjoy the peaceful scenery and fresh air, so Jeju has always been one of the most attractive tourist destinations of Korea, is a destination in dream of every visitor. This island is also known as the “Hawaii of Korea”, a paradise of love for couples. Famous for its beautiful natural scenery, including majestic waterfalls, stunning hiking trails, white sand beaches, clear blue sea… However, it will be a huge omission if you miss the culinary paradise in Jeju. So, what to eat in Jeju island (what to eat at Jeju, Jeju what to eat) and where to eat in Jeju island? Let’s check it out our Jeju food blog and guide with 21 best Jeju must eat food (must eat in Jeju, food must eat in Jeju island) to find out the answer!
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Heuk Dwaeji (Black Pork)
This special black pork food is only available on the beautiful island of Jeju, so this is the dish that anyone who comes to Jeju have to try. Jeju Black Pork has a unique flavor different from regular pork, these pigs are smaller in size with black skin and smooth hair. Although this dish is simple prepare, but it is marinated with very special spices. Grilled black pork will be served with pickled vegetables such as kimchi, pickled vegetables or seaweed, raw garlic, mushrooms, bean sprouts, perilla leaves, etc… This dish is served with a bowl of hot rice and another bowl of kimchi soup is really best.
Among Jeju Island’s dishes, black pork is at the top of the table. This is a famous specialty in Jeju Island that visitors should enjoy, is processed into many different dishes such as BBQ or soup. It has delicious meat, low fat and is extremely suitable for Korea’s famous barbecue.
Where to eat?
You can go to Black Pork Street to enjoy this dish. And some best restaurants are:
Address: 25 Gwandeong-ro 15(sibo)-gil, Geonip-dong, Cheju, Jeju-do, South Korea
Phone: +82 64-753-0008
Address: 15 Gwangpyeongdong-ro, Nohyeong-dong, Cheju, Jeju-do, South Korea
Phone: +82 64-747-7876
Address: 2343-3 Nohyeong-dong, Cheju, Jeju-do, South Korea
Phone: +82 64-744-9001
Hwae (Fresh Raw Fish with Salad)
Jeju is an island with four sides surrounded by the sea, so the seafood here is always especially fresh. And of course, Hwae raw fish salad is the best choice when you do not know what to eat in Jeju. Hwae raw fish salad is similar to sashimi of Japan, but is prepared in the typical Jeju style, made from a variety of extremely fresh seafood, such as squid, abalone, octopus, especially flounder. Also, I recommend for you other dishes like grilled sardines (kalji fish) is also a favorite dish on Jeju Island.
To find some places to eat this dish, you only need strolling around coastal roads, you will encounter countless eateries, food booths with similar flavors and prices. If you see any crowded shop, then drop by. You also should rent a bicycle, both cycling around and watching the sea and looking for a restaurant, because walking is very tired feet.
Live Octopus Sashimi
In Korea, people are very fond of raw food, especially seafood. Fresh octopus caught from the sea is prepared and clean, cut into small pieces to fit your mouth, then mixed with sesame oil, sprinkled with sesame, it is very simple but loved by many diners. If you want to try “thrills”, you should try eat live octopus, make sure this is an exciting experience like never before. Pieces of octopus still wiggling on the plate, when you put in your mouth, they stick to your tongue, wiggling in your mouths and maybe making you cry. This dish tastes nothing but the smell of sesame oil, octopus and very chewy sea cucumber chewy, Lol.
What to eat?
The place to eat this dish is Dongmun Fish Market. If you want more chill then just stroll around the coast, there will be shops right next to the sea, they will make this dish from live octopus and sea cucumber caught from the sea. Sitting at the beach and sipping a glass of soju wine with a famous Korean dish, it is very chill.
Address: 64-1 Gwandeong-ro, Ido 1(il)-dong, Cheju, Jeju-do, South Korea
Phone: +82 64-752-8959
Jeonbok juk (abalone porridge)
Abalone porridge is considered a noble dish, usually only for the ancient kings to eat to nourish the body. Heard “healthy and balanced” yet, lol. But today, this dish is very popular already. You can easily enjoy a delicious and nutritious bowl of abalone porridge on Jeju Island. The abalone on Jeju Island is extremely fresh, simmered with rice, fragrant and sticky, and inside there are many more nutritious diced vegetables that make the dish extremely harmonious in color as well as nutrition.
Abalone is a very nutritious dish and Koreans compare it to ginseng from the ocean. Jeju abalone is rated as tastier than any other. Abalone is often prepare into abalone porridge, stewed abalone soup with ginseng and other stews.
What to eat?
Recommend for you the famous abalone porridge restaurant in Jeju Island:
Myeongjin Jeonbok Abalone Restaurant
Address: 1282 Haemajihaean-ro, Gujwa-eup, Cheju, Jeju-do, South Korea
Hours: 9:30AM–9:30PM / Tuesday: Closed
Phone: +82 64-782-9944
Price: 8.000 – 12.000 won ($6.61 – $9.91)/bowl
Fruit of Jeju Island – Hallabong
Jeju is a good land, so fruits derived from Jeju Island are always loved and sought. Having visited Jeju Island, of course you have to try Jeju fruits to see if it is any different from the fruits in other places, right? Hallabong (a fruit similar to oranges and tangerines but has a more typical flavor), oranges and tangerines are the typical fruits on Jeju Island, not only Koreans love but also tourists from Vietnam and China also often buys as as gifts. Korean tangerines are as small as a child’s fist, very sweet.
Where to buy?
You can easily buy these fruits at Dongmun Market, affordable but always fresh and clean.
Hwangge – Crab Curry
If you ever thought that curry rice was boring, you would definitely have to change your mind when tasting Jeju Island’s famous curry. Curry of Moon Sso is not only beautiful, attractive but also extremely harmonious, delicious flavor. In particular, you will enjoy hwangge crab – extremely firm meat specialty crab, has a very famous soft shell of paradise island.
Crab curry here has a very different flavor and processing unlike in Vietnam or India. With extremely harmonious and delicious flavor, firmly crab meat, light sweet has a soft shell, so when eating, diners are extremely excited. In particular, the hwangge curry has impressive colors, in addition to crabs, there are also additional half boiled eggs, enhence the fatty and fragrant to attract people to eat.
Where to eat?
Moon Sso Restaurant
Address: 326-3, Ongpo-ri, Hallim-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju
Price Range: 10.000 – 20.000 Won ($8.26 – $16.52)
Hours: 11AM – 7 PM / Closed: Friday
Sanbang Mountain Hamburger
Not only own sa very unique crust, this specialty burger also has a very attractive flavor. The black crust is made of extremely thin but very tough bamboo charcoal and the filling is full of soft beef, succulent, sauces and vegetables inside creating a very attractive and delicious burger. A delicious burger set meal will be served with salad and drinks.