Friendly Tastes of Incheon
Discovered down Every Alley
It now takes only 30 minutes to reach Songdo from Seoul Station. The opening of the GTX-B has been confirmed, and spots around the IFEZ will soon feel closer than ever. If Songdo marks the beginning and end of all journeys around Incheon, it is sure to become even more convenient for enjoying various places! Let’s explore the streets with Incheon’s home-spun but very worthy tastes to discover!
Generous Treats with a Cool Dish |
Hwapyeong-dong Sesutdaeya Naengmyeon Street
For only 6,000 KRW, a bowl of Hamheung-style naengmyeon with sweet-and-sour paste and sweet potato starch noodles can be yours. As it arrives at your table in a big bowl — as big as a washbowl — it is affectionately known as “Sesutdaeya Naengmyeon.” After the Korean War, plants were built in Hwapyeong-dong and the local workers enjoyed naengmyeon at affordable prices. In order to fill their stomachs to a satisfying degree, workers ordered additional “Sari,” or extra noodles, and restaurants began serving large-sized naengmyeon portions in bigger bowls. This marks the origin of the name. Ajeossi Naengmyeon, a naengmyeon restaurant known for its yummy young-radish Kimchi and awesome meat stock, is regarded as the first washbowl-naengmyeon establishment. Ilmi Hwapyeong-dong Naengmyeon, a restaurant that serves watermelon naengmyeon in summer, is also famous.
• Hwapeyong-dong Sesutdaeya Naengmyeon Street Location :
Hwapeyong-ro (Hwapyeong-dong), Dong-gu, Incheon(From Songdo: 12 km)
It’s OK That It’s Ugly, as Long as It’s Delicious — Monkfish! |
Yonghyeon-dong Multeombeong Street
Monkfish, a fish notorious for its ugly appearance, is called “Multeombeong” in Incheon. Fishers used to leave monkfish to waste in their nets, and the local nickname originated from the sound the fish made when it was thrown back into the water. As it has always been regarded as an ugly fish, its prices have remained quite reasonable. The attractiveness of Multeombeong lies in the pleasant taste of the soft, fatty meat the fish offers. At Seongjin Multeombeong, known as the first restaurant to serve steamed monkfish, the dish made up of spicy steamed monkfish mixed with bean sprouts and a chili paste is most famous. Paired with a dipping sauce that mixes wasabi and soy sauce, the taste is simply fantastic. After finishing the dish, it is “mandatory” to enjoy fried rice. Bonga Multeombeong is treated with a unique paste that combines herbs to get rid of the fishy smell.
• Yonghyeon-dong Multeombeong Street Location :
403 Dokbae-ro, Michuhol-gu, Incheon(From Songdo: 9.7 km)
Sweet-and-Sour Paste on Aromatic
Large-eyed Herring | Yeonan Pier Baendaengi
Hoe Muchim Street
Large-eyed herring, similar to gizzard, is usually grilled and eaten bone-in or sometimes wrapped in a perilla leaf. It is also very tasty when seasoned with a paste after removing the bones and organs. Geumsan Restaurant is famous for its large-eyed herring spicy raw-fish salad. Add this large-eyed herring spicy raw-fish salad and sliced lettuce to a mix of rice and sesame oil, and the sweet-and-sour taste of the addictive chili paste will be harmonized with the aromatic large-eyed herring. The secret of this dish comes from the fermented vegetables and fruits. Songwon Restaurant, where only live large-eyed herring is used for cooking, is another great spot to visit. Along Yeonan Pier Baendaengi Hoe Muchim Street, there are also restaurants that serve popular dishes like soy-sauce marinated crab and assorted raw fish, among others.
• Yeonan Pier Baendaengi Hoe Muchim Street Address :
16 Yeonanbudu-ro, Jung-gu, Incheon(From Songdo: 10 km)