World's Best Food Markets
Andrew Zimmern names his favorite food markets around the world: “Through all of my travels, I’ve found that there’s no better way to feel the pulse of a city or to understand the local culture than to visit a market. I can learn more about a people and their way of life here than I can in the local museum, that’s for sure. Locavore bazaars—where merchant’s hawk the region’s specialties, artisans sell their wares and residents shop for dinner—offer the most authentic and honest experience.”—Andrew Zimmern
Tokyo’s famed Tsukiji wholesale market may take center stage as Asia’s greatest seafood market, but Seoul’s giant Noryangjin Fish Market definitely gives it a run for its money in terms of sheer size and variety (think stingrays, clams, ribbonfish, sea squirts, tuna and the list goes on and on). It’s the largest and oldest market in Seoul, with more than 700 individual seafood stalls, you’ll walk miles around the Quonset hut-shaped building without seeing the same stall twice. While perusing the aisles, I like to grab a snack of mentaiko: salted, spicy pollack roe. You’ll find dozens of varieties of this addictive snack throughout the market. And as impenetrable as Tsukiji is, Noryangjin is not. Buy a fish, the fishmonger will fillet it for you, and then you walk to any of the nearby restaurants where they will happily cook it up. It’s a dream come true.