Things Get Out of Claw

After four days of web stuff and dinners, I break away on the final evening to seek out my place of venality – a fish market .
Not for me the throb of the night club nor the slurp of the bordello. I crave the smell of wet seafood. Seoul does not disappoint.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBYbxFybL7c

I get there at 8:00 pm and the place is hopping. There is about a square hectosievert of fish stalls, all selling very fresh, er like alive, fish and sea food. I am bedazzled.

Mushy peas

Mushy peas

I stroll around looking at stuff with the idea of going to a restaurant for a light supper.

The cars hiss by my window

The cars hiss by my window

It becomes clear that going to a restaurant empty-handed is a cop-out. You buy the fish at the market and then take it to the restaurant where they then cook it for you. I am inebriated.

Feeding frenzy

Feeding frenzy

“This very small lobster – very cheap.”

“I don’t want to contradict you but it looks too big.”

“Not big! You tourist, you in embarrassing situation, you must buy.”

” Oh alright then.”

Hey you, big boy.

Hey you, big boy.

She is right, it is remarkably cheap.

Off I go through strange passages, slaps and stiles until I come to a restaurant. They grab the lobster and sit me down on the floor. This is only one of  a dozen or so places that are full of Koreans having a REALLY good time. They are gobbling down the best seafood and guzzling shochu. These places are raucous. They are very welcoming to me and we discuss football as best we can.

Was Gareth Bale worth the money?

Was Gareth Bale worth the money?

First installment

First installment

Red in tooth and claw

Red in tooth and claw

Burp

Burp

Asia is the place to eat fish.

La belle poissoniere. Sorry no accents.

La belle poissoniere.
Sorry no accents.

 

 

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8 Responses to Things Get Out of Claw

  1. Ian Calder says:

    I ate a parrotfish in Muscat. I still feel guilty – it was so beautiful. It was dead though.

  2. If you’d have a moment, would you care to write a Dileas piece for the MQ? email to discuss…

    • Dear Sam,
      What a surprise. Love to write something but can I get a couple of Dileas adventures under the belt first? Sailing in Typhoon, eaten by Parrot Fish sort of thing. I could deliver July, August-ish.

  3. Lots of them around here

  4. Ian Calder says:

    Just noticed the very scary crab things behind the Lobster Lady’s shoulder. I wonder how you carry one of them. Maybe they break the legs off for restaurant transfer, and then pick foreign tourist off the floor. Do young people re- read things, or is it a retirement characteristic ?

  5. Alan says:

    Ah, yes. Truly worrying things, those crabs. Often wondered how you’d deal, cooking-wise, with a Macrocheira kaempferi – the true Japanese monster crab. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_spider_crab .

  6. A couple of girls were eating one at the restaurant at which I was. I think they ate it raw. This I deduce from the fact that it kept trying to scuttle away.

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