This Korean market dates back to the late 19th century. Back then local vendors would sell produce to the Japanese, Chinese, and Western expats. It is the oldest traditional market in Incheon, South Korea. Today, the Sinpo International Market is the home to more than 140 stores that sell a variety of items.
The food items were interesting since they represented a cross section of tastes.
There were tables displaying a wide variety of spices.
Since most of the items were labeled in Korea, I had to look for picture clues to figure out the ingredients. This appeared to be parts of a flower.
Trays of dried fish were sporadically displayed.
Many items appeared unhealthy since they were deep fried. The above food was fried and then wrapped on a long stick.
Most Korean websites acknowledge a fried chicken dish called Dakgangjeong as the local favorite. Long lines gathered in front of these stalls. I had to scoot beside this server to catch a small glimpse of the chicken bathed in a sweet and sour sauce.
Different types of Korean pancakes were being made on the spot.
This man carefully cut potatoes in a curled fashion. Then he deep fried them until they were golden brown. Next, he dipped them into a mystery sauce. A line formed as he went through the multistep process.
These colorful dumplings and steamed buns could not be missed.
I chose to observe and not indulge.
Those who did taste the local cuisine had mixed reviews. If this stop was not part of our Seoul excursion, I would not have been disappointed.
Sandra Bornstein is the author of MAY THIS BE THE BEST YEAR OF YOUR LIFE. It is available on Amazon. Sandra’s memoir highlights her living and teaching adventure in Bangalore, India. She is a licensed Colorado teacher who has taught K-12 students in the United States and abroad as well as college level courses. Sandra is married and has four adult sons. The memoir was a finalist in the Travel category for the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, the 2013 International Book Awards, the 2013 National Indie Book Excellence Awards, the 2013 USA Best Book Awards, and received an Honorable Mention award in the Multicultural Non-Fiction category for the 2013 Global ebook Awards.