Eat Like a Local: Vinegar-pickled mackerel in Yeongdo
To make mackerel chohoe (raw fish pickled in vinegar), mackerel is slightly salted before pickling. Moon Gallery in Yeongdo is well-known for its mackerel chohoe. Included in the unique experience at Moon Gallery: an artificial golden moon rises above its sign each night.
The dish, too, is a source of wonder even as it’s being served. Only mackerel measuring more than 40 centimeters is prepared, served whole and expertly-garnished for optimal impact. Mackerel is plated beautifully with blossoms and branches. Chohoe is made through a process of pickling and maturing fatty mackerel in vinegar, which results in a clean and simple taste, as the vinegar eliminates any strong smell while enlivening its firm texture.
Siraegi gukbap (dried radish leaves rice soup), made of Moon Gallery’s own homemade broth, is also quite popular. Craft beer and dongdongju (rice wine) pair well with the chohoe.
Address: 207, Jeoryeong-ro, Yeongdo-gu, Busan
Hours: 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. on weekdays and 12 p.m. – 11 p.m. on weekends. Closed on Tuesdays.