Enjoy Cajun seafood in a bag near Humphreys

Photo courtesy of OCEAN FLOOR
Photo courtesy of OCEAN FLOOR

Enjoy Cajun seafood in a bag near Humphreys

by Chihon Kim
Stripes Korea

Living abroad is an incredible opportunity to experience various local foods. However, after a long period you might find yourself craving home-style dishes. Adjacent to Humphrey’s Dongchang-ri gate, an easy-going seafood eatery is dishing out the Southern flavor of The Big Easy.

Ocean Floor’s curious-looking aproned mannequin stands outside greeting foot traffic and beckoning people in. I’ve passed this mannequin a dozen times and finally decided to see what Ocean Floor is serving up.


Photo by Chihon Kim

With its opening in 2018, Ocean Floor brought the Louisiana-style seafood boil craze from back home and consequently began attracting a hoard of hungry locals and the military community from Camp Humphreys.

The interior is casual, and the open kitchen lets you see what the staff is putting together. On the wall diners, will find framed Uptown albums. This famous hip-hop group from the 90s made a splash on the K-Pop scene back then. And now, one of its members, Carlos Galvan, owns this eatery.

Needless to say, the band is no longer together, but Galvan is now serving up tasty Cajun dishes instead of belting out boy band tunes.

I visited at lunch time, so I was able to order one of their daily specials. I went for the Ocean Plate about $5 off the regular price, so, in total, this meal set me back 15,000 won (about $15). The prices at Ocean Floor are a little bit pricey for a casual lunch, but the high-quality ingredients and fresh seafood make it worth every penny.

The Ocean Plate is a medley of well-seasoned sweet corn, potato, sausage and mussels swimming in spicy sauce, which did not disappoint. When my meal arrived, it came served in a bag that was emptied onto the table. The tables are covered, and gloves and plastic bibs are provided for messy, laid-back eating.

My meal also included a drink and a side of rice.

Galvan’s wife, Hany, said customers should not worry about the bags used for the boil.

“The plastic bag we use to serve the food is a non-toxic and eco-friendly type, so you don’t have to worry about health problems at all,” Hany added.

She also said the Cajun sauce at Ocean Floor is less salty than the sauces in the States since they do not use any salt to season it. As far as the spice level, the cooking staff will adjust the seasoning if you prefer less heat.


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Though the portions were a bit small for me, the rice included with my set filled me up. For an extra fee, customize your bags of seafood by adding sauce, sausage, corn, or udon noodles.

The Cajun-inspired dish is the main draw, but the whole crab plate, creamy (or Cajun) seafood pasta are also popular, the restaurant staff said. Ocean Floor also offers a kids’ menu, and don’t forget to check out their fried items’ menu, which includes the Fried Combo, which comes with fried shrimp and crispy potato wedges, garlic butter shrimp and sweet & sour shrimp (or chicken).

The eatery also offers an extensive alcohol menu perfect for enjoying over dinner and trying new favorite Cajun dishes. If you are in the mood for some seafood or simply just want to try something different for dinner, Ocean Floor has the best seafood boil in the bag.

kim.chihon@stripes.com

Ocean Floor


Photo by Chihon Kim

Address: 23, Paengseongbuk-ro, Paengseong-eup, Pyeongtaek-si
Price range: $8 to 45
Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Tue – Fri), 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (weekends), Closed on Monday.
Contact info: 070-8118-5588
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