Korean Holiday : New Year Food Shopping at Market

I went to Sajik farmer's market with my mom and sister.
We need ricke cake and some fruit.
We were able to buy them at the discount store.
But we all like walking through the market feeling the lively atmosphere.
Just Like a little me.

First, We looked for our first target, rice cake.
There were several rice cake stores.
But this store seems to sell the freshest rice cake just out of the steamer.
Also, it was so very crowded by a throng of people.
Mom bought two loaves of rice cake. (It's 5000won, each.)

rice cake

Next, we bought sweet rice drink called 'Sikhye'. 
My grandma used to make it at home,
but this year, she is not healthy enough to do it, sadly.

I am not that fond of it, so I didn't notice there were no sikhye prepared.
My sister reminded us of the tradition of drinking sikhye.
Mom and I first hesitated. Mom is not a big fan of sikhye, either.
But Sister wanted to buy it for visitors and for herself.
We ended up buying one hottle of sikhye. (As shown, it's 3000won for one bottle.)


Lastly, at the end of the market alley,
we found the fruit store with vivid, luminous colors of fruits.

korean fruit

Mom bought some mandarines
I love mandarines, especially small sized one with thin peel,
that's usually sweeter than others.

I feel like I have already eaten 10 kgs of it this winter.
But I want to eat it more and more. I am crazy for a mandarine.
korean fruit

Mom also bought a few pears.
Pears ripens and get harvested in autumn, so it's not in season now.
Not in season means Very expensive. (1 pear :  upto 3,000won)
But it is one of food used in the ancestral rite at the  new year.
So, in spite of its high price, Korean buy pears every traditional holiday.
(I will handle this issue on another post later.)

korean fruit

Now, we are almost prepared for welcoming relatives.

BTW, Ladies and Gentlemen! Happy New Year!

2012/01/21  Korean Market : Farmers Market (with Video) in Busan, Korea

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Korean Market : Farmer's Market (with Video) in Busan, Korea

Sajik Farmers' Market in Busan, Korea

It’s 15 minutes walk from my home
It's 3 minutes walk from my elementary school.

I mean it’s very near.

15 years ago.

After school finished, I used to go to the market. But not to buy something. But to do something. Stepping in there, I became an adventurous explorer and started to study things. Clattering when coins coming and going, chattering of merchants and customers, clearing stuff on the stand, and bustling on everything. I enjoyed lively atmosphere there. I walked through the narrow path with water splashes on under the shadow of the weathered clothes over my head.

At the middle of the market, the snack bar was there. It often caught my way and I spent some of my pocket money on ddeokbokki and oden. It’s additional amusement eating hot street food standing beside unknown people, but all smile. Everything was so vivid. Food was alive. the merchant was alive. the unknown person beside me was alive. I was alive. After pleasing my taste-buds and my energy, I resumed my adventure again.



I went to Sajik farmers' market yesterday. Actually, I often go there. But not to buy something. But to do something. To recollect my memories in my childhood. And, for the same reason with the past, to feel brisk air in there.

On the way to the market, I was quite worried about the depression of traditional markets due to appearance of discount stores which huge enterprises own by its capital advantages. But, perhaps thanks to major holiday season in Korea, the situation was better than I thought. The atmosphere waves with numerous customers preparing for upcoming special dining.

So I could explore the market as if I became a little adventurer again.



Sajik market is called "traditional market"?!

In Korea, Most street markets include almost everything like farming products, sea food, furniture, fabrics, clothes, tools and etc. Of course, there are some specialized markets like Jagalchi fishers’ market and Dongdaemun clothes market. But usually, traditional markets carry almost all stuff that can be sold.

In this terms, Sajik should be called ‘Sajik street market’ or ‘Sajik traditional market’, since it sells a variety of categories. But for your better access by search engine, I called it ‘Sajik farmers’ market’ at its convenience.

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