Posts Tagged fish

Fish are Eating My Feet! Nom Nom!

I have always wanted to visit one of those strange cafes that have tanks of fish you put your feet into.  Before coming to Korea, I saw them online and thought it would be fun.  After 11 months, I finally made the trip.

Tiny fish nibble dead skin off your feet.  Sounds weird, but feels even weirder.

These cafe/spas are found throughout Southeast Asia.  Special kinds of fish eat only the dead skin, leaving healthy skin to grow.  Sometimes these fish are called Nibble Fish but commonly are called Doctor Fish. A franchise here in Korea even calls itself the Dr. Fish cafe.

Step 1:

Wash your feet.

Step 2:

Put feet into the tub of fish.

Step 3:

Wait…as fish eat your feet. Nom nom nom. Okay, not actually your feet, just the dead skin on your feet.

The fish tickle your feet as they nibble, but not to the point of actual laughter.  More like a bit of the ‘pins and needles’ sensation.  Sometimes my foot was completely covered in tiny fish; but most time, was more like 6 or 7 fish.  Overall, the experience was pleasant if weird.

Dr. Fish… success.    :smile:

This cafe in Beomgye was super cheap.  For 20 minutes of fish-time we paid a little less than $2.  Plus, they brought us free cokes.  How awesome!

I have heard that Dr. Fish cafes are all over Korea, but I haven’t seen very many.  Sanbon has one of these cafes, but all the fish died (must be dirty foreigner feet). They never replenished their fish supply.  Don’t really understand that one… considering the cafe is called the Dr. Fish Cafe.

Other than nibbling fish, the cafe offered a great selection of coffee and baked goods.

I have never put videos on my blog before… so I hope this works.  The bright red toenails are mine!

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I Love Fish Markets

I am like a little kid in a candy store when it comes to open markets. Everything fascinates me and I could spend all day there. Nampo-dong had a giant fish market. It was down the street from our hotel, and very close to the subway stop. We got to see some weird fish, people gutting and hanging fish up to dry, and if I didn’t know any better I’d think there were no more fish left in the ocean after seeing the vast amount of fish in this place.

A giant group of French speaking tourists were walking around… it made me laugh because I understood more of their conversations than I did the other Koreans in the market.

We had lunch in the market too. Seth wanted to try a whole grilled fish. To my surprise, it was the best fish I have ever eaten.

Our lunch... and yes theres a fish head  :-)

Our lunch... and yes there's a fish head :-)

It may look gross, but don’t let the appearance fool ya… that fish was tasty.  I don’t like that about much seafood either, but this really was good.  A very short woman was standing outside of this random fish booth (like about 100 other booths) and held up her hand and said that a grilled fish was only 5,000 Won. (obviously, she said this in Korean)  Seth grabbed my arm and we went inside.  I’m not sure of what the spices were on the outside of the fish, but it was just thrown on an open grill… that’s it.  Nothing fancy at all.

This was the aftermath:

Lunch was Yummy.

Lunch was Yummy.

The red stuff was hotsauce… in case you were wondering.

Now our next plan is to grill an entire fish at home… I think it can be done.

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Haeundae Aquarium on the Beach in Busan

Our first day in Busan we went to Haeundae Beach.  We both love aquariums and couldn’t resist checking this one out.  It was the weirdest… most amazing aquarium I’ve ever seen.

The shark tank was a bit scary. There were maybe 8 huge sharks that kept coming up to the glass… I was only a few inches away from Jaws!! Every time I turned around and one of those monsters was behind me, I jumped a bit. Some of the fish were the size of small cars… it was wild.

It amazes me how different the fish are on this side of the world.

The aquarium had a funny theme… they used fish to imitate famous works of art.

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