Anyway, enough of the blabbering. We stayed at Woljeongni which was VERY far from the city, but quite close to some tourist spots. We woke up and left early the next day, however we had no idea that our place was 20-minute from the bus stop (since we took a taxi when we arrived from the airport) and that buses RARELY come!!! I thought it was same with Gyeongju wherein there was at least 15-minute duration when buses arrive but na-ah! We were at the bus stop by 9AM and was only able to see a bus to Jeju City after an hour! Imagine how bored we were then! I was tempted to talk to the old Korean couple sitting beside us, but decided to keep my mouth shut as the two of them were taking a nap (or maybe they were just closing their eyes?)
|a picture of the bus schedule that I took out of boredom. I did not even bother to “decipher” this as I had no idea yet of the names of the places in Jeju|
We arrived at the Intercity Bus Terminal after an hour – yup, that long. We were friggin' hungry and wanted to eat lots of meat. We looked for any restaurant that offer any samgyupsal, however we looked around the vicinity but there were nowhere to be found, instead they only had seafood in their menu! It’s not that I do not eat seafood, I wanted to eat meat for me to have energy for the afternoon. I was not really feeling psyched that day maybe because of the long wait we had before we were able to arrive at the bus terminal.
After 30 minutes or more of searching for meat joints, we finally settled in at a homey restaurant wherein lots of Jeju locals where dining in. We looked at the menu and of course, seafood. I ordered a safe dish, which I haven’t tried yet, but was recommended by the owner of the restaurant. He also introduced some seafood dishes to me but unfortunately I forgot the names. Our order came after 10 minutes.
I’d have to say, at first I thought the altang that I had was just so-so even though I have finished all of it. But now that I am writing this post, I admit that I love it!!! Oh yes, in bold letters and three exclamation marks! It was my first and last (as of writing) altang meal but I can still remember how it tasted, and can almost feel it in my mouth. The soup of altang was a flawless mix of spiciness – it’s spicy but not to the point wherein you would not be able to distinguish the taste of the soup. It’s like you can taste ‘sea’ in your mouth, but not in an icky and disgusting way. The ingredients were generous in amount – the noodles, the pollock roe, and the vegetables were perfectly cooked and I just loved munching on the roe.
My friend, however, did not like it at all. She did not even get to the half of her bowl which was a waste. I’d love to go back in time and finish those two bowls of altang. Yummy! However, one serving would be enough as you’d be really really full just by having the soup and Korean restaurants usually give one serving of rice with it so more reasons to make your belly bulge afterwards.
While eating, I decided to make an itinerary as we do not have yet any upon arriving Jeju. All the while, I thought I’d be able to make a detailed itinerary while in Korea, but failed. I will be doing a detailed post on planning itinerary not just for Jeju, but for our whole South Korea trip on my next posts.
Have you tried al-tang? How was it? And planning for your Jeju itinerary could sure be a lot of work, let me know in the comments section if you need any help with yours.