Jeju and to be more precise, Haevichi Hotel and Resort is located near Pyoseong Beach. This is a very extremely nice place. However, public transportation is a pain. Don't bet on getting around on the bus. We hardly saw any. So we rented bicycles at the hotel for 5,000 won (RM15) each & that's good for up to 3 hours. However, the hotel staff was nice enough to let us use them for longer since there were nobody else around.
We cycled to this little pier which was just about 2 minutes from the hotel. We could have walked you know. But we didn't know it at that time. But anyway, we thought it'd be romantic.
We were taken upstairs where there was a panaromic window that stretched from the left to the right, giving us a wonderful view of the sea & the pier outside. As it was late into the afternoon, the restaurant was empty, except for the both of us. That's a tip. To avoid crowds in restaurants, go at the wierdest hours.
This was to be our first actual meal on Jeju island. We didn't really know what to expect cos the hotel staff couldn't tell us much about where to go. He just said everywhere is OK & that a seafood meal cost around 100,000 won (RM290) on average. We were wincing hard & at that point, we seriously thought we would be bankrupt at the end of the five days. But we had a secret weapon - credit card.
The set came with side dishes of all things that you can find inside a fish, and everything else outside of the fish.
Then came 2 different kinds of salad (raw fish salad and the plain soya salad) plus carrot & seaweed side dishes.
Then there was surprise - yummy clam porridge & seaweed soup.
At this point, we could have walked out & it would have been pretty ok to last us till dinner. But then the real thing came out. And every time the food came up the elevator shaft from the kitchen downstairs, there was a doorbell-like ring DING DONG. When we saw this, we were like "Oh... so this IS the assorted seafood. Right".
This was like the clam/shells set. We practically didn't know what we were eating but it was quite exciting. And as we were eating, our minds kept racing ahead & wondering if this was the main dish. We wouldn't know cos there was no point asking the waitress.
Do you know what it's like to be full? I think you do. It means there's no room for anything else. It means every single gaps that were there in between the food that has already gone down in your stomach has been filled up. It means that there's no room even for air.
And the train of food kept coming. I was beginning to be worried if they actually keep charging us for every dish that comes to the table until we tell them to stop.
Images of grandma & all the other grand aunties that kept shoving food onto our plates came flashing by. I think Koreans have stomachs even up their backs. No wonder it costs RM240.