Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Gizzards and More at Pyeonghwa Market

Gizzards and More at Pyeonghwa Market

By Peter Fish
November 2019

Since 1972 and its early start as the area that would become famous for the number of gizzards cooked each day. This all started when someone asked why the gizzards were being thrown away. Today it is a famous hotspot in Daegu.πŸ‘

The area is made up of several alleyways with over two dozen restaurants that specialize in chickenπŸ“ gizzards. They like to keep the mood happy and fun. We sadly visited on a somewhat dreary day. But, we did find the wall art a lot of fun. Who gets to hold hands with a giant squid?πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

I guess chickensπŸ“ have to take showersπŸ’¦ sometimes like we do.πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ We should have let the chicken have a little privacy.

The reason we visit several times a year is for the atmosphere and of course the tasty and reasonably priced foodπŸ˜‹πŸ΄. My wife and I enjoy the gizzards and my daughter prefers the different fried chickenπŸ—. The chicken can be just fried or served with a bbq sauce that has a little bit of heat in the flavor, fried chicken in a soy sauce-based sauce or fried chicken in a garlic sauce.

The gizzards can also be ordered with different sauces at most restaurants. While we were having dinner, a family came in and the owner just said “Hi!” to them and went straight to the computer screen and started adding things to their table order. The father walked over and said, “Let’s change the order today!” A sure sign of regular customers!πŸ‘πŸ‘



As I said earlier there are several alleyways and many restaurants to choose from. Many people in Korea will choose the place with the most customers. We wandered around and ended up at the place we regularly visit. It is a bit quieter and the service is always great.  So take a walk around and check out all the restaurants. Sunday is a holiday for many of the places so plan ahead.

 There are several signs like this scattered around the area. One time I went there with another foreigner. We snapped a photo of this and used it to place our order. Then the owner asked us in English what we wanted to drink!πŸ‘€  Haha!πŸ˜† Anyway, the main items are displayed in Korean, English, Japanese, and Chinese.  You may or may not need this but most people are happier when you try to speak their language. When in Korea, Do As The Koreans Do! (Or something like that!)πŸ‘Œ

Our order arrived and we all sort of stared at it. Then after a few seconds, we had all spotted the exact piece of chicken or gizzard that we wanted and the frenzy began!

My daughter loves fried chicken and a little sticky and savory sauce is never a bad choice.πŸ‘ They have an ample supply of wet towels. The table next to us brought a pack of wet wipes. They must have been regular visitors too.

I actually had to call it quits. There was too much for the three of us and we had to ask for the leftovers to be boxed to take home. No chicken was left behind!πŸ˜„

When we arrived, we noticed a sign on the wall that said if you “like” the Instagram account of the restaurant and posted a picture you could receive a soft drink as a gift!  Too easy!πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘Œ

The market is also quite often on different Stamp Courses. We finished the Daegu and Gyeongbuk Stamp Tour Trail a few weeks ago and this was one of the final stamps we got. It is on other stamp trails as well.πŸ‘†

Ok, some tips to help you out. There is parking near some restaurants and there is also some public parking. It is a bit tricky to get into depending on the direction you are coming from. I strongly suggest taking public transportation. You can get there by using any of the following buses: 156, 401, 524, 618, 708, 808, 937, 980, Dong Gu3, Palgong 1, Soon Hwan 2-1, or Gu Peng 1.

The servings are not small!  Order less and then add more items if you want to eat more. We were two adults and an 8-year-old. One serving of Chicken and two servings of gizzards and could not finish it all. 

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