Galchi is Jeju hairtail, a variety of fish. Galchi (hairtail fish in English) is a beautiful, silver, eel-like fish that is generally caught in Jeju’s waters during autumn. Galchie range from one (1) to three (3) feet long, they are only about as thick as the palm of a hand and only five (5) inches across. The eel-like fish has an amazing solid silver color. Galchi frequent the waters around Jeju in the autumn from August to December. They are also commonly fished and served in other regions of Korea, Jeju Galchi or Hairtail fish is found throughout Korea but Jeju Hairtail is regarded as the best and generally prefered, being the largest variety. Some of the Jeju specialties made from Galchi include: Galchiguk (hairtail soup with pumpkin and zucchini) and Galchihobakguk (boiled soup with fresh hairtail and pumpkin), Galchi jorim (a thick stew originating from the mainland featuring red pepper seasoning and radish) and Galchi gui (grilled fish with a dash of salt). Galchi is declared as one of the seven (7) wonders of the jeju kitchen for 2014; one of the 7 delectable foods from Jeju after surveys were conducted with both tourists and Korean citizens. Jeju refers to Jeju Island which is the largest island in South Korea and Jeju Province is one of the nine provinces of South Korea. The province is situated on the nation's largest island of Jeju.

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