Part 1 of my street food adventures took place over 3.5 years ago, and surprisingly, the only repeat I had this time was hotteok. Due to my odd schedule, the convenience store ended up being my best friend this time around, but I still enjoyed the odd street vendor (or, more often, subway vendor) fare.
I’ve had plenty of walnut cakes (호두과자) growing up, as my cousin worked at a bakery and her boss let her take the unsold ones home at the end of the day. However, I never had manjoo before, and as we were exiting Toseong station, the aroma of freshly baked pastries had my friend circling back with a couple bills in her hand. Continue reading Spotlight: Subway & Street Food, pt. 2
I hadn’t been planning on having Hanwoo during my trip here, as I knew it would be out of my budget, and barbeque restaurants with minimum orders aren’t really conducive to dining alone.
However, my friend was back in Seoul for one last night before flying back home, and we decided to meet up for dinner with a few other friends.
Two Plus Deungshim (투뿔등심 가로수길점)
Address: Menupan / Instagram / Mango Plate
Phone: 02-515-5712 Continue reading Two Plus Deungshim
Another Busan speciality is milmyeon. However, we didn’t really know that prior, and were just looking for a restaurant near Haeundae. After a morning walking around Haedong Yonggungsa, my friend chose milmyeon among the options I found, and we made our way down Gunam-ro.
Address: Mango Plate / Foursquare / Instagram
Phone: 051-747-8807 Continue reading Gome Milmyeon
After a whirlwind arrival in South Korea, I spent the entire evening traversing from one end to the other, and ended up in Busan just before 10pm. Due to the tight schedule and nonstop travelling, I was feeling under-the-weather and in the mood for some comforting food.
The next morning, I met up with a couple of friends who serendipitously happened to be in Busan for the next couple of days, and a suggestion of dwaeji gukbap (돼지국밥) was made.
Bonjeon Dwaeji Gukbap (본전돼지국밥)
Address: Trip Advisor / Mango Plate
Phone: 051-441-2946 Continue reading Bonjeon Dwaeji Gukbap
On my last day in Seoul, I had the morning free before I needed to head to the airport for my afternoon flight. My bunkmate also didn’t have plans before her evening flight, so we decided to grab lunch together.
Hong Chun Cheon Cheese Dakgalbi (홍춘천치즈닭갈비)
Address: Visit Seoul
Phone: 02-337-2825 Continue reading Hong Chun Cheon Cheese Dakgalbi
After spending the morning walking from Samcheongdong to Gwanghwamun, I finally found myself in the midst of Insadong, with my belly rumbling.
I still get a little intimidated about eating at restaurants alone. My determination to eat warm food overtook my hesitation to try and communicate in my very limited Korean, but despite being physically open, a couple of places said they wouldn’t be serving food until an hour later. After circling the area a few times, I found a restaurant that was open and served soups and stews, something I had been craving due to the chilly weather.
Insadong Tofu Village (인사동 두부마을)
Address: Foursquare / Menupan / Mango Plate
Phone: +82 2-735-9996 Continue reading Insadong Tofu Village
My friend and I decided to visit a temple early on our second morning in Busan. On our way there, we stopped at a convenience store inside the subway station for a convenient breakfast. While grabbing kimbap from the fridge, my eyes wandered past the sandwiches… and spotted the Inkigayo Sandwich. Continue reading Spotlight: Inkigayo Sandwich
Asides from the occasional hot dog vendor, street food in Toronto is pretty nonexistent. So I was ecstatic to be surrounded by a variety of food at all times of the day, and in all corners of Seoul.
Below is a list of my personal favourites of the many street foods I’ve tried.
What it is: Sugar and nuts/seeds fried in a pancake, ranges from 500 to 1000 won
Why you need to try it: Ranges from bread-like to mochi-like. Our favourite stand was the lady in front of Changdeokgung.
Egg Bread (계란빵)
What it is: A slightly sweet bread with an egg cracked on top, with a sprinkling of seeds
Why you need to try it: Breakfast in the palm of your hand. Or a nice snack. Or both. Continue reading Spotlight: Street Food in Seoul