Traditional KOREAN STREET FOOD Tour of Tongin Market...Davidsbeenhere
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Our fifth morning in South Korea continued at the Cheongwadae Sarangchae Museum, where the exhibits are all about modern-day Korea. There was a display of all of the Korean presidents from 1948 to 2017, which is called the Wall of Presidents. The first one served for 12 years! Below each president’s picture is a list of their accomplishments. It was fascinating!
In the next room was a bright display showing photos of the must-visit tourist spots in South Korea. There are lots of beautiful rural areas that neither of us knew about! Across from it was an interactive, multi-lingual map that has lots of information about locations around the country, including markets!
There was also a display about Korean street food! On the second floor is a special exhibit called Dear Korea, which is about the Democratic movement and the protests and stages that got Korea to where it is today. We learned about the Blue House!
Then, we walked to the Tongin Market, which dates back to 1941 and has 75 stalls and shops! I couldn’t wait to check it out. We only had 80 minutes to explore! It was a covered market that reminded me of Nishiki Market in Kyoto.
There were lots of fruits and vegetables and butchers selling meat. I even saw bakeries and seaweed! But we were looking for the street food and found some in the form of kimchi-jeon, which is a type of Korean pancake! It only cost us $1!
I love kimchi and pancakes and it did not disappoint! It was the most delicious pancake of all time! It was spicy and I loved the crunch and the moistness!
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Next, we found 20 types of kimchi and a long gimbap filled with vegetables. It costs 1,000 won for one, or about $1 each. They contain seaweed, rice, and vegetables like onion and carrot. It was very crunchy, with little rice, some pork or beef, and lots of yummy veggies. I loved how fresh and healthy it was!
Next was one of my favorite Korean street food dishes, tteok-bokki. They’re spicy, stir-fried rice cakes that are covered in a rich, red sauce. They were nice and chewy, with the consistency of a mochi, but not sweet. I could eat this all day! It cost 3,000 won, or a little under $3 USD.
Our next stop was to get some fried chicken with sweet and sour sauce. It looks spicy because the sauce is red, but it’s not at all. It tastes so fresh and was like organic popcorn chicken. I was in love with it! I would have loved some spice on it, but it was still amazing.
Then we had some oden, or hot pot, which is one of my favorite things to eat in China and Japan. This one was a spongy fish cake, which tasted a lot like fish balls. It cost only 500 won, or $0.50 for one! It was so good!
Next, I had a traditional rice drink called Sikhye, which has grains in the bottom and is similar to sugarcane juice. It costs 1,000 won, or about $1 USD. It was so refreshing and sweet and perfect on a hot day!
Next was hotteok, a Korean pancake with honey and pine nuts. It’s super hot and greasy. It was oozing out and so sweet. I’m a big honey guy, and the outside was crispy while the rest was soft. I loved it!
What an amazing traditional market! My favorite was the tteok-bokki. They were so fire!
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My name is David Hoffmann. For the last decade, I have been traveling around the world in search of unique culture, food, and history! Since starting David’s Been Here in 2008, I have traveled to over 1,000 destinations in 73 countries, which I welcome you to check out on my YouTube channel, travel blog, and social media sites.
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