Tteokbooki (Spicy Rice Cake) is probably the first food that comes to mind when you think of Korean street food. Tteokbokki is pretty much the same everywhere you go, with a few twists and variations. Try these places to get the most out of your Korean street food experience. Excellent for a quick snack on the go.
1. Meokshidonna – 먹쉬돈나
This is the place to go if you want to try the original Tteokbokki recipe. There are several branches in Seoul, with Sinchon, Samcheondong, and Myeongdong being notable destinations for this dish. When most people think of Tteokbokki, they imagine eating it outside at a food stall on the street. However, at Meokshidonna, you can find a seat and eat comfortably. Get the fried rice after you finish the first dish. It’s a real crowd pleaser. The price ranges between 4,000 and 6,000 won per person.
2. Jopok Tteokbokki – 조폭 떡볶이
This restaurant is well-known and has been in business for over 20 years. In English, the term ‘jopok’ means gangster. The rumor is that this place was started by an ex-gangster, and as you can see from its 20+ years in business, it was a huge success and thus became a proper restaurant in turn. The menu is straightforward, but the food is delicious. Along with Tteokbokki, you can also try Odeng (fish cake) and Sundae (Korean sausage). Both are excellent. It’s a popular hangout in Hongdae, and it can get crowded around dinner time. Nothing on the menu costs more than 3,000won.
3. [Closed] Mimine – 미미네
In the Hongdae neighborhood, this is yet another popular Tteokbokki location. Fried dumplings, squid, seaweed rolls, and garlic stems are also available. The tteokbokki and deep-fried shrimp here are fantastic, and it’s what has made this place so popular. The fried shrimp are crisp and flavorful. Each piece costs 2,000won, but once you try one, you’ll be willing to pay more for more. From the moment you place your order at the counter, the food is prepared fresh. Take note that there are three different salts available (regular, garlic, and green laver). 1 piece of deep fried shrimp costs 2,000won, and 6 pieces cost only 10,000won. Tteokbokki is only 3,000won, but it comes with soup for a total of 3,500won. It’s definitely worth trying!
4. Apple House – 애플하우스
Last but not least some consider this to be the best tteokbokki spot in Seoul. This restaurant serves instant rice cake and instant ramen noodles. It also includes marinated and fried dumplings in a spicy sauce. The price is ridiculously low, and the location is well-known, so expect a line to form during peak hours. A portion costs 2,500won, and you can get 4 dumplings for 2,000won. Apple House is located in Banpo-dong.