Myeongdong is well-known as the ultimate shopping district in Seoul. It is a famous shopping destination not only for foreign tourists but for the Korean locals as well. Shopping, skincare and cosmetics products, restaurants, street foods, souvenirs, etc., name it, it’s all in Myeongdong. That is why most people call it paradise for shopping and street food. There are many kinds of street foods in South Korea. Below is a list of Myeongdong street foods that I highly recommend and a must-eat food when you are visiting Myeongdong, Seoul.
Besides shopping, you can also enjoy the night market in Myeongdong. During the nighttime, the whole street is so colorful, push-carts are everywhere selling different kinds of street food. Feed yourself with a variety of street foods like Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Korean Egg Toast, Spiral-cut potato, Tteokbokki, Fishcake, Bungeoppang, Hotteok, Grilled Cheese, Korean BBQ, Korean Corndog or Gamja Hot Dog, Roasted Lobster with Cheese, Fruit Juices, Ice cream, and others.
Myeongdong Street Foods You Must Try:
Tteokbokki (떡볶이) – Stir-fried Rice Cake
Tteokbokki is a popular Korean food made from small-sized long, white, cylinder-shaped rice cakes called tteokmyeon (rice cake noodles) or commonly tteokbokki-tteok or tteokbokki rice cakes. The main ingredients of tteokbokki are rice cakes, fish cakes or eomuk, and chili paste. Some common ingredients paired with tteokbokki are boiled eggs, pan-fried dumplings or mandu, and scallions. It can be seasoned with spicy red chili paste (gochujang) or non-spicy soy sauce-based sauce (ganjang). However, the common or widely known is the one seasoned with spicy red chili paste. For all the K-drama or K-movie fans out there, this is not new to you. It is delicious despite the spiciness. You can easily buy tteokbokki in street stalls, snack bars as well as restaurants.
The cost per serving ranges from 2,000 to 4,000 Korean won. *But, the price varies depending on the vendor.
Odengguk (오뎅국) – Korean Fishcake Soup
Odeng is borrowed from the Japanese word ‘oden’, which is similar to ‘eomuk’. It is made up of ground whitefish and other ingredients such as carrots, onions, wheat flour, sugar, salt, and other additives. Odengguk is served on long skewers with the hot broth. It is usually sold from small carts and also served with a spicy soup. It is very common on the streets of South Korea. Some restaurants also include it in their menus. The cost ranges from 1,000 to 2,000 Korean won. This fishcake soup is one of my favorite comfort foods. Also, it is best partnered with tteokbokki. It is a perfect food to warm you up during cold and chilly weather.
Hotteok (호떡) – Korean Sweet Pancakes
Hotteok is a type of filled Korean pancake. The dough for hotteok is made from wheat flour, yeast, sugar, water, and milk. The dough is also filled with a sweet mixture. The common hotteok contains honey, brown sugar, cinnamon, chopped peanuts, or smashed red bean. However, the types of hotteok have been changing continuously and have developed many variations. You can also buy green tea hotteok, pizza hotteok, corn hotteok, and a lot more. Furthermore, hotteok is usually eaten and extremely popular during the winter season. During this season, you can easily spot a hotteok food cart on the streets. The cost ranges from 2,000 to 3,000 Korean won.
Gyeran ppang (계란빵) – Korean Egg Bread
Another popular street snack at Myeongdong street is the Korean egg bread or gyeran (egg) ppang (bread). It is a fluffy, oblong-shaped loaf of bread with a whole egg inside. It tastes sweet and savory and is also popular during the winter season. This is best eaten when it is warm. Korean egg bread is also one of my favorites. You should never miss this egg bread. It’s definitely delicious and definitely a must-try! The cost ranges from 1,000 to 2,000 Korean won.
Bungeoppang (붕어빵) – Korean Fish-shaped Bread
It is one of South Korea’s most famous winter street food. Bunggeoppang or carp bread is a fish-shaped pastry filled with sweetened red bean paste. The standard filling is red bean but, there are some bungeoppang filled with chocolate, pastry cream, pizza toppings, and others. During the winter season, you can easily find bungeoppang food carts on the streets. You will certainly enjoy this food especially when it is freshly baked and the filling is still hot. The cost ranges from 1,000 to 2,000 Korean won.
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Myeongdong Street Address:
Myeongdong-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea | 서울특별시 중구 명동길 (명동1가)
How to get there:
Take Seoul subway Line 4 and get off at Myeongdong Station. Then exit via Exit 5, 6, 7, or 8. Another way is, you may take Seoul subway line 2 and get off at Euljiro Station. Then exit via Exit 5 or 6 and walk for about 2 minutes to reach Myeongdong Street.