Eating street food is one of the best things you can experience in Korea. And one of the best places to enjoy them is Myeongdong, a shopping area that is very popular among locals and foreigners alike. You can find plenty of street foods from typical ones that have a long history in Korea such as ‘Tteokbokki (spicy rice cake)‘ or Cup Chicken to the most trendiest ones like ‘Ddalgi (Strawberry) Mochi‘ and Rainbow Cotton Candy.
Check out our list of 2016’s top 10 street foods every traveler should try in Myeongdong.
2. Strawberry Mochi (Ddalgi-Mochi)
‘Mochi’ is a cute-looking Japanese-style rice cake filled with fresh strawberry and red bean custard. It looks very similar to ‘chapssalddeok‘, a Korean rice cake with red bean sauce inside (if you have ever seen one before, you know what we’re talking about).The chewy texture of the rice cake and a sweet and fresh strawberry go together very well!
3. Colorful Cotton Candy (Somsatang)
Say goodbye to ordinary cotton candies. Buy one of these Rainbow Cotton Candies and take a picture. It sure will look fantastic. Nowadays, they come in various shapes like the beautiful floral cotton candies in the picture on the right.
4. Strawberry Fondue (Ddalgi Fondue)
When you travel around Seoul, it is highly likely that you come across shops and stalls selling churros. In the past, they were sold only at select locations like movie theaters and amusement parks, but nowadays, they can be easily found in hot spots including Hongdae, Itaewon and of course, we cannot leave out Myeongdong. From plain, cream, chocolate to blueberry flavored churros, they come in a variety of flavors, so pick one according to your taste.
6. Bbopgi / Dalgona (Korean sweet candy)
‘Bbopgi‘, also known as ‘Dalgona’, is a Korean sweet candy made from melted sugar and baking soda. Long ago, it was very easy to find it on the street but it is difficult to find places that sell bbopgi, but luckily, you can find them in Myeongdong.
The name ‘bbopgi’ originated from the act of trimming off in order to make various shapes of candy. If the trimming is completed successfully without breaking the candy, you can get another free bbopgi, which makes it fun for both kids and adults. It costs 1,000 KRW.
7. Subak Juice (Watermelon Juice)
In Myeongdong, you can find many stalls that sell fruit juice and fruit sticks, but of all, you should try the 100% watermelon juice. This summertime favorite are just perfect when you want to quench your thirst.
8. Long Soft Ice Cream
Don’t miss this iconic ice cream in Myeongdong! It is about 30cm long. Be careful not drop it. Sometimes people accidentally drop it (how unlucky…).
9. Tornado Potato
Tornado Potato is a deep fried swirl-cut potato that wraps around a long stick. Once they are friend, they are rolled over cheese powder.
The original Tornado Potato has been around for quite some time, so try the new type, which has a sausage inside. Yummmm~
You can find tons of fried foods (fried shrimp, Korean hotdog, fried squid, fried crab, etc) around the streets of Myeongdong and they are just irresistible!
Now, if you have added these items on your food bucket list, go on a culinary adventure to Myeongdong to cross them off! Let’s see how many you have tried. 😉