Trip To Seoul Part 2: STREET FOOD IN MYEONGDONG ミョンドンの屋台

★ STREET FOOD IN MYEONGDONG ミョンドンの屋台 ★ (日本語は英語の後に書いてありまーす!)

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Sorry for all the updates.)

If shopping and enjoying local street food are your goals, then Myeongdong is your destination.

While it bears a striking resemblance to Tokyo’s Harajuku and Takeshita Dori, Myeongdong is not known for it’s fashion as much as it is for it’s beauty and cosmetics: Skinfood, The Face Shop, Missha, Tony Moly, Nature Republic, Innisfree, Etude House, Holika Holika, and many more popular Korean brands will have multiple outlets lining the winding streets (yes, multiple outlets as in, different branches of the same brand will appear more than once along these roads!)

If you’re not interested in Korean brand cosmetics, that’s totally fine too, because in the evenings there are just as many food stalls lining the streets as there are stores, and this is a great place to experience some of the best of typical Korean street food:

11149367_1618012415100692_6405005583111364108_n Tteokbokki is a Korean style rice cake, similar to mochi, that is dipped in red chili sauce and sometimes served on a skewer. (I’ve also seen it in bowls.) If you’re not used to Korean spices, this will have a bit of a bite to it. I can’t finish one without my nose running and eyes watering up personally, but for some reason every time I come here, I still insist on eating them.

11150883_1618012388434028_2682071562949864652_nFruit stands are also insanely common in this area, selling both cut fruit, and freshly blended fresh juice. You can find lemonade, sugar cane juice, pomegranate juice, among other kinds of fresh juice. Considering the popularity and frequency of these stalls, it makes me wonder why smoothies and fresh fruits aren’t more accessible in Japan…?


My favorite street food, however, was definitely hotteok; a traditional Korean pancake filled with brown sugar and nuts. Normally served in the winter months, these hotteok are made-to-order, meaning they’re served fresh off the griddle (which is probably why they were serving them in coffee cups?) Hot, chewy, and sweet, I couldn’t get enough of these! I admit, I ate more than one.

Another interesting discovery was a Korean version of the Japanese traditional fish-shaped cake snack, “Taiyaki.” Korean taiyaki maintained the original fish shape, but instead of red bean paste or custard, it was filled with vanilla ice cream, and topped with a block of raw honeycomb. I didn’t even know you could eat honeycomb like that?

If you’re looking for some live entertainment, the NANTA theatre is located in Myeongdong as well, where the hit high-energy rhythm performance, “NANTA”, runs three times daily. We popped in as it started to rain outside and didn’t know what to expect, but it was entertaining. There’s hardly any dialogue, the acting is comically melodramatic and easy to understand, so there’s no need to worry about a language barrier when watching this show.

Myeongdong is also a good place to grab a massage or facial, although it’s definitely best to shop around and be wary of hidden costs when negotiating a deal–something I found much easier to do in Japanese.

You will be able to get by speaking English here, but if you can speak Japanese, you will be at bigger advantage. Many signs, attractions, and restaurant menus will have Japanese/Chinese translations underneath them, even if they don’t have English. Many merchants will specialize in one extra language, so if they can’t communicate well in English, they might have an easier time understanding Japanese, (and when all else fails, gestures!)

Good luck!








韓国風の「たいやき」もありました。笑 魚の形しているケーキの中に、バニラアイスをいれ、上に生の蜂の巣が乗っていました。今まで蜂の巣って食べ物だと意識しなかったのでこれは正直びっくりしました。






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