It is day 6 of my 100 Korean foods in 100 days challenge. If you haven’t been following my challenge journey, you can catch up here. On day six I decided to head over to Myeongdong to try some street food. It is always one of my favourite places to bring visitors as there is such an array of different foods available and lots of fun and less traditional ones too. Plus it is an awesome place to shop, just try and avoid weekends unless you love crowds.
My 7th food to try was the famous French Fry Hotdog – 핫도그 (3,000), despite being a huge fan of all things deep fried, and chips I have never actually eaten this baby. I grew up eating battered sausages but this one has never really enticed me. I was slightly put off when after paying for my sausage it was bunged in the microwave then re-deep fried, when I bit into it, it tasted old, like days old, the sausage was minging and even the batter was horrible. I had to throw it away. A good idea in theory and I’d imagine it would be edible if it was fresh and had a higher quality sausage, but as it doesn’t this was a real miss for me.
My 8th food was the very yummy Egg Bun – 계랑빵 (2,000), a classic Korean snack that you often find on the streets of seoul. They are cheap, yummy, and much sweeter than you would imagine, the bread is more cakey than bready. But they make a very nice snack.
My 9th food was Chicken Feet – 닭발 (5,000). I was dreading these, they have never appealed to me, and quite frankly they still don’t. I saw these on offer topped with cheese and just thought why not give it a try here rather than going to a speciality type restaurant where they would be more expensive. I thought since they were covered in cheese I might be alright, but I could barely keep one in a my mouth for two seconds. The texture was beyond grim and the sauce was insanely spicy. This is not a dish that I will be eating again anytime soon. See the video above for the full reaction!
To get the vile chicken feet taste out of my mouth, I had to pick something nice for my tenth food. I decided upon the Twisted Potato – 회오리감자 (3,000). Another famed and well photographed Korean street food. I often get these, as they taste pretty darn good. The swirls of deep fried potato are rolled in the flavour of your choice, I like the onion one but the BBQ one is also awesome too. It’s like a giant never ending potato chip, a must try when in Korea for sure.
10/100 Korean foods eaten, 93 days remain! What would you like to see me try next? Check out the list below.1.Samgyupsal 삼겹살 2.Bulgogi 불고기 3.Kalbi 갈비 4.Hanwoo Steak 한우 5.Smoked Duck 오리훈제 6.Raw Beef 육회 7.Fried Chicken 후라이드치킨 8.Dak Galbi 닭갈비 9.Bossam 보 10. Don Cass 돈까스 11.Kimchi Jiggae 김치찌개 12.Dwenjang Jjiggae 된장찌개 13.Sam Gae Tang 삼계탕 14.Hangover Soup 해장국 15.Dak Dori Tang 닭도리탕 16.Seaweed Soup 미역국 17.Tteok (New Year Soup) 떡국 18.Short Ribs 갈비찜 19.Tofu Soup 순두부찌개 20. Mandu Guk 만두국21.Bibimbab 비빔밥 22.Bokumbab 볶음밥 23.Nurungji 누룽지 24.Jjang Myeon 짜장면 25.Nangmyeon 냉면 26.Ramyeon 라면
27.Kimbab 김밥 28.Jap Chae 잡채 29.Kalguksu 칼국수 30.Jjimddaek 찜닭 31.Lotus Root 연근 32.Quails Egg 메츄리알 33.Kimchi 김치 34.White kimchi 백김치 35.Radish 깍두기 36.Cucumber 오이 37.Korean Eggplant 가지 38.Soft Tofu 순두부 39.Katnip (sauteed perilla) 깻잎 40.Mung Bean Sprouts 숙주 41.Dried Squid 오징어 42.Live Octopus 산낙지 43.Anchovi 멸치 44.Sashimi 회 45.Grilled Clam 조개구이 46.Yangnyeom Gejang 양념게장 47.Fishcake on a Stick 오뎅꼬치 48.Deep Fried Shrimp 새우튀김 49.Sea snails 소라 50.Sea Penis 개불 51.Pajeon 파전 52.Chicken Feet 닭발 53.Porridge 죽 54.Acorn Jelly 도토리욱 55.Pigs Trotters 족발 56.Dog Soup 보신탕 57.Gyeran Jjim 계란찜 58.Bindaetok 빈대떡 59.Bondegi 뻔데기 60.Sanjuk 산적 61.Tteokbokki 떡볶이 62.Mandu 만두 63.Croquette 고로게 64.Sundae 순대 65.Fried Tofu 두부부침 66.Yache Twigim 튀김 67.French Fry Hot Dog 핫도그 68.Twisted Potato 회오리감자 69.Meat on a Stick 꼬치 70.Egg Bread 계랑빵 71.Peppero 빼빼로 72.Shrimp Chips 새우칩 73.Tteokbokki snack 떡볶이과자 74.Honey Butter Chips 허니버터칲 75.Choco pie 초코파이 76.Steamed bun 호빵 77.Chestnuts 군밤 78.Jolly Pong 죠리퐁 79.Seaweed 김 80.Dried Persimmon 감말랭이 81.Soju 소주 82.Makgeoli 막걸리 83.Beer 맥주 84.Milkis 밀키스 85.Yuja Tea 유자차 86.Omijja Tea 오미지차 87.Hangover Drink 숙취해소음료 88.Rice Water 식혜 89.Ginseng 인삼쥬스 90.Aloe Vera Juice 알로에쥬스 91. Green tea 녹차 92.Bingsu 빙수 93.Hotcake 호떡94.Red bean 팥 95.Manjoo 만주 96.Rice cakes 떡 97.Fish waffle 붕어빵 98.Jeju Orange 한라봉 99.Dragon Beard Candy 꿀타래 100. Korean melon 참외
Myeongdong street food, is right in the middle of the shopping district. To get there take a train to Myeongdong station (line 4) and come out of exit 6. Walk straight along the street, there will be many different street food stalls, then at the end of the street turn left and there are even more. Its a great place to explore. The market is on everyday, but doesn’t really get started until 6pm, so save it for your evening.