[KOREA] Top 10 Street Foods in Myeongdong

With the variety of street foods and vendors, where should you really spend your money when you’re walking down the streets of Myeongdong? After spending 4 nights in the area, at the expense of many clogged arteries and dollar bills, here are the top 10 street food in Myeongdong that are truly worth eating.

#1 Cheese Tteokbokki | ₩4000

Like kimchi, tteokbokki is a staple in Korean cuisine. To twist the traditional glutinous rice cakes to meet the everchanging demands of foodies, some of the vendors in Myeongdong add in blocks of cheese drizzled with sweet condensed milk instead of the standard spicy sauce.

#2 Sweet and Sour Chicken | ₩5000

One of the most worth-it street food in Myeongdong is this cup of fried chicken and tteokbokki coated in a savory sweet and sour sauce. The chicken remained crispy despite being doused in sauce.

#3 Eggbun | ₩2000

Even though it’s called an eggbun, this snack has more of a cakier consistency to it, making it taste very similar to an angel cake. With the addition of toasted sunflower seeds, almond and peanuts, which enhances its aroma, the eggbun is certainly an affordable night snack before going to bed after a long day.

#4 Baked Cheese Scallop | ₩10,000

One of the pricier street food in Myeongdong, the baked cheese scallop makes the top 10 list. Cooked perfectly, the fresh scallops have a nice chewy texture to it; it’s neither too soft nor springy. The feature of this street food though, is the infusion of the scallop juice with the saltiness of the cheddar and mozzarella, forming this seafood-flavored cheese coating for the scallops.

#5 Roasted Pork Belly | ₩4000

Cooked on high heat, followed by a finishing torch over the surface of the thinly sliced pork belly, this dish is by far my favorite street food in Myeongdong. The umami and spicy flavors, trapped in the slices, seeps onto your taste-buds, making you beg for more in every bite. While ₩4000 for a yakitori might seem a little expensive, you’ll beg to differ after trying this yourself.

#6 Jajangmyeon | ₩4000

Inspired by the Chinese’s zha jiang mian (炸酱面), the Korean street adaptation of this dish removed the minced meat (cries) and tweaked the flavor of the sauce. I highly recommend adding a few drops of chili in your noodles for that extra flavor boost!

#7 Cheese Patty Steak | ₩4000

Basically a more tender and juicier hamburger patty which comes in two different types of meat- beef and pork. You can add ketchup, teriyaki and cream cheese to enhance the flavors, but personally, I prefer eating it as it is.

#8 Japchae | ₩4000

Japchae, a popular dish in Korea, is basically stir-fried glass noodles with a variety of vegetables such as bean sprouts, carrots, onions and spring onions.

#9 Beef Steak | ₩7000

S$8 for a steak? Where else can you find such a deal besides the flurrying streets of Myeongdong. The cut used by the vendors is thinner compared to the steaks served in restaurant. And despite a lack of marbling, the slices of meat melts almost immediately in your mouth. Personally, I would ask the vendors to go easy on the sauces used to fully appreciate the natural flavors of the beef.

#10 Gimbap | ₩1000

The Korean variation of sushi, the Gimbap is essentially a roll of rice wrapped in a piece of seaweed, with a variety of fillings to choose from such bulgogi, spam, eggroe and crabsticks.

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