12 of the many things to eat when in Myeongdong & famous restaurants to try

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Myeongdong is probably most famous for its endless sale of beauty products and long alleys of shopping boutiques. But for someone who stayed at Myeongdong for a week, I can say that there's more to Myeongdong than just being a shopping haven and a cosmetic stretch.

Part of the adventure in visiting Seoul is taking on a street food night out! If you want to have a taste of the finest Korean cuisines and their popular street food, then Myeongdong is the best place to experience a one of a kind food trip in Seoul. Yep, you read it right! A lot of South Korea's famous restaurants have a branch in Myeongdong, and I think all of Korea's street food can be found here too. I can't say it's the cheapest place to go food tripping but... it's the most convenient!

But given Korea's food culture, you should first get to know what you're buying and eating. Food here is expensive so you have to make every won count and of course, you don't want something too spicy for your taste buds or too blunt for a lunch, right? I, for one, didn't get the chance to try all of the street food since we were always on the go and a bit expensive for a snack. So, I just picked twelve of the many things to eat best when you happen to be in Myeongdong :) And by best I meant the bestseller and most popular ones!

12. Turkish Dundurma Ice cream

At first, I was hesitant to try this out since I really want to spend my money on a famous bingsu cafe but good thing I tried this out! It's one of my favorites! It's actually same the as the other ice cream but it's more chewy. I love how chewy it is AND the vendor is so HANDSOME (I cannot). 8/10!

11. Fruit Shakes

This fruit stalls around Myeongdong always catches my eye since it is so aesthetic and colorful. In addition, I'm a fruit lover so this has got to be one of the first things to try out! However, it's nothing special, just the usual taste of a fresh fruit shake. I just thought there's a taste difference between fruits in Manila and in Seoul just like how it is in Thailand and Manila. 7/10!

10. Strawberry Dessert

I happen to pass by a stall wherein the vendor's making these cute small sweets that is really intriguing. You know, everybody watches her make it and everyone's trying it out! It's a sticky mixture. probably like an uniced mochi, wrapped around a strawberry. 6/10!

9. Korean Dessert Cafe's Sulbing

This was the last photo I took before my camera ran out of batteries. Sorry for the not so aesthetic picture. But, this sulbing is number one in their best seller's list, and ultimately one of the best desserts I've tasted in my entire 19 years of existence. TRY. THIS. OUT. 

The Korean Dessert Cafe is most famous for its Sulbing, a snow iced dessert that is the same as Bingsu, only that it's base is made from crushed frozen milk rather than plain ice. This gives a richer and creamier flavour. The one I tried was Injeolmi Sulbing, which is KRW 13,000. There were also french toasts available there for KRW 4,500 and up. 8.5/10!

How to get here:
From Myeongdong Station Exit 8, turn left and walk straight.
You'll past by Shinhan Bank, continue for about 5-8 minutes until you see the cafe at the second floor of a building.

Address: 20 Myeongdong 10-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Contact number: +82 2 3401 7900
Store hours: 11:00 am to 10:00 pm
Website: http://sulbing.com

8. Fishcakes or Odeng

Literally one of the reasons why I want to go to Korea. I keep on seeing these fishcakes on korean dramas and I can't help but be curious as to why they all loved it. It's the cheapest street food you'll find around the area with just 500KRW per stick. I'd give it an 8/10, since it's delicious and there's a free soup too. :)

7. Korean Barbeque (Famous Resto in Myeongdong)

I won't let this Korea trip end without tasting the famous korean barbecue. In the Philippines, barbecue stands can be found almost anywhere just because we, Filipinos, love anything grilled for dinner and parties too. There are also a lot of korean barbecue restaurants in Manila, that's why we were really eager to try out the authentic dish.

 Though it is said to be one of the best to go to, this korean barbecue grill restaurant is expensive. I'd be honest though, a lot of blogs would tell you that Myeongdong is cheap and the like, but let's get real about it; it's a major tourist spot so food here, in particular, is expensive. 8.5/10!

6. Myeongdong Kyoja's Noodles and Dumplings

More than 40 years in business, Kyoja, one of the oldest noodle house in South Korea, has been one of the top recommended restaurants to try for quite some time now. Not only because of it's four decade legacy, but because it truly will leave you delighted. With only four dishes to offer, it really is something not to miss when in Seoul. The four dishes were the Bibimguksu Spicy Noodle Soup for KRW8,000, Kalguksu Chopped Noodle Soup for KRW8,000, Mandu Dumplings for KRW10,000 and Kongguksu Noodles in Cold Soybean Soup (only during summer season.) I'm so happy that there's two branches in Myeongdong and it's near our hotel. I have no idea if the seats will ran out when it's peak season, since we went here at 3:00 pm, and they have three floors of the building all for themselves.

How to get here: ( 2 branches)

Address: 33-4 2-ga, Myeongdong Jung-gu, Seoul
Contact number: +82 2 776 3424

How to get here:
From Myeongdong station Exit 8, turn left onto Myeongdong 10-gil road. Head straight for about 300 meters and you'll see it at your left. It's beside K-Guesthouse Hotel Myeongdong.

Address: 29, Myeongdong 10-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
Contact number: From Myeongdong station Exit 8, turn left in Myeongdong 10-gil Road. Go straight for about 180m, and you'll see Myeongdong Kyoja on your right.

5. Steamed Egg Muffins

This steaming hot egg muffin is everything you'd wish for on a cool autumn day. Koreans call it Gyeran Bang. In a sea of street food stalls, you could see these muffins smoking a delicious smell around its vicinity. Though I expected it to be sweet, it is a little bit salty in taste.  I love how moist it is though, and how the egg was cracked in the middle of the muffin. Some stalls sell it for 2,000KRW while others 3000KRW, so make sure to roam around first and check out their prices. Overall, I'd give it a 7.5/10.

4. Korean Sausages

 Part of the adventure list when in Seoul, is going streetfood hopping in Myeongdong, and, you can't just go home without tasting korean sausages! I presume Koreans love sausages this much since I saw a lot of sausage stands in Myeongdong, and all of which sells different kinds of sausages. Teriyaki sausages, sausages wrapped in seaweeds, bacon wrapped sausage, sausages stuffed with rice cake, and a lot more.  I prefer the one stick who has assorted chopped sausages in it since I was able to tase 4 kinds in one. Try it out! 7/10!

3. Congee House's Korean Porridge

For someone who grew up with congee as an all time favorite breakfast and snack, I am truly excited to taste the korean-drama-famous Korean Porridge or Juk. If you guys watch Boys over Flowers, then you probably were curious as I am as to how delicious Jan Di's Porridge delivery is!

You know the porridge is good when there's a long queue outside the porridge house, it's just 7:30 but there are a lot of people outside their store waiting for their turn. I'm used to the taste of chinese congee; plain and salty. That's why I'm really surprised that ground carrots, abalone, and kimchi goes well together on a porridge. I think the difference is that Korean porridge is stickier. Truly, it is tasty and one of a kind. 9/10!!

How to get here:
From Myeongdong Cathedral, walk straight facing the Myeongdong alley. You'll see the store at the 2nd floor of the building beside the cathedral's lot.

Address: 31, Myeongdong 8ga-gil, Jung-guSeoul

2. Chicken Dakgalbi

I never thought I'll love this spicy Korean chicken dish called Dak Galbi. It's a stir-fried marinated chicken in a red spicy sauce with cabbage. We were actually hesitant to try this out since Korea's definition of spicy is thrice our definition. We were really hungry back then, and actually searching for some good bowl of bibimbap or korean rice toppings. 

Good thing, there's no time left to search for another food place. One thing I regret about this dish though, is that not allowing the chef to put in melted cheese on top. At first, I thought it would make it less tasty but realized that it would really go best together. So jealous of the people beside our table who had cheese on their dakgalbi :( 9/10!

1. Cheesy Grilled Lobster

If I'll be given the chance to eat one last Korean street food, I'd pick this Grilled Cheese Lobster. Although it is expensive at 15,000KRW per piece, it tasted really great. Splashed with butter and topped with corn, this street food is something you won't regret spoiling your last won for. 

People also recommended the baked cheese scallops and the cheese ball shrimp but haven't had the chance to taste it. I wish I have a big budget to buy this one again next time. 10/10!

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