Kwangjang market is the mecca of street food, the oldest market in South Korea, which opened in 1905.
The first market in South Korea is full of action, street vendors, and endless stalls. It has everything from mayak kimbap OR “cocaine” kimbap – so good you’ll be hooked!, to famous mung-bean pancakes. Locals and tourists come to the market to experience the daily hustle and bustle of Seoul, Korea.
This traditional market is known for fabric shopping during the day. But, at night it transforms into a meok-ja-gol-mok , which translates to “eating alley”. Kwan-jang Market comes to life with hundreds of food stalls and street food vendors.
One of the best ways to enjoy the market is to graze your way around, sampling mouth watering opportunities as they present themselves. The smell, the sound, and the look of the food is dazzling and you will be one happy clam in this food heaven.
Kwang-jang market is known for mung-bean pancakes, called nok-du-bin-dae-ddeok. These savory pancakes are made with ground mung beans, some vegetables, and meat bites. We decided to try one with seafood. It was soft and nutty on the inside, but nice and crunchy on the outside. It’s a must try when you visit Kwang-jang market.
Then we moved on to our next feast. Korean fermented rice wine, called mak-geol-li is the perfect companion for grub at the market. These spicy chicken feet, Korean blood sausage and pork head were just right for anju. Anju means side dish for drinking. Virtually, Koreans always eat anju when drinking.
With a full belly, we decided to roam around a nearby attraction, dong-dae-design-plaza. It used to be a sports stadium but has been recently turned into a stunning architectural space.
It was another wonderful day in Seoul Korea with amazing street food and scenery.
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In this episode, you’ll find:
- Lots of street food action
- Savory Korean pancakes
- Anju, (Korean side dishes for drinking)
- Seductive kimbap, (Korean seaweed roll)
- Bulgogi, (Korean beef BBQ)
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