We all know Asians love to eat and in Seoul it was nothing different. Everywhere we walked there was a food stall, coffee and pastry shop, bakery, restaurant or even people dressed as something food related like a shrimp or dumpling… (I think this was for restaurant promotion).
We visited two of the many food markets in Seoul, Noryangjin Fish Market and Gwangjang Market, a Korean 'comfort food' market. The fish market was huge and what I really loved was that visitors could buy fresh fish and let it slice into sashimi to eat at home or take it upstairs where many restaurants where located. There they will cook the fish in any style you like; they prepare it as a spicy fish stew, roasted fish or fry it. Served with rice and fresh, local vegetables.
Gwangjang market is a little more diverse; you can find all kinds of things here like home furnishings, bedding, yedan (wedding presents given by the bride to the groom's family), hanbok (traditional Korean attire), silk, etc. I was more interested in the traditional Korean street food.
Bindaetteok (mung bean pancakes), bibimbap (mixed rice) and hotteok (pancakes with brown sugar filling) are the market's specialties. The bindaetteok in particular is a must-eat dish at this market. Mung beans are soaked and then ground in between millstones into a batter, and fried up with vegetables or chopped meat (beef or pork). Another dish that cannot be missed is bibimbap. Bibimbap is a popular Korean dish, a bowl of rice topped with vegetables, meat and gochujang (chilli paste). All of the ingredients are mixed together before eating.
We also tried some fresh dumpling soup, with homemade noodles.
I had such a yummy time in Seoul. Take me back… x