A few weeks back we caught the subway to Nam-dae-mun markets. Every so often we like to go from place to place and sample all the different foods from the street stalls/ little shops. We got off at Hoehyeon Station, between exits 5 & 6 and found our first pit stop.
It was a little Kebab kitchen with plastic red seats lined up next to it. The Iraqi owner was very friendly and could speak both Korean and English. We got the chicken kebab with the lot and his spicy (very spicy 😀 ) sauce. I was too shy to take photos so I googled him just now and here is a snippet of his story http://irak.arte.tv/en/in-exile/abdulkareen-adnan-south-korea/.
This was our favourite for the night; it’d been too long since our last kebab. The wrap wasn’t dried out, the onion and lettuce was crisp and the chilli sauce was insane. It did have plastic cheese but real cheese is so hard to come by and expensive in Korea that it gets a pass. The kebabs cost between 4,000 and 4,500 won and have a falafel option too.
Next stop was Myeong-Dong명동 which we got to by following a group protest, demanding the resignation of President Park Geun-Hye, for the electoral rigging two years ago. Here’s an article about the protest http://thenewspro.org/?p=7884. Power to them and good luck.
Our first bites in Myeong-Dong were chicken skewers from a vendor. The cold night created the awesome steam effect and the smell drew us in. Spring onion and seasoned chicken thigh cubes are BBQ’d/ grilled then brushed with a sweet spicy sauce and sprinkled with salt. They’re perfect, hot and relatively cheap at 3,000 won a stick.
Myeong-Dong is famous as a shopping district in Seoul and over 1 million people pass through here, every single day! Make-up lovers adore this place, there’s roughly a thousand cosmetics stores alone and lots of cute clothes at cheap prices. http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SH/whereToShop/whereToShop.jsp?action=about&cid=995821. This site gives detailed info on Myeong-Dong and has lots of other useful info on everything to see and do in Korea.
Dak-galbi 닭갈비 ‘dak’ meaning chicken and ‘galbi’ meaning ribs, was next. We went to the chain, Yoongae which has over 130 stores both in Korea and overseas. In this Dak-galbi it had cabbage, onion, spring onion, rice cakes, marinated chicken thighs and a special gochujjang sauce. It’s cooked on a large hot plate set in the table, with a giant ring placed around it so your clothes don’t get flecks of sauce on them. Every time we picked up the spoon to stir, a waiter/waitress would rush over, whip it out of our hand and scrape away. They have a self-serve side dish bar filled with cabbage, kimchi and pickled radish, the service is good and they had awesome music… But I’ve had better. Review of the best Dak-galbi is here.
Thirty minutes and 16,000 won for two later, we waddled on out into the streets and had a look around. There are so many cute/ girly things in Korea!
We capped off the night with our last stop at the coffee shop, ‘A Twosome Place’. Although a little pricey, the location is perfect for people watching; it’s up on the second floor, the outside area looks over the intersection and no one ever sees you ogling and picking out the best dressed. It’s not as creepy as it sounds, I swear! Green tea latte for Bobby and mint tea for me. Cool looking tea bags right?
Do you like people watching and food crawls too?
Happy eating – Chan and Bob
회현역 6번 출구로 나와 남대문시장 쪽으로 걸었습니다. 특별히 뭘 산다기 보다는 제 와이프가 집에만 있는걸 너무 답답해 해서 나갈 수 밖에 없었죠. 저의 의지 따윈 상관 없습니다. 와이프님께서 가자면 미천한 저야 그냥 따를 뿐이지요. 그래서 제가 종종 와이프님께 종종 드리는 말이 있죠. “As you wish my lord.” 와이프님의 의견을 여쭙고난 저는 남대문으로 뫼시었고 마침 저녁시간에 맞춰 나간지라 출출하기도 하여 걷다보니 바로 보이는 케밥집, 참새가 방앗간을 그냥 지나칠 수 없듯 바로 걸음을 멈추었습니다. 이라크 분이 직접 운영하시는 곳이며 알아보니 꾀나 유명한 맛집이더군요. (케밥은 이라크가 원조라고 하시는데 어디가 원조든 맛만 좋으면 그만이지요.) 치킨케밥을 파시는데 매운맛과 아주 매운맛, 치즈가 들어간 것(4500원)과 안들어간 것(4000원)이 있습니다. 저희는 보통 매운맛을 골랐는데요 아주 매운맛을 안고르길 잘했습니다. 보통 매운맛이 저에겐 적당하더군요. 거기에 남대문시장에서 자주 볼수있는 천원짜리 식혜 한컵을 곁들이니 제 입맛엔 딱이었죠. 쉔텔이 식혜를 별로 좋아하지 않아서 한컵만 샀는데 저는 두세모금 밖에 마실수 없었던건 함정.. 많이 매웠나 보더군요. ㅋㅋㅋ
남대문시장을 둘러보고 명동으로 발걸음을 옮겼습니다. 명동 길거리 포장마차에서 닭꼬치하나씩 들고 참행복했었죠. 그러나 닭꼬치 하나만으로 만족할수 없었던 저희는 본격적인 피딩을 위해 유가네 닭갈비로 직행했습니다. 많은 체인점 수로 그 인기를 과시하는 유가네 닭갈비. 제 생각엔 평타는 치는 듯 하지만 엄청 맛있지는 않습니다. 그야말로 평균. 가격은 1인분에 8천원으로 저렴하더군요.
세번째 저녁식사를 마친 저희는 많은 일본인 관광객들을 지나치며 쇼핑을 하다가 A Twosome Place 커피샵으로 발걸음을 돌렸습니다. 이유는 2층 야외 좌석에 앉으면 명동의 많은 사람들을 구경할 수 있기 때문이죠. 그야말로 전망때문에 갔는데요, 자릿세 일까요? 커피가격은 매우 비싼 축 이었습니다. 하지만 그 자리에서 쉔텔과 같이 했던 시간은 많이 값진 순간이었습니다. 자리가 분위기를 만든달까.. 우리는 간만에 기억에 남는 데이트를 즐긴 듯 합니다.