In this travel video we sample various kinds of cheap and delicious Korean street food (Pojangmacha = 포장마차) eating at random Korean street stalls located at Namdaemun Market (남대문시장) in Seoul, South Korea. The wonderful aroma and lure of the different Korean dishes kept us roaming around for hours.
Namdaemun Market is one of the top places in Seoul to sample Korean cuisine in an outdoor environment. With a plethora of different Korea foods to choose from you can literally wander around the maze of different alleys – that make up one of Seoul’s oldest markets – trying new Korean dishes to your heart’s content.
Korean street food ranges from sweet, spicy to savory including cooking techniques such as deep frying, boiling and grilling. Many of Korean snacks you buy on the street come in highly affordable bite sized portions allowing you the opportunity to sample many different kinds of Korean foods before your belly is full or your wallet is hurting.
Having the opportunity to watch skilled Korean street vendors prepare and serve the food to hungry customers is an experience not to be missed; we particular loved the demonstration where a Korean man transformed honey, malt and corn flour molding it into Korean rice cakes. This was more of a skilled performance than it was a cooking demonstration. We certainly have a lot of respect for the amount of time and effort it takes to perfect the art of making certain Korean treats.
The first Korean treat we sampled was a skewer full of various battered food objects including rice cakes, spicy hotdogs and lobster rolls. 떡
For only 1000 Korean won we had the opportunity to try one of our favorite snacks, Hotteok (호떡) , a Korean pancake filled with brown sugar, honey, peanuts, cinnamon and other sweet ingredients, that is especially popular during the fall and winter seasons to warm up on a frigid day.
One particular back-alley has more stalls than other section of the market; however, this area also tends to be a bit more expensive.
Overall Namdaemun market, as a historic part of Seoul, allows one to experience the hustle and bustle of life in Seoul with opportunities to go shopping for souvenirs and clothes while devouring yummy Korean snacks on the street.
It’s certainly an experience not to be missed while touring around Seoul.