Seoul Food Diaries: Myeongdong Food (Summer)

Besides being a popular destination for shopping, Myeongdong 명동 is also well known for its array of street food. However, did you know that the types of (street) food vary depending on the season? Though some types of food are perennial, others inch their way and gain popularity during summer. We bring you some of these in this post – so be prepared to feast your eyes! 🙂

#1 Gyeran-bbang 계란빵 (Egg bread): This street snack has become increasingly popular in recent years because it is both simple and tasty. As its name suggests, it is a delightful blend of egg cooked on top of a special bread which has a muffin-like consistency. It is served piping hot, but works on a hot summer’s eve just as well because it is just so fragrant and tasty! Plus, the bread is light and fluffy and not too heavy on the tummy – perfect for a light snack at night as you shop along the busy streets of Myeongdong 🙂

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#2 Hwe-oh-ri Gamja 회오리 감자 (Tornado Potato) and Hwe-oh-ri Soseiji Gamja 회오리 소세지 감자 (Sausage Tornado Potato): This extremely popular street snack is a novel twist (pun intended, haha) to your traditional french fries. It is a never ending strip of deep fried potato curled around a stick, thus earning its name ‘Tornado Potato’. There is also another variant which comes with a sausage, with the potato wrapped around it tornado-style. This is a must-try snack if you love all things potato! After all, summer nights are great for french fries, too! 😀

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#3 Rabsuto Gu-i 랍스터 구이 (Grilled lobster): A new kid on the block, the traditional grilled lobster comes with a new look – it is topped with melted cheese. If you love seafood and you are a cheese lover, this street snack is a must try. You can smell the grilled lobster from a distance away! The fresh lobsters are grilled right in front of you, before a generous serving of cheese is added to them. Guaranteed to leave your taste buds extremely satisfied and wanting more!

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#4 Gunbam 군밤 (Roasted Chestnut) and Oksusu 옥수수 (Corn): Koreans are well-known for being health conscious, and when it comes to street snacks, healthy options such as roasted chestnut and corn are very popular amongst them too. An all-time favourite, roasted chestnuts and corn have been around for longer than we can remember. Although they may look somewhat less appetising than their elaborately seasoned counterparts, believe us when we say they are roasted to perfection and are absolutely tasty and worth trying! This is a great way to snack without piling on the extra pounds – and an awesome opportunity to snack like a true blue Korean! 😉

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#5 Ice cream 아이스크림: This needs no further introduction – it is summer, it is hot, we need something cold and refreshing! And Koreans are just so good at turning the usual ice cream into something as fancy as this! Check out the two-flavour rose petal ice-cream that Myeongdong is well-known for. You get your sugar rush in an aesthetically pleasing cone – almost too pretty to eat! Check out the variations in the picture below 🙂

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And… if you are all tired out and need somewhere to sit and relax, treat yourself to Korea’s best known summer dessert – Bingsoo 빙수! Bingsoo is a popular Korean shaved ice dessert that is topped with condensed milk, chopped fruit and other sweet toppings of your choice. For this dessert, we highly recommend checking out Sulbing 설빙, a dessert cafe chain that specialises in Bingsoo.  It is conveniently located in the heart of Myeongdong, on the second level, above  Etude House.

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The cafe is pretty spacious, but is always packed. If you get the chance and are lucky enough, try getting a seat by the balcony so that you can admire the busy streets of Myeongdong and watch passers-by below!

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While there are the traditional favourites such as Patbingsu 팥빙수 (Red bean bingsoo), Sulbing’s seasonal menu is worth trying too. Summer is a great time to try Mango Bingsoo, as the tropical seasonal fruit becomes available in Korea.

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The serving was generous, with whipped cream and a slab of special butter that went extremely well with the shaved ice. The sweetness level was just right and it was exactly what we needed on a hot summer’s night!

Verdict:
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Sulbing 설빙
Add: 20 Myeongdong 10-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul (Myeongdong 2(i)-ga)
Directions: Take the subway to Myeongdong Station (Line 4), Exit 8. Upon exiting the station, turn left onto Myeongdong 10-gil. Walk past Shinhan bank and soon you will spot the cafe on the second floor.

 

*This is a non-sponsored post. 

xoxo,
The Bears
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