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Must-eat in Seoul

Say what you may, Asian food is best served authentic. We bring to you a must-eat dish from the most popular Asian food hubs in the world.

Here’s our must-eat while you’re in Seoul:

If you are on the streets of Seoul, don’t miss the Tteokbokki. To prepare this dish, glutinous rice cakes or Tteok are cooked with spicy red pepper paste and fish cakes to create a seriously chewy but satisfying dish. This spicy dish used to be considered a Korean royal court dish reserved for the king and royal family.

Before the 1950 Korean War, Tteok was served with soy sauce instead of chilli peppers and this dish was called Gungjung Tteokbokki. This soy sauce Tteokbokki was considered a Korean royal court dish reserved for the king and royal family. Chilli pepper paste (Gochujang) was introduced during the Joseon Dynasty during the Imjin War (Japanese invasion of Korea). It was due to the introduction of Gochujang during the Joseon Dynasty which gave rise to what is now known as the spicier Tteokbokki.

Must-eat in Seoul

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Nowadays Tteokbokki is found alongside other Korean dishes like Ramyeon, Gimbap, Sundae and Odeng on street corners all over Seoul. They are usually sold out of  Pojangmachas (street vendors) and also can be found in Bunsikjips (casual restaurants) which are popular with the after-work crowd.

If you want to go where the locals go for this delicious dish, head down to Sindang-dong Tteokbokki Town in Jung-gu. This street was first established in the 70s and is often considered the ‘go to destination for Tteokbokki’ for many locals, including students from the nearby high schools.

And if you find yourself having trouble deciding on which stall to order from, simply choose the one with the largest crowd. Or, if you need more help deciding, just ask the locals as Koreans are very friendly and always eager to share their favourite food tips.

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