In which we look at a night in colourful Myeongdong, and an equally impressive Korean hotpot, Jajang Tteokbokki.
Myeongdong is even more crowded in the night than it is in the day – more people get off work, travellers generally leave shopping to the evenings, less sunny, etc. It is just natural to the human species that retail and F&B only get into full swing in the evenings (except Sundays ;)). More roadside carts selling street food pull onto the streets starting from the late afternoon. The neon signs on display add a lot of colour and ambiance to the night.
My advice is to visit in the evening for the full experience. However if you want some quality time shopping and enjoying the streets with significantly less jostling in a crowd, set an early afternoon aside for Myeongdong.
It’ll be remiss of me not to include some images of the food I had. This is not a food blog, so I will leave most of the boring details out and “say it with pictures”. Jajang Tteokbokki, which in simple terms is a form of sweet and spicy (not that spicy really) Korean hotpot. Noodle, spaghetti, sausages, luncheon meat, vegetables, spices, fried dumplings, tofu, plus stuff I can’t quite recall now. A wonderful culinary experience and the best meal I had on this trip. But watch out for the calories!
As a finisher, we put in rice with sea weed into the pot to soak up the remaining juicy goodness to produce this.
The outlet is named “Red Sun”, and is popular enough to be mentioned on many travel blogs. Just do an internet search for it if you are interested to drop by.
I’ll be doing a bit of work-related travel soon so this blog should fall silent for a week. More on Seoul when I get back – WY