Myeongdong Kyoja – A Must Try Korean Food in Seoul

I must admit that I never really love Korean foods before I went to Seoul. I mean I am not so interested to eat Korean foods at my city or when I travel abroad to another countries but it all change after I visit Seoul. I love Korean foods!! Yes, it’s true! ^_^ One of my favourite is Myeongdong Kyoja.

Myeongdong Kyoja

Korean foods have authentic taste and flavor with own heritage history that cannot be found at other foods. Kimchi(Fermented Korean side dish made of vegetables), Bibimbap (Mixed rice), Samgyetang(Ginseng chicken soup) and Korean BBQ has made me fell in love with Korean foods. The taste was very unique and original. I have just come back a few weeks ago and now I missed Seoul so much and want to come back there.

Myeongdong has been a great choice for tourists to taste Korean foods. Myeongdong has so many restaurants and street foods that filled with people until late midnight. The first place that I visited on my first day at Seoul was Myeongdong Kyoja. Has heard and read this place has good recommendation before that it attracted me so much. I even cannot wait to come here before I arrived Seoul.

Myeongdong Kyoja : Kalguksu or noodle soup

I walked around Myeongdong area for a while, got in and out from several cosmetic shops until my stomach started to sound “Gruuuhhhh”. I was so hungry then when I searched for Myeongdong Kyoja location. It was not hard to find.

My first impression of this place was good. The front door was crowded with long queue outside the restaurant but still it didn’t stop my intention to try the Kyoza here. Well, after waited for a few minutes, finally it’s my turn to got in. The waiting queue didn’t take too long time. It was cozy inside although all tables were full.

Myeongdong Kyoja Menu

Myeongdong Kyoja only served four dishes:

  • Kalguksu / noodle soup
  • Mandu / dumplings
  • Bibim guksu /spicy noodles
  • Kongguksu /noodles in cold soybean soup

I ordered two famous dishes here which were the dumplings and noodle soup. The dumplings were very juicy and has tender meat that melted once inside my mouth. One portion has many 10 dumplings which worth the price.

Myeongdong Kyoja

Myeongdong Kyoja Menu : Mandu or dumplings

I score the dumplings 9 out of 10. The noodle soup also very yummy. The soup was thick and has many minced meat was delicious.

They also served side dish for my order such as kimchi and free water that I can refill whenever I want. The kimchi side dish has unique deep authentic taste that was a bit spicy but I still could take it. The kimchi complete the whole dishes perfectly.

Free Kimchi from Myeongdong Kyoja

There was something unique from Korean restaurant at Seoul. There was a hidden little drawer beside the table to keep spoon,chopsticks and fork. At first I confused as could not find any eating utilities but after I searched everywhere, I found the hidden treasure. LOL…=D

To pay after having foods here was easy. I didn’t need to go to cashier. The auntie (ahjuma) that served my table from beginning would gave the bill to me and gave changes to my payment directly at my table. So, there were not any paying queue at all which was good system.

How to Get to Myeongdong Kyoja?

Myeongdong Kyoja

Myeongdong Kyoja Front Door Sign Board

To reach Myeongdong Kyoja, I went by metro subway. Headed to Myeongdong Station (just find Line 4 and out from Exit 8). After exit from subway station, just turn left to Myeongdong 10 Gil Road and then walk straight around awhile to arrive at restaurant on the right.

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Food Hunting at Myeongdong Street Food

On the first night upon my arrival at Seoul, I decided to go eat some Myeongdong street food which located at Myeongdong shopping street which is the most popular street food in Seoul to try some Korean Street Food.Tourists can find lots of delicious foods here until late midnight.

Myeongdong Street Food

myeongdong street food

Myeongdong Croissant Taiyaki

After walking around 2-3 minutes from Myeongdong station, I found there were so many street food stalls. It was very cold at that time. The winter weather was around minus 5 Celcius and I had difficulty to adjust myself with the cold itself as I did not get used to it.

myeongdong street food

Myeongdong Toppoki

The first Myeongdong street food that I ate at Myeongdong shopping street was the Toppoki ( hot and spicy rice cake). The Toppoki was served also along with Twigim (vegetables tempura). It tasted a bit sweet,middle-level spicy and salty with chewy a bit sticky texture at the same time but it was good. Toppoki is very famous around the Myeongdong Street food.

myeongdong street food

Myeongdong Honey Butter Garlic Shrimp

The mixture of many flavors. At first I didn’t get used to it but I can accept the taste at last. Usually Toppoki sellers also sell Odeng/Eomuk along with free hot soup offered to make buyers feel warm at cold weather.The Seoul Odeng or Eomuk only cost around 1,000 to 2,000 Won for one skewer.

You can also find the potato tornado stalls at the middle of the Myeongdong market which is very unique. It has the salty potato tastes and also famous around Myeongdong Street Food

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Myeongdong Tornado Potato

Myeongdong restaurants and street food stall are spreaded around the street to offer foods for hungry tourists. Choices are so many that will make people confused. There were some korean bbq seoul, sulbing myeongdong,etc

The street foods also attract worldwide tourists to come here to try.The food price here is different from one stall to another stall. The cheapest food cost 2,000 Won until some food may cost 5,000 to 15,000 Won (for grilled lobster).

myeongdong street food

Myeongdong Roast Lobster with Cheese

I captured some photographs from the Myeongdong street food stalls. All the sellers here were very friendly except there was one seller here who voiced her objection to get her picture when cooking by saying “Please,no photograph”. So I respect her and decide to quit taking her picture.

myeongdong street food

Myeongdong Pumpkin Soup

I try some foods here. Foods were hot, tasty and freshly prepared well. I bought fish cake roll with tomato sauce, grilled scallop, Gyeran-Bbang/Egg Steamed Bread,Tteok-bokki(Toppoki) and fried vegetables, pomegranate juice, and also Ttaek-Galbi meat balls with special sauce.

myeongdong street food

Myeongdong Fried Rice Cake Roll

I thought the Pomegranate juice was a bit overpriced, It cost around 5,000 Won, but because at time I was so thirsty after eating so many foods here, I didn’t think twice to buy the drink.

myeongdong street food

Myeongdong Pomegranate Juice

The last food that I purchased here was the famous self service long tall ice cream twist cone that only cost 2,000 Won with many flavor available. The ice cream tasted good. It was worth to try with affordable price and unique experience eating such tall height ice cream.LOL..

myeongdong street food

Myeongdong Tteok-Galbi Meatball

The Tteok-Galbi meatball tasted very yummy. The seller told me they had special sauce that was very delicious. I spread lot of the sauce into my meatball. After tasted that it was very good, I came back again to the stall to ask for additional sauce, the seller smiled at me and told me please just go ahead to put the sauce. I was shy a bit but thankful to the seller.

There was also a cute strawberry mochi stall here. The mochi packaging was very lovely and eye-catchy. The mochi price also very average.

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Myeongdong Strawberry Mochi

Myeongdong was very crowded with tourists although time showed it was almost midnight already. Not only food hunters that hang around here but also pretty ladies who looked for beauty cosmetics as Myeongdong shopping street also fulled of many famous brand cosmetics stores such as Etude, TonyMoly, Innisfree, and many more other branded cosmetics.

myeongdong street food

Myeongdong Egg Steamed Bread

The egg steamed bread/Gyeran-Bbang was very worth to give a try. It only cost 2,000 Won. The bread tasted sweet,creamy and fluffy texture with soft and moist egg yolk. I was eating my egg bun while enjoying my walk along Myeongdong shopping street with my eyes crawling the sight of many beauty products here. The egg bread would cause serious addiction during the cold weather.

Direction to enjoy Myeongdong street foods: Just stop at Myeong-dong Station (which is subway line 4) then exit 8.

See my next post on this Seoul travel guide blog.

First Time Arriving at Incheon Airport

After the airplane was landed at Incheon International Airport, I proceed directly to Seoul airport transfer from international arrivals to get to departure hall.

My arrival time at Seoul Airport was a little bit late from the schedule, and I was getting hungry so I tried to find some meals and found Krispy Kreme at the arrival.

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts & Coffee

After take a look of the Krispy Kreme menu, I decide to bought sugar and chocolate filling doughnuts. The chocolate doughnuts tasted yummy. The texture were soft and fluffy. It was not too sweet and has balance crunchy.

Granulated Glaze Sugar Doughnuts

Where to buy a sim card at Korea Airport?

Well, I headed to CU mini-market to buy sim card. At first, the kind young pretty lady that able to speaks good English help me to activate the messaging data planning but my sim mobile still cannot make a phone call.

After I told her, she helped me by calling to the travel sim cards call center to follow the instructions how to activate phone calling. After I waited for an hour sitting at bench in front of the CU Convenience Store, finally my sim card was able to make a phone call.

M Mobile Sim Card

I really thanked her and appreciate her help. She said it was okay and she was glad that she could help. How sweet she was. I am thankful to God that I met good people in the beginning of my trip to Korea. The phone card cost was almost the same with the price of Singapore sim card.

Winter Olympics PyeongChang 2018

At the Seoul South Korea Airport, thare were something that very eyes-cathing that was The 2018 Winter Olympics or PyeongChang 2018 will be held soon so there was a special promotion zones which were designed to introduce PyeongChang 2018 set up at Incheon Korea that I could see upon my flight arrivals. I managed to take several pictures but couldn’t get any closer as it was too crowded with may people having photographs there with couple or kids.

Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic at Icn Korea Airport

Purchase Tmoney Card

Before leaving Incheon International Airport, I searched for Seoul subway card which has important rule for transportation.

I purchased the TMoney cute card with design of famous Line Friends that can be used for bus,metro,taxi,Seoul City Tour Bus,Train,Toll and also to buy things from many Convenience Store such as CU, GS25, 7Eleven, Mini Stop, With Me and 365Plus.

T-Money Card

The TMoney card has similar usage such as EZLink Card at Singapore, Octopus Card at HongKong or Pasmo Card at Tokyo. I really like the design of the Tmoney card as it was really cute.

Incheon Airport Transportation

Airport transfer to Seoul city is very convenient with Arex Seoul. It was an express train which directly go to the city. And cost around 8000-10000 won per person.But because of I was very tired at that time, I decided not to take Arex Seoul.

Incheon Airport Bus

For Airport Transportation from Seoul Airport to my stay in the city, I took Airport Limousine Bus which was right on time, fast, clean and very convenient which stop directly in front of my stay. The bus ticket cost 14000 Won. It was a little bit expensive compare to Arex Seoul train but it worth the trip.

Bus Ticket from Incheon Airport

Bus Ticket from Incheon Airport

The driver (a young man who wore glasses) was very kind, he helped people to carry out heavy baggages and make sure nobody miss the bus stop by screaming all the bus stop names several times over and over again.

What a great service!!! ^_^

My bus ticket has a face of my K-pop idol: G-Dragon from Big Bang Boyband.Arrrghhh!!!Oppa.(づ。◕‿‿ ◕。)づ

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