goto content

  • sitemap
  • sign up
  • my page
  • visitkorea on Facebook
  • visitkorea on Twitter
  • visitkorea on YouTube
  • visitkorea on RSS


h1 Title
Share |


[Gourmet Restaurants Series 8] Sindangdong: the Street of Spicy Tteokbokki

 

Tteokbokki (rice-cakes in red-pepper sauce) is a typical Korean snack. The secret of its flavor lies in the harmony of chewy rice-cakes and spicy red pepper sauce. In Sindangdong, there are over 15 tteokbokki restaurants preparing it fresh, right on the spot. Besides rice-cakes, tteokbokki may also include fritters, dumplings, boiled eggs, fish cakes, and many others.
Preliminary Tips>
- The flavor of tteokbokki varies according to the ingredients, so take your choice. However, if you find it hard to choose, you can simply order from the standard menu.
- If tteokbokki is not enough to fill you up, order a bowl of steamed rice. Mixed with spicy tteokbokki sauce, the rice will stimulate your taste buds.
- Ingredients are also available as take-out for home cooking.- During October, the Sindangdong Tteokbokki Festival stages various events such as tteokbokki cooking, and song and dance competitions.
- After touring the Dongdaemun shopping area, you can satisfy your appetite with Sindangdong tteokbokki. Most of the restaurants are open 24 hours.

▒ Mabongnim Halmeoni Tteokbokki

Opened in 1953 by a woman known as Mabongnim, the restaurant takes pride in its 50-plus years of service. As Mabongnim gained popularity, other similar establishments opened nearby, and eventually, formed “tteokbokki street.” The elderly proprietor is well known, even starring in a red-pepper paste ad in the 1990s.
The secret of this restaurant’s tteokbokki lies in the fact that red pepper paste is mixed with Chinese soybean paste for a sweet and spicy taste. Adopted by other Sindangdong restaurants, the recipe is no longer a “secret.” Nevertheless, there is something special about this restaurant’s fare. At present, Mabongnim’s daughters-in-law are running the store.
TIP> The restaurant gets mixed reviews, but it is still recommended to those looking for unique flavor.
Restaurant Information>
☞ Business Hours: 9:00 am ~ 1:00 am (weekdays)
☞ Closed: Second and fourth Mondays of each month, Chinese New Year holidays, and Chuseok holidays
☞ Telephone: (02) 2232-8930
☞ Menu: Tteokbokki 10,000 won (serves two)/ 12,000 won (serves three)/ 17,000 won (serves four) 20,000 won (serves five)
☞ How to Get There: From Exit 8 of Sindang Station (Subway Line No. 2 or 6), proceed between a cosmetic store and fire station about 200 meters, until you reach the arched entry of the street. Walk under the arched sign into “Sindangdong Tteokbokki Town.” Look to your left and you will see the large restaurant sign with a picture of the elderly Mabongnim.

▒ I Love Sindangdong

In 2002, seven tteokbokki restaurants merged to form this mammoth restaurant.
The eating house serves not only Sindangdong style tteokbokki, but also unique menu items such as gungjung ttoekpokki (bulgogi added), cheese tteokbokki (mozzarella-stuffed rice-cakes), haemul (seafood) tteokbokki, and ultra-spicy nunmul (tear) tteokbokki, which is popular with young people.
Besides the menu, the restaurant offers a large video screen, live guitar performances, and a 1970s~80s-style DJ who plays LP records.
TIP> Live guitar performances at 7:00 pm, 9:00 pm, 11:00 pm, 1:00 am, and 3:00am. The DJ provides music from 5:00 pm until 4:00 am.
Restaurant Information>
☞ Business Hours: 24 hours
☞ Closed: First and third Mondays of each month, Chinese New Year holidays and Chuseok holidays
☞ Telephone: (02) 2232-7872
☞ Menu: Sindangdong tteokbokki 10,000 won/ gungjung tteokbokki 15,000 won/ cheese tteokbokki 15,000 won (all serve two)
☞ How to Get There: From Exit 8 of Sindang Station (Subway Line No. 2 or 6), proceed between a cosmetic store and fire station about 200 meters, until you reach the arched entry to the street, with a large sign on the archway, saying “Sindangdong Tteokbokki Town.” You’ll see the restaurant’s Korean/English sign to your right. It is opposite Mabongnim Halmeoni Tteokbokki.

▒ Jongjeom

Jongjeom has been open for 25 years. Initially, it was located at the end of Tteokbokki Street, which is how it earned the name Jongjeom, meaning ‘the end of the line.’ (Currently, several other restaurants have opened around Jeongjeom’s original location.) The restaurant serves Sindangdong-style tteokbokki, which combines red pepper paste and Chinese soybean paste to create this sweet and spicy fare. Another well-known specialty is dakpal (fried chicken feet seasoned with red pepper paste), which are especially popular among secondary school students.
TIP> If you order tteokbokki, soda is free.
Restaurant Information>
☞ Business Hours: 24 hours
☞ Closed: Second and fourth Wednesdays of each month, Chinese New Year holidays and Chuseok holidays
☞ Telephone: (02) 2234-3649
☞ Menu: tteokbokki 10,000 won (serves two)/ 12,000 won (serves three)/ 15,000 won (serves four)
☞ How to Get There: From Exit 8 of Sindang Station (Subway Line No. 2 or 6), proceed between a cosmetic store and fire station about 200 meters, until you reach the entrance marked by a sign to “Sindangdong Tteokbokki Town,” proceed about 100 meters, until you reach Jongjeom on your left.
▒ Map of Sindangdong Tteokbokki Town
* Above information may change after October 2009.
Date 10/08/2009



Quick Menu Quick Menu

Reservation