Oct 19, 2013

Street Food in Hongdae

 <Street Food in Korea>

1. Tteokbokki 떡볶이

Rice Cakes in Hot Sauce

It looks really spicy, and it is quite spicy. :-)
You'll love this if you like to eat spicy food,
Rice cakes, fish cakes, and some vegetables
such as cabbage, onion, perilla leaves are in here.

The rice cakes are soooooo soft!  

This is called Sundae (순대) which can be a kind of sausages.

Usually, you can find this in any TTokbokki shop / restaurants.
Sundae is made by kneading together a seasoned mixture of
glutinous rice, bean curd, scallions, mung-bean sprouts,
and shiitake mushrooms and stuffing it into casings made of hog intestines,
which are then tied off at the ends and boiled.

Mini Kimbap (김밥)! It's similar as Japanese sushi.

It's yum if you dip them into the Tteokbokki sauce. :))
We love to eat Kimbap (the normal ones not the small ones),
especially when we go on a picnic!! :)
It's easy to carry and eat anywhere!
 we like to eat Kimbap
when we don't have much time to have a meal.
It's always
 quick and easy to eat Kimbap! :))
and it is a health food. :))

There are usually rice, spinach(or cucumber), ham, egg, pickled radish,
and some other ingredients in Kimbap.
There're Tuna Kimbap which is my favorite, Kimchi Kimbap,
Beef Kimbap, Cheese Kimbap, Anchovy Kimbap, and many others..

Fish cake skewer. :) (오뎅꼬치)
You deep this fish cake into a soy bean sauce. :-)
The soup of this fish cake is delicious!
It's good to drink it when you're eating spicy food!

Deep fried sweet potato, deep fried squid, deep fried vegetables, and more..


 2. Hodduk (Chinese Pancake) 호떡
These are pancakes stuffed with brown sugar

I love this!!!!!
So sweet and delicious!!! :-)
It's so popular, especially in winter. :))

  This is a normal Hodduk.

 This is a special kind of Hodduk called Japche Hodduk (잡채호떡).
Noodles and some vegetables are in


3. Chicken / Pork Skewer 닭꼬치

You usually can choose how spicy you want. :)
Be careful!
 veryyyy spicy if you choose the most spicy one.. Haha

4. Bbobkki (Korean Sugar Candy) 뽑기
It's only like.. less than 1,000 KRW for one.
You'll have a chance to cut this thing in shape of star or something,
and you'll get another free one if you succeed! :))

It's made of only sugar and baking powder. :))

5. Egg Bread 계란빵

Try this!
Just like egg pancake. :)

6. Fish Shaped Bread (?) 붕어빵

This is really really popular in winter!!!
I can say it tastes like a pancake...
but with some red(adzuki) bean paste.
Try this! You'll find out it's actually quite yum! :)

7. Roast Chest Nuts 군밤

These are roasted chest nuts!! :)
No sauce.. no sugar.. no salt.. just itself. It's so yum! :))
You can see many of these on the street in winter.


Oct 6, 2013

Ceramic Doll Cafe

’s Toy


This is a cafe where you can decorate the ceramic dolls with permanent pens.

Hundreds of ceramic dolls which all the previous customers decorated
are displayed everywhere..
Some are very cute, some are really ugly... Haha 
Many celebrities came here, and this cafe has been on many TV shows. :) 
It's very famous and popular now,
so you need to wait for a long time to get a seat here sometimes.
You can book a seat by phone on weekdays.

Usually, people draw their friend(who came here together)'s face on the doll...
so I think it's a good place for couples
as you need to keep looking at your girl friend/boy friend to draw identically. :-)

Some information on the photo above is changed..
You can't leave your ceramic toy which you decorated in the cafe anymore.
I guess there's no more room for them.. ㅋㅋ

Everyone needs to take the dolls to home, and it costs 15,000 KRW.

 You can choose the doll among all these colored dolls..
Also you can choose the smaller ones which can be used as pepper/salt pots.
All the dolls' prices are bit different.
You may need to pay little extra money for smaller ones.

These must have been done by some artist!!
So cute!!!

ㅋㅋㅋ So lovely!!!

There's a brochure in English.

You can check the instruction. :)

Once you take a seat, the shop keeper comes with all the stuff and explains what to do.

  There're many choices of colors, and you can erase it if you made a mistake.

 Need to make a rough sketch first on the tiny paper.

 That's how my friend looks. :))


I think I'm quite good at this!!! Haha...

You will be surprised when you see my friend's face! 
I've done so well!! :D

Haha.. Do you think so? :)

That's me in a miniature version...
Ha..... I don't think it looks like me... at all... haha.


* Business Hour: 11:30 AM ~ 9:30 PM

* Add: 서울시 마포구 서교동 344-6
           344-6, Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul

* How to get there?
  - It's just behind the Nes Cafe and Starbucks in front of Hongik University.
    Near Mapo Library.