Sindang Tteokbokki Town

Sindang Tteokbokki Town (신당 떡볶이 타운) is the place where the residents of Seoul go to satisfy their cravings for tteokbokki, the ultimate in Korean street food. For the uninitiated, tteokbokki is a kind of rice cake that is cooked until fairly soft inside a spicy sauce, which is made of chili paste, fish cakes, and whatever else the cook feels like using. Running the gamut from thick and creamy to watery in texture, every middle-aged Korean lady that takes charge of a food stall has her own way of cooking the ubiquitous dish.

 

One of the most well-known of Korea’s culinary exports, Seoul’s Sindang area has an entire street dedicated to tteokbokki.

 

tteokbokki topokki

This sign stops about halfway through the line 2 area of Sindang station, as do all signs pointing towards the area’s most popular place…not exactly helpful…

 

After our mind-clearing walk along the Han River, Gil Dong and I decided to head to Sindang to enjoy some of the neighbourhood’s famous tteokbokki for lunch, before catching our bus back to Daejeon. Sindang subway stop is located on lines number 2 and 6. For the sake of simplicity, coming from line 6 is better, as you can go directly out of gate 8. If you take line 2, you have to exit at gate 4, then find gate 8 – which isn’t as simple as it should be. If you’re unfamiliar with the area, it’s probably best to check out a map before you go.

 

Sindang Tteokbokki Town 신당 떡볶이 타운

The street of spicy joy.

 

As soon as you find Sindang Tteokbokki Town, you’ll come across a load of rather friendly touts trying to get you inside their restaurant. Gil Dong directed us to Mabongnim (마복림), the most famous of the tteokbokki restaurants. We were faced with a long queue when we got inside, but had to wait no more than three minutes. Tteokbokki isn’t the kind of food you linger over – it’s very much an eat it and then leave kind of scenario, so everything moves pretty quickly.

 

마복림 떡볶이 Mabongnim Tteokbokki

Busy busy busy! I’m sure you’d get bitch-slapped out of the place by the middle-aged ladies running the shop if you stuck around for too long in lunch hour.

 

We ordered the standard set, which includes tteokbokki, ramen, a couple of hard-boiled eggs, some mandu (Korean fried dumplings) and odeng (Korean fish cakes). The melange was brought to us in a giant pan, which we then cooked for about ten minutes or so until the sauce thickened and the ramen softened up.

 

떡볶이 tteokbokki in Sindang

I swear, the way that Koreans bring pre-cooked food to the table is like some kind of torturous test to super hungry diners.

 

Sexy Apron Ddeokbokki Time

However you can endure the hardships by making sexy nipple rubbing poses with your apron, which you shall no doubt be needing. Also, apparently this is my sexy face when hungover with flat hat hair. Seduced yet?

 

cooking tteokbokki

Tteokbokki bubbling! Like that song by boy band Blue, Bubblin’. Does anybody remember them?

 

The whole meal came to 10,000 won (around $10) and was enough to feed the two of us. Was it the best tteokbokki I’ve ever had? No, probably not, but it was definitely delicious and a must-visit for any foodie in Seoul looking to get down with the local cuisine, and a perfect way to warm up on a chilly winter’s day.

 

So there you have it folks! Now, I want to hear from you! Have you ever been to Sindang Tteokbokki Town before? If so, what did you think? Are you a fan of tteokbokki, or have you yet to try it? Let us know in the comments below, or shout out on Facebook or Twitter.

20 Responses to Sindang Tteokbokki Town

  1. Scarlett says:

    You’re absolutely rocking that apron Tom. Anything with noodles is good for me!! xx
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    • What if I told you the apron was backless? Kinky.

      OK so it blatantly wasn’t.

      And YES, Korean ramen is sexy! You can actually get Korean ramen in ASDA! Or at least you can in the Harrogate branch. LOVE.

  2. Katrina says:

    Oh, man. Why did this have to be the first thing I read this morning? I haven’t woken up enough to be hungry and now I’m famished. And on the wrong continent. I needs must content myself with …potatoes.
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  3. Lane says:

    We were recently introduced to Vietnamese food (amazing!) and will need to start seeking out Korean.
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  4. Something to add to my list of “Things to do when I visit Korea.”
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  5. Emily McGee says:

    You know what I like even more than your sexy nipple rubbing pose in the apron? The moose print shirt underneath. Also, ramen noodles. I love ramen noodles, even more than sexy nipple rubbing poses. Your food looks delicious!
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  6. Jackie D says:

    I agree with Emily above me, that sweater is really damn cool. And that food looks amazing — I wish it had been in the cards for me to visit Seoul this year, there are so many of you bloggers over there that I’d love to meet in person!
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  7. Tok says:

    One of my most favorite foods. I live in Seoul and still have not gone there. Great savory pics too.
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  13. Joepster says:

    This is making me so excited to visit! Are you still in Korea? Planning a trip Dec 5-8! It’s a super quick stop and would love to hunt all this food down!!!

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