Restaurants in Seoul: 작은공간 (Small Space)

작은공간 translates roughly to “small space” which is a pretty accurate description for this hole in the wall. They serve “quick tteokbokki” (즉석떡볶이) like Hoya, but it feels a lot less commercialized. I’m not a big fan of this style of tteokbokki, but my 2nd time here eating the black bean sauce (짜장) flavor made me more open to it. It can get quite busy, Continue reading “Restaurants in Seoul: 작은공간 (Small Space)”

Korean Foods Explained: What is Tteokbokki (떡볶이)?

Tteokbokki (떡볶이) is a spicy Korean “snack” food that uses thick rice noodles/cakes (떡) and a pepper sauced (고추장) as its base. Most tteokbokki is usually mixed with eomuk (어묵) which is a fish cake. The spiciness varies, but typically it is one of the spicier things you can eat in Korea. The type of rice cake also varies greatly with Seoul’s being typically skinny and other places have really thick ones. Continue reading “Korean Foods Explained: What is Tteokbokki (떡볶이)?”

Restaurants in Seoul: 호야즉석떡볶이(Hoya Quick Tteokbokki)

If you like tteokbokki (떡볶이), but want to spice it up with different flavors and ingredients, give Hoya (호야즉석떡볶이) a try! Hoya lets you customize your tteokbokki and cook it right in front of you in a hotpot. You can find this place near Sinchon Station (신촌역) by walking out of exit 3 towards the Uplex. It is literally across the street from the popular red tube structure. Continue reading “Restaurants in Seoul: 호야즉석떡볶이(Hoya Quick Tteokbokki)”

Seoul Cheap Eats: Mapo Mandu (마포만두)

Whenever I come across a dumpling shop with open windows and steam blowing everywhere, i just have to check it out. Mapo Mandu fit that bill and the prices were pretty cheap as well. They have multiple locations, but the one my friend and I went to was in front of the 2nd exit of the Daeheung Station (대흥역) Line 6. You can also find other locations through Seoul by typing (마포만두). Continue reading “Seoul Cheap Eats: Mapo Mandu (마포만두)”

Cheap Eats in Seoul: Jaws Tteokbokki (죠스 떡볶이)

I just came across this really awesome tteokbokki (떡볶이)chain, Jaws Tteokbokki, serving by far some of the best tteokbokki I’ve had from a chain(so far). I’ve been to a few chain restaurants including Pomato, only to be disappointed in their limp, watery tteokbokki. Luckily, I finally found this place! Continue reading “Cheap Eats in Seoul: Jaws Tteokbokki (죠스 떡볶이)”