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Ask any foreigner about the most popular Korean neighborhood, and you'll probably hear them say Myeongdong.
Myeongdong is a real buzzing place, but for shopping or meeting up with friends, local Koreans actually tend to avoid the neighborhood because it can get a little too crowded.
But that doesn't mean that there aren't any good local-approved food in Myeondong!
So today we're going to be giving you some recommendations on the must-eat places in Myeongdong.
Myeongdong Must-Eats: 1. Gobong Samegyetang
- Address：21 Myeondong 7-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
- Hours : 09:00 - 22:00
Samgyetang is a signature Korean dish that's loved by locals and foreigners alike. It's just good ole' chicken broth soup. That's probably why there are recently a lot of Samgyetang restaurants that advertise specifically to foreigners. But know this: the really good ones never advertise. They don't need to.
Gobong Samgyetang has been a local favorite for a long while now as they make their soup with only the best ingredients.
Samgyetang is a thing for hot summer days. The Korean proverb "Ee-yeol-chi-yeol" (Fight the heat with the heat, or, like cures like) comes from the tradition of eating a hot bowl of samgyetang on the hottest day of the year. This tradition stems from Koreans' belief that the herbs and nutrition from the samgyetang invigorates the body and helps them get through the stifling heat.
Gobong uses a variety of ingredients such as mushrooms, vegetables, mung beans, and other Korean herbs to make their broth. The broth is heated for hours on end so that it's extra thick and thoroughly satisfying.
Many people go to Myeongdong for shopping, and to shop, you need energy. A bowl of samgyetang would be an appropriate choice of meal before setting off on your shopping spree.
This restaurant is super busy during the lunch and dinner peak hours, so try to avoid these times on weekdays.
Myeongdong Must-Eats: 2. THE SIC-DDANG（더식당）
- Address : 36 Myeongdong 10-gil, Myeongdong 2-ga, Junggu, Seoul
- Hours : 11:00 - 23:00
THE SIC-DDANG(더식당) is packed with locals every week. They come for their most popular menu, the lobster set
It's quite expensive to get decent seafood in Seoul, but the Sic-ddang offers some great value sets. You can also get a 10% discount with Creatrip!
The Sic-ddang's lobster is inexpensive, but they don't falter in quality either. The lobster dishes are fresh and meaty.
It would typically cost around ₩100,000 in Korea to get enough lobster for a two-person meal.
At The Sic-ddang, the two-person menu is only ₩43,800, and the three-person menu ₩51,800. Considering that the set comes with other options from the menu, the prices are very affordable.
The set comes with a salad and your choice between mushroom noodles, gorgonzola pizza, octopus barbecue, or barbecue beef. All this and 10% off!
Myeongdong Must-Eats: 3. Miseong-Og
Address：54-5 Myeongdong 1-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul
It's tough to recommend Korean dishes to foreigners as a lot of the dishes might be too spicy and a bit too interesting.
But a consistent hit among many of my foreign friends is the Seolleongtang (설렁탕)! Seolleongtang is beef broth with thin slices of tender beef and vegetables.
Along with samgyetang, seolleongtang is another one of those nutritious, "health" foods. The thick milky soup is made by boiling beef bones for a day or more. Recently, some restaurants have started to use milk powder to shorten the cooking time.
The thick milky soup uses almost all parts of beef bones, including the head, leg bones, and internal organs. Seolleongtang contains beef, noodles, and rice. If cooked right, the broth should be a translucent grayish white color. If it's a little too white, it's possible that the restaurant added milk powder.
When I go out to eat seolleongtang, I try to avoid the places that artificially color their soup.
Miseong-Og only sells authentically boiled seolleongtang. It's been in business in Myeongdong for over 50 years, so I trust that statement. Also loved by many office workers that often stop by for lunch during the weekdays, I recommend Miseong-Og for those of you looing to try authentic Seolleongtang.
Myeongdong Must-Eats : 4. Hwatteok
- Address : 15 Myeongdong 4-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
- Hours : 11:00 - 22:00
There might be some that have never tried Hwatteok, but no one's been just once.
That's how good the Myeongdong Hwatteok is! This is a true personal recommendation. You can get both pizza and tteokbokki here!
They have all sorts of tteokboki flavors here with all sorts of extra ingredients added in. Not only is there tteokbokki, but they also have cold pastas and a variety of salads!
The tteokbokki comes with gorgonzola pizza. The pizza is simply amazing.
The cheesy pizza is a good neutralizer for the spicy tteokbokki, so even foreigners with a lower spice tolerance are good here.
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Myeongdong Must-Eats : 5. Ungteori Meats
- Location : 23 Myeongdong 4-gil, Myeongdong 2-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul
- Hours : 11:00 - 00:00
Pork belly is a popular Korean food pick.
Out of the countless pork belly restaurants in and around Seoul, Ungteori is pretty popular even among locals.
Ungteori is known for using only high-quality domestic meats rather than using frozen imported meats. The taste and quality reflect sure does reflect this!
Just look at the barbecuing meats and the dwenjangjjigae in the middle. Steals my heart away.
Its location in Myeongdong is super convenient as well, so anytime that I'm in Myeongdong shopping, I usually end up in Ungteori for some amazing pork belly.
The self-bar for green onions, lettuce, ssamjang, and other side dishes.
Make sure to stop by Ungteori when you're in Myeongdong!
Myeongdong Must-Eats: 6. Amiso
Address：5F, One Story Building, 53-1 Myeongdong 2-ga, Seoul
Many Myeongdong gourmet restaurants offer Korean dishes.
Amiso offers high-end traditional Korean course meal. With great reviews from hundreds of locals, although a bit pricey, Amiso offers a quality meal and is good value for money.
Here, you can try both char-grilled meat and traditional Korean dishes.
Make sure to order a stone pot rice as a side with your meal.
After finishing the softly cooked rice, hot water is poured onto the scorched rice stuck to the walls to make Soongnyung (숭늉). The hard rice becomes soft and you drink the entire thing as a type of tea.
Amiso is also famous for its "savory yellow dried fish" meal (20,000 won). If you are a group of two or more, you can choose between three course levels (25,000 won, 38,000 won, 58,000 won, respectively).
If you're on a budget, a la carte options are also available. The Chicken soup (13,000 Won) and Naengmyeon (Cold Noodles, 8,000 Won) are some popular choices.
Myeongdong Must-Eats: 7. Hadongkwan
Address：12 Myeondong 9-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
The turnout rate of Myeong-dong restaurants is extremely high. Businesses come and go every year.
But Hadongkwan has been in business in Myeongdong for over 70 years. It's a Korean favorite, and is gaining popularity among foreign visitors for their famous Galbitang. Hadongkwan only uses quality Korean beef, and the broth is cooked for a very long time. The radish kimchi that comes with the beef bone soup (galbitang) is also very good.
Make sure to try galbitang before leaving Myeongdong!
Hadongkwan uses three types of beef for its galbitang: namely the "bovine breast", "lean meat" and "cattle viscera."
You can choose which type of meat you'd like when you order the galbitang (12,000 won). There's also "special" galbitang (15,000 won), where you can choose up to two kinds of meat. Usually, the ordinary Galbitang contains lean meat, while the special Galbitang contains lean meat and beef viscera. If you don't want to get the internal organs, make sure to speak up when ordering.
The proper way to eat galbitang at Hadongkwan is to add a few spoonfuls of their famous radish kimchi soup. Or, if you want to get extra fancy, you can even request fresh eggs and add them to your Galbitang.
On weekdays, Hadongkwan is open from 7 am to 4 pm. The restaurant closes every first and third Sundays.
Myeongdong Must-Eats : 8. Mr.Cheese Dakgalbi Grill
- Address : 12 Myeongdong 9-gil, Seoul
- Hours : 11:00 to 23:00
Mr. Cheese Dakgalbi Grill is one of the best value places for dakgalbi (marinated chicken barbecue) in Korea, and is great for both people who love meat and for people who love seafood.
The dish is a mixture of rice cakes, noodles, squid, and chicken that comes with a generous serving of cheese on top. My mouth is watering just looking at the pictures
I personally love eating the cheesy galbi and squid in some perilla leaf!
Out of all the eateries at Myeongdong, Mr. Cheese Dakgalbi Grill is super Korean. The galbi comes with steamed eggs, which go wonderfully together.
Myeongdong Must-Eats : 9. Gangnam Myunok Myeongdong Branch
Address : 5F, Mirae Building, 48-2 Myeongdong 1-ga
Hours : 11:00 - 22:00
Gangnam Myunok is great for those looking for a proper Korean meal.
This is also the place where Seo-on and Seojoon, from the popular Korean TV program "Superman is Back," had their galbijjim.
Gangnam Myunok is known for their galbijjim and Hamheung nangmyun (cold noodles).
The gablijjim makes use of honey for that naturally sweet taste. They don't use MSG, sugar, or starch syrup.
The galbijjim is more friendly to foreign tastebuds, unlike most other strongly spicy Korean foods! You can also put rice in the marination/gravy left over after you're done with the meat.
Their other popular order, the Hamheung nangmyun. It's good, but I personally think there are better nangmyun restaurants out there.
Myeongdong Must-Eats: 10. Myeongdong Kyoja
Address : 29 Myeongdong 10-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
Hours : 10:30 - 21:30
Myeongdong Kyoja is already quite famous among foreign visitors, and has been a mainstay of Myeongdong since its opening in 1966.
Its quality, flavors, and popularity is so superb that it's actually been recognized by the Michelin Guide as "must-eat when in Korea."
The only description for these handmade dumplings is "perfection."
Note that the Myeongdong Kyoja's kimchi is super spicy; spicier than even what I could handle.
You can actually get unlimited refills of the noodles and rice. Just let one of the servers know, they'll make sure you'll walk out with a full stomach.
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