Our second day in Seoul involved a lot of walking, and by the transitive property of walking, a lot of snacks.  Luckily, the areas we visited were not only shopping-heavy, but also street-food-heavy.

First, in Insadong, the single best sweet we had in Seoul, a hotteok, a fresh-fried sugar-peanut-sesame donut:

House of Haos Hotteok Insadong Seoul Korea Brown Sugar Peanut Sesame Donuts 2 House of Haos Hotteok Insadong Seoul Korea Brown Sugar Peanut Sesame Donuts 3 House of Haos Hotteok Insadong Seoul Korea Brown Sugar Peanut Sesame Donuts 4 House of Haos Hotteok Insadong Seoul Korea Brown Sugar Peanut Sesame Donuts 5We were coming from lunch, but I still could’ve had many, many more of these.

In a fit of nostalgia about all the dried cuttlefish I used to buy from Chinese grocery stores, I picked up some that was freshly toasted:

House of Haos Insadong Seoul Korea Dried Roasted Cuttlefish House of Haos Insadong Seoul Korea Dried Roasted Cuttlefish 2 House of Haos Insadong Seoul Korea Dried Roasted Cuttlefish 3There were a host of other stalls throughout the busy commercial area as well, like puffed rice, a giant slab of nougat, grilled skewers, pancakes, and tteokbokki (spicy rice cakes):

House of Haos Insadong Seoul Korea Puffed Rice House of Haos Insadong Seoul Korea Candy House of Haos Insadong Seoul Korea Skewers House of Haos Insadong Seoul Korea Street Food Snacks House of Haos Insadong Seoul Korea TteokbokkiIn the evening, we visited Namdaemun Market, but unfortunately we were in town during a major holiday, so the market had closed early.  Some of the food stalls remained open, however, so we sat down for a bite.  Rather, we browsed the wares and ordered with the couple manning the stall.  For the most part, things looked relatively fresh, although the pork belly was a little tough, and everything is done on the grill top, so there isn’t the sort of shallow-frying, stir-frying, or simmering that other vendors with a working flame and some pans might have.

House of Haos Namdaemung Market Seoul Korea Street Food Stall House of Haos Namdaemung Market Seoul Korea Street Food Stall 2 House of Haos Namdaemung Market Seoul Korea Fish Cake Soup House of Haos Namdaemung Market Seoul Korea Pork Belly House of Haos Namdaemung Market Seoul Korea Dipping Sauces House of Haos Namdaemung Market Seoul Korea Octopus House of Haos Namdaemung Market Seoul Korea Kimchi Pancake House of Haos Namdaemung Market Seoul Korea Tteokbokki Rice CakesHouse of Haos Namdaemung Market Seoul Korea Chicken Skewers

 

 

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