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  • Well good afternoon.

  • I have just woken up from my afternoon nap and I decided hey street food would be pretty

  • nice.

  • So we decided to check out a local market.

  • Korean street food is a good idea anytime of day as far as I'm concerned.

  • Yeah, so we're at the Mangwon Market (망원시장).

  • This is a really cool market here in Seoul (서울).

  • It is not one of those popular touristy markets.

  • It is very much a local market.

  • It is nearby Hapjeong (합정) and also Hongdae (홍대) area.

  • So we're just going to check it out.

  • We're going to show you guys what you can find here as well as sample a whole bunch

  • of different Korean street food (한국 길거리 음식) here in Seoul.

  • Let's do it.

  • Exciting times.

  • Let's start eating.

  • So we're starting off with the cheon won (천원) menu.

  • The one thousand won (원) menu.

  • This should be awesome.

  • Anyeonghaseyo.

  • Danhobak (단호박) hana.

  • Gamsahamnida.

  • Got it right here.

  • Let's eat it.

  • This one is for you.

  • It was cheaper.

  • It was only 500 hundred Won (원).

  • Are you serious?

  • It was five hundred won (원).

  • W500 KRW for that.

  • Yeah.

  • Look at that.

  • So it looks like a donut but it is actually a croquet.

  • I saw that when I ordered.

  • Okay.

  • A pumpkin croquet.

  • So we were way off.

  • But hey, I love getting a deal this is literally half price than what I thought.

  • Let's dig in.

  • So let's try this.

  • I've ever this before.

  • This is fascinating for me because I've tried most Korean street food (한국 길거리

  • 음식).

  • But I never tried this.

  • I'm curious to see if it is going to be savory or sweet.

  • Mmmm.

  • It is actually kind of both.

  • It is a little bit sweet but it is also savory.

  • I've got to have another bite.

  • I guess the dough is probably more savory since it has been deep-fried.

  • Yeah.

  • And the pumpkin would be sweet?

  • Mmmm.

  • Give us a good luck.

  • Look at this.

  • You can see you can really see the pumpkin here.

  • Oh.

  • You can really see the pumpkin here.

  • Look at that.

  • That almost looks like curry.

  • Yeah, it is.

  • I'm actually going to correct myself.

  • It is a bit more savory than it is sweet.

  • More savory than sweet.

  • Alright, well you are clearly enjoying it.

  • It is like falling out of your mouth.

  • I'm wolfing it down over here.

  • (Speaking Korean)

  • Mandu (만두).

  • yachae (야채).

  • Okay, so do you want to tell us what you ordered?

  • Yeah, absolutely.

  • We're having Tteokbokki (떡볶이) which is basically my all-time favorite Korean street

  • food snack.

  • So let's take a look down here.

  • I'll give you a tour.

  • And the tteokbokki (떡볶이) part here is basically the Korean rice cakes in a gochujang

  • sauce (고추장).

  • A spicy red pepper sauce and then you also have fishcakes and then over here I ordered

  • something called twigim (튀김) which is basically the fried battered objects that

  • come along with it.

  • Objects?

  • Mostly vegetables.

  • So I have like mandu (만두).

  • Okay dumpling.

  • This one if called yachae (야채) which is different vegetables and then over here we

  • also have.

  • I think there is sweet potato somewhere in there.

  • Yes, sweet potato which is kokuma (고구마).

  • Can't wait to try all of that.

  • Alright, I'm going to start off with the tteokbokki (떡볶이).

  • Dig in.

  • Here we go.

  • One big piece of rice cake.

  • That is a giant sized rice cake.

  • It is like extra long.

  • Oh, massiseoyo (맛있어요).

  • Massiseoyo.

  • Ne.

  • Very delicious.

  • Korean tteokbokki (떡볶이).

  • Yeah, very good.

  • Massiseoyo (맛있어요).

  • Oh, that is awesome.

  • Such good tteokbokki (떡볶이).

  • And now we're going to try the twikim.

  • So I'm taking the sweet potato piece here.

  • I'm going to take it for a swim here in the gochujang sauce (고추장).

  • Yep.

  • And let's try that.

  • A little messy over there.

  • Don't burn yourself.

  • A little bit too big of a bite.

  • It is like fresh out of the deep fryer.

  • That is my favorite twigim (튀김).

  • Yeah.

  • If you're going to try one kind of twigim (튀김), in Korea with your tteokbokki (떡볶이)

  • then make sure you get the kokuma (고구마) you get the sweet potato.

  • It is just so good.

  • So sweet, so delicious.

  • And it tastes so good when it is crispy.

  • So before I gobble all of the twigim (튀김) and tteokbokki (떡볶이) why don't I share

  • a little bit with you.

  • Share.

  • So I'm going to add some sauce to mine.

  • So this is pretty cool.

  • It is kind of like a spicy soy chili sauce with sesame seeds.

  • Oh yeah.

  • So you can use a spoon if you want to get lots of it.

  • Or you can use this little brush and just paint the twigim (튀김).

  • That is awesome so you're.

  • It gives it a lot more flavor.

  • It makes it spicier.

  • You're going to try the twigim (튀김) then.

  • Which one do you have?

  • Mandu (만두).

  • Mandu (만두)?

  • How is that?

  • It is nice and spicy.

  • It is good.

  • I like a lot better with the sauce.

  • It gives it more flavor.

  • So even though you can find lots of street food here that is not the only thing they

  • sell at this market.

  • You can also get lots of fresh produce, fruits, vegetables.

  • They have butchers.

  • You can buy clothes, you can buy school supplies.

  • So a little bit of everything.

  • There is definitely lots of variety here.

  • Ah, tteok (떡) hana.

  • So which package are you getting Audrey?

  • I guess this one.

  • The little ones.

  • Gamsahamnida.

  • Gamsahamnida.

  • I forgot to count my money.

  • It is two thousand Won (원).

  • So what did you get Audrey?

  • So I got myself some little rice cakes.

  • I'm not going to eat them right now because we've been having a lot of street food.

  • I'm taking this home for later as a little snack.

  • They come in different colors but the filling is often the same for all of them.

  • Um, it might be red bean paste.

  • That is what it usually is with the bigger ones.

  • I'm not sure with the little ones.

  • Yeah, they have different fillings and these are called tteok (떡) and I think these might

  • be songpyeong.

  • I think these might be the ones that are had.

  • That you have on special holidays and they're especially sweet.

  • They are sweeter than most.

  • So they are really good.

  • Okay so we just finished covering one half of the market.

  • Now we're, I nearly got run over there.

  • Now we're going to cross the street and visit the second half of the market which continues

  • on the other side of the road and I've been holding out for sweets so I really hope I

  • can find some hotteok (호떡) when we are there.

  • Another thing I find really amusing is that people are going through the market on a motorbikes

  • even though it is a pedestrian only area or so it would seem.

  • So you have to be careful and kind of watch out because they come out of nowhere.

  • Tteokkochi (떡꼬치) almaeyo.

  • 500 or 1000.

  • Cheon Won (천원) juseyo.

  • Ne.

  • Clearly somebody hasn't tired of the rice cakes today.

  • Yeah, sticking with the theme of the rice cakes for this afternoon I've got another

  • Korean street food snack here.

  • We've got something called tteokkochi (떡꼬치).

  • So I'm going to take a bite and then describe it to you after.

  • Mmmm.

  • So how this is different from tteokbokki (떡볶이) is that the sauce is completely different.

  • This is more like a sweet and sour type of chili sauce that is on top of it.

  • And also the rice cakes have been cooked differently.

  • They've been obviously cooked a little bit longer and they are crispier but also still

  • chewy while you are chewing them.

  • So this is almost a little bit almost like a dessert snack.

  • So are the rice cakes pan-fried then?

  • I think they are.

  • Yeah, because they are crispy on the outside.

  • Yeah.

  • So really good.

  • And again this one was only cheon Won (천원) so less than one US dollar.

  • Can't go wrong.

  • It is kind of funny with this dish I had never tried it in Korea but then when we were in

  • Kyrgyzstan.

  • Your first time to try it was in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

  • They had a Korean restaurant.

  • Korean restaurant so there you go.

  • Which is kind of unusual.

  • Going to go in for more.

  • Mmmmm.

  • So if you had to choose do you prefer tteokbokki (떡볶이) or tteokkochi (떡꼬치)?

  • They are nothing alike so it is comparing apples with oranges.

  • But right now I've had quite a bit of savory things so I'm appreciating the kind of sweet

  • chili sauce on this.

  • A very diplomatic answer.

  • So your'e up again.

  • What have you got?

  • I found my favorite all-time Korean street snack.

  • This is called hotteok (호떡) and it kind of looks like a donut or a really fat pancake

  • and it is usually filled with brown sugar and pine nuts and cinnamon.

  • Yours is a special one.

  • What is yours?

  • This one is nokcha (녹차) so this is green tea hotteok (호떡) which I have never had

  • before.

  • And just looking at it.

  • It looks like it has got little bit of like green tea like loose leaf.

  • Yeah.

  • Yeah.

  • So let's see what it tastes like.

  • Try that.

  • Ah, it is so hot.

  • Piping hot.

  • It is freshly made.

  • Just made that for you.

  • Have you got to the gooey part in the middle yet.

  • Haven't got to the gooey part.

  • I don't know if there is a gooey part.

  • Maybe this one is just sprinkled with green tea.

  • First impressions though is it sweet?

  • It tastes like a sweet donut.

  • So far so good.

  • I think it may have a filling though.

  • Ahh.

  • Here we go.

  • So look at that.

  • There you have your brown caramelized sugar, some nuts, a little bit of green tea loose

  • leaf, cinnamon.

  • It smells amazing.

  • And you call it smells like Christmas, right?

  • I think that is one of the reasons I like it so much.

  • It is just like such a comforting aroma.

  • It smells like Christmas.

  • It is so so good.

  • And I'm burning myself right now having this but it is just so good.

  • I don't really want to wait.

  • And how much was it?

  • One thousand Won (원).

  • Wow another cheon Won (천원).

  • So less than a dollar.

  • We're just feasting like Kings and Queens here without paying much at all.

  • We sure are.