Exploring Korean markets and delicious street food!
We have shown Mangwon markets before in videos but we haven’t really been able to do it justice. This time we had Yoojin filming and Joel also got some good shots for us. I always find Korean open markets to be really fascinating and it’s a great way to see local culture. The street food places at the markets usually have somewhere to sit down inside which is more comfortable than standing and eating at the cart street food like in other places. I really like the tteokbokki there!
Local markets are a great place to do grocery shopping as the prices are a lot cheaper than the bigger stores. We generally buy our fruit and vegetables at the markets and only buy foreign items like cheese and butter at HomePlus or Emart. If you go to the markets in the evening the prices often drop even more.
Another reason to go to the markets is of course the food. There is great street food at the markets but also other small restaurants with great food and cheap prices. Since they are operating out of a small area and people can just take and eat as they walk, they can keep the prices down. Korean people eat out A LOT and these types of places allow people to do it regularly and cheaply.
If you are visiting Korea make sure you check out some markets as there are many around. Korean tourism often tries to push people to Gangnam or other modernized areas of Seoul but if you want a more authentic experience go to where the local people are shopping and socializing.
Mangwon markets also merges into the World Cup markets so it’s technically two markets in one. The Mangwon area is also an up and coming area with many small, quirky business and great food moving in. Once you are finished at the markets you can check out some of the great cafes in the area. Also the Han river is not too far away which is another important aspect of people’s lives in Seoul.
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We took the opportunity to film some halal Korean food when we had lunch with friends recently. There are now more and more opportunities for Muslim tourists in Korea and Korea is becoming popular with Muslim travellers, especially those who are fans of Kpop and Kdramas. Korea is also considered a very safe place for Muslims to visit and live. It’s getting easier to eat halal food in Korea. Our friends also eat in normal Korean restaurants and just make sure they are eating seafood, not other meat.
Korean convenience stores are always adding more choices so we decided to try the instant pigs intestines and chicken feet! Just need to microwave!
It seems like every country has their own version of Chinese food. We show you the best Korean Chinese food we’ve had. I think it helps that it’s actually Chinese people running the restaurant, because usually Chinese food restaurants are run by Koreans. Unless it’s an actual real Chinese restaurant with Chinese food, not food adapted for Korean tastes.
In Australia at Chinese restaurants there is usually a big list of dishes to choose from, but not in Korea. In fact, often it just comes down to the three dishes we show you in the video. Like any other country, the quality of the food can vary greatly depending where you go. There is totally gross delivery food, just average food, tasty but heavy and greasy, and then wonderful food like this. For example, the pork was strips of tender pork that you can easily see. Many other not as good restaurants will cut up tiny amounts of bad quality pork and batter it so much that it’s 90% batter and 10% pork. Not this restaurant, their sweet and sour pork is so good, as you can see in the video.
What is your country’s version of Chinese food?
Some moments from my day yesterday! It’s been hard to keep up with this channel because we’ve been so busy since our move, but I think I will do these types of videos once a week, where I just choose one day a week to film small moments like this and present it without commentary – but I’m happy to answer any questions in the comment section on YouTube. I also want to do some just talking/answering question videos too, so I may answer some questions in videos.
This is some of our favourite fried chicken! Easy to eat, so much flavour and cheap and convenient. And not good for our diets! We went to Mangwon markets for it. If you go on a weekend, the lines can be ridiculous though.