Last Sunday afternoon, I went to Myeongdong to buy some stuff. I go to Myeongdong almost everyday since July when I started selling on Korean CDs, cosmetics and souvenirs on Kpopmall. I love the fact that we live near this shopping haven where you can get anything from shoes, accessories, clothing, cosmetics except for plus size lingerie!
On my way back home, I thought of dropping by Gwangjang market near Jongro5-ga for “bindae tteok”. It’s also known as “nokdu jeon” or “mung bean pancake”. I’ve had “bindae tteok” from other places but the ones at Gwangjang are the best I’ve tasted.
Since I was carrying two huge plastic bags and a gigantic umbrella that time, I didn’t bother to take pictures of Gwangjang market anymore. I once posted pictures of the market on my other blog (that has long been gone) when I went there with other married immigrants last year.
A serving of bindaetteok at Gwangjang market is 5,000 won (about 4.50 USD). I just ate half of it since it’s really filling. It’s made of ground mung beans with green onion and mung bean sprouts.
An accompaniment to this mung bean pancake is the Korean pickled onion. Perfect match! My sister-in-law also makes this well. I’d ask for a recipe when I visit her during Chuseok.
When my husband learned that I dropped by Gwangjang, he asked me to buy tteokbokki or Korean spicy rice cake. The one I bought is quite expensive at 2,000 won and the serving was really small. My husband said it’s because the rice cake they used is made from real “chap ssal” or sticky rice. True enough, it tasted so much better than any other tteokbokki I’ve ever had.
Next time I go to Gwangjang market, I’ll bring my camera with me and take pictures of the other food they serve there.