Where the locals eat in Seoul: 5 Must-Try Foods at Dongdaemun Night Market.

Korea Dongdaemun Night Market

Centrally located in Seoul, the Dongdaemun Night Market is known for its incredible fashion districts and street food. The market spans over 50,000 manufacturers and 30,000 speciality shops, and is open late into the night, about any hour!

After a long day of shopping and exploring, you won’t be disappointed with the array of street food that is available. For the best selections, it is recommended to head to areas of Gwanghui and Jeil Pyeonghwa in the night market. 

Dongdaemun is a must-visit for passionate foodies who want to taste authentic, mouth-watering Korean street food. Here are 5 tasty dishes you have to try while you are here!

Hotteok 

Looking for a delicious spin on traditional pancakes? Hotteok (pronounced ‘ho-tok’) is Korea’s famous stuffed pancakes, with a chewy dough outlined by a crispy outer layer and a sweet filling usually composed of cinnamon, brown sugar, and chopped walnuts or peanuts. For those who prefer savoury, there is a selection of other fillings such as Japchae, stir-fried glass noodles with vegetables, and Kimchi, a Korean staple of fermented and seasoned vegetables. Eaten for breakfast, snack, or dessert, once you try one you won't be able to stop!

Hotteok

Odeng-Guk 

Originally influenced by Japanese cuisine, Odeng-Guk is a light snack of skewered fish cakes that usually are served with a broth. Traditional Odeng-Guk is rectangular and thin, made from fish, potato starch, vegetables, and sugar. It is a favourite for many Koreans, who often recommend this dish to new travelers and say the best vendors are those that have the longest lines of locals. It is often eaten during chilly winter weather.

Fish Cake

Gyeran-Bbang

Also known as egg bread, Gyeran-Bbang is a must-try for any newcomer to Korea. It is a fluffy and sweet loaf with the egg being placed either in between the batter or on top of the bread. Even though waiting times vary for this popular dish, it is most definitely worth the time. A perfectly cooked egg with steamy, toasted bread, makes Gyeran-Bbang a national staple. The egg can also be layered with ham, spam, or vegetables for those who want to explore different flavours. With its powerful savoury and sweet smell, one can’t pass a vendor without trying it!

Eggbread

Gamja Hot Dog

Recently gaining worldwide attention through social media platforms such as TikTok, Gamja Hot Dogs are treasured by comfort-food lovers. They differ from traditional hot dogs and are made by coating skewered hot dogs with a batter that is then deep-fried to perfect crispiness, often with added spices and toppings to elevate the dish even more. There are many variations, such as the hot dog being coated with french fries, a potato spiral, or even tiny potato pieces instead of the batter. You can get them with just cheese, or a combination of a hot dog and cheese; the options are limitless and there is a flavour for everybody.

Korean Hot Dog

Bungeoppang

Another dish that is popular during the winter, Bungeoppang is a fish-shaped pastry. This cute and warm cake is crispy on the outside and usually filled with either green bean paste or red bean paste, although its popularity made vendors include more variations such as sweet potato, custard, peanut butter, chocolate, and more. It is most delicious when eaten right away, with no time for it to cool down, making it an ideal snack!

Korean Fish Snack

The Dongdaemun Night Market is an experience that newcomers to Korea must try! Get a taste of Korea’s authentic culture and street food, making an unforgettable journey. Mashike mogo (맛있게 먹어), travellers!

Originally Written- Nadim Kassymov

Edited- Vinita Malik