15 Korean Street Food to Eat in Myeongdong, South Korea

Myeongdong is considered a tourist attraction in Seoul, South Korea. Call it a shopping paradise overwhelmed with cosmetic shops and clothes boutiques that you can shop till you drop, together with tons of Korean street food, cafes, restaurants to fill your tummy in between shopping. However, comparing to Hongdae (Hongik University) and Ehwa station, Myeongdong is the place we like the least. Why? Read on.

3 reasons that we don’t like Myeongdong:
1) To us, it is too crowded during night time. Like a night market but not as interesting.
2) A lot of cosmetic shops but similar from one street to another. Even if you miss the shop in street A, you will always see it back in street B and C and D. Some longer street, you can see the same brand 2 to 3 times.
3) Street food in Myeongdong doesn’t taste as good, higher price too. A sweet pancake is 1000won in Ehwa and in Myeongdong, price is double up to 2000won, some for 3000won.

3 reasons that you will like Myeongdong:
1) You love buying cosmetic. Varieties are better than you see in HERMO. Packaging are cute too, ideal as souvenir.
2) You wish to purchase in larger quantity, for example, mask. You can always get it in cheaper price. They sell in bulk, 3 to 4 dozens of mask tied together, I think I can use it for 3 years.
3) Language barrier is lessen in Myeongdong, if you can speak Mandarin. Most staffs in these shops are well-trained to communicate with visitors over simple Mandarin. English wise, still a problem as most of the time, they misinteprete what we trying to ask.

For us, food comes first, since we have not much interest over lipstick, mask, BB Cream, foundation, eyeliner and so forth. We walked around checking out what street food to eat. Despite most tasted average, we still have to say that a trip to Myeongdong is incomplete without trying out Korean street food. Here are the 15 to check out during your visit to MyeongDong:

1) Milky Bee Rose Ice Cream

The must have. Quite a brilliant idea to come out with ice cream in rose shape. You will easily come across this store opposite to MCM. If you came from MyeongDong MTR, from exit 8, turn left at the first cross-junction, walk straight for 3 minutes to reach.

2) Korean Egg Cake / Gyeranbang

Sumergirl No.1 Korean street food favourite. Fluffy cake at the botton, topped over with egg and cheese. A sweet and savoury combination, filled with eggy aroma. We had this few times in different places.

3) Korean sweet Pancake/ Hotteok

Our first hotteok was in Nami Island. That was good but back in Myeongdong, the one we bought tasted quite bad. We felt like tucking into a thick layer of oil, lack of crispy outside, chewing within texture with a burst of melted brown sugar sweet sensation.

4) Rainbow Cotton Candy/ Somsatang

More like a gimmick to attract customers. Cotton candy, laced with rainbow colours to please.

5) Rice Cake in spicy sweet sauce/ Ddeokbokki

Summergirl favourite. The winning point goes to the spicy sauce with a tinge of sweetness. Some do it well, some make it way too cloying for the sauce.

6) Pan-fried Rice Cake / Ddeokgochi

Koreans make good use of their rice cake in different cooking method. Boil in soup, stir fried in sauce, and even grill it for a layer of crispiness.

7) Deep Fried Potato Ring/ Hweori Gamja

Not something new to us though, as Malaysia night markets are flooded with this tornado-like potato chips. For Korean version, some place a long sausage at the hollow center for more flavours and texture.

8) Fish Shape Waffle with Ice Cream/ Bungeoppang

Didn’t try this out but you can get it in Malaysia now too. The famous Aboong Korean fish waffle ice cream has just opened a store in SS15 Subang Jaya.

9) Grilled octopus

Octopus leg cut into pieces, grilled and topped with sauces and bonito flakes upon order. Hard to chew, we didn’t eat till the last piece.

10) Korean blood sausage/ Sundae

Something you will like or stay away from. It is normally made from pig blood with glutinous rice and noodles, leaving chewy, mochi-like texture.

11) Banana Fritter

Never thought we will see Pisang Goreng in MyeongDong night market hahaha.

12) Freshly squeezed fruit juice in packet (Lemon, passion fruit, ect..)

Too many food and need some drinks? You can always buy a packet of freshly squeeze lemon juice to quench your thirst.

13) Grilled chicken skewers / Dakkochi

14) Japanese water cake

This Japanese water cake appears like a big drop of water. It is actually a Japanese jelly with smooth surface, transparent, mildly sweet. Taste good.

15) Deep fried soft shell crab

16) Deep Fried Snacks / Twigim

For next trip to Myeongdong, we may focus more on coffee places and Korean BBQ Restaurant instead of testing out Korean street food along the road. We can easily get cheaper, better one in other area.

Planning to visit Korea for this Sakura Season? Don’t miss out the Early Bird Sakura Promo from TravelRecommends where you get to enjoy the lowest rate in town at just RM15/day with a complimentary 2-way courier delivery service when you visit these countries! Enter promo code- SUMMER10 to enjoy RM10 off from your total bill! *Promo Code Ends on 30th April*

Get yourself a Travel Recommends Pocket WiFi for online convenience. Save the hassle to look for internet access in cafes, restaurants or hotels. For more information, check out their website and FAQ page.

Summary of Our 6D5N Trip

Day 1Day 2Day 3Day 4Day 5Day 6
EatJinokhwa Halmae Wonjo Dakhanmari
陳于華奶奶一只雞
Cafe 5Cijung

SamCheong-Dong Mukshidonna One Pot Cheese Ramen Tteokbokki
摩西吃休錢走起司年糕鍋


KyoChon Fried Chicken 橋村炸雞
Red Piggy Bank Korean Stone Grill BBQ Restaurant
弘大小豬存錢桶石頭烤肉
MyeongDong Yi Pin Xiang Jajangmyeon
明洞一品香炸醬麵


MyeongDong Milky Bee Rose Ice Cream
明洞玫瑰冰淇淋
Myeongdong Wangbijib Traditional Korean Restaurant
明洞王妃傢韓式烤肉


Beans Bin Cafe Waffle
Sinchon Chun Cheon Dakgalbi
春川辣炒雞排

Shin Seon Seolnongtang
神仙雪濃湯

Cafe Comma
SeeDong Dae Mun Design Plaza
東大門設計廣場

Bukchon Village 8 Views
北村八景


Sam Cheong Dong
三清洞

Insadong Ssamziegil
仁寺洞人人廣場
Nami Island
南怡島


Petite France
法國小王子村

Hong Dae Night Life
MyeongDong Milky Bee Rose Ice Cream
明洞玫瑰冰淇淋

Ehwa Woman University
梨花大學


GyeongBokGung
景福宮
N Seoul Tower
N首爾塔


Sinsa-Dong Garosu-gil
新沙東林蔭大道

LINE Friends Store & Cafe Sinsadong

Hongdae KT&G Sangsangmadang

Hongdae 1300k Stationary Shop
HyeHwa Station Ihwa Art Mural Streets
惠化壁畫村

Seoul Station LOTTE Duty Free Mart
樂天免稅店
SleepHongdae Hostel Room+PlusHongdae Hostel Room+PlusHongdae Hostel Room+PlusHongdae Hostel Room+PlusHongdae Hostel Room+PlusHongdae Hostel Room+Plus