Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Namdaemun Market

This post took place on June 5, 2010.

After a day at Pamunjun, we went to Namdaemun market in Seoul to eat and do a little shopping.

There were these food tents all over the place with proprietors saying "Sit down! (ahn ja say yo)," with this charming mixture of plaintive- and imperative-ness. Where we ate, the person was running the tent alone, though she said that her husband was a phone call away.

The food was decent, but this is very much more like drinking and post drinking food, not that there's anything wrong with that. Lots of spiciness to make you drink more. We went through her last bottle of makgeolli so she ran to the store to get us a second one.

We got a spicy squid dish, some conch (which I'm going to finally say I don't like in general), and these clams

which were tasty. By the end of the meal we were all like best friends.

For desert we split a huge red bean bun at a different stand.

They were giving out free samples and it cost only 1,000 W.

They also had naengmyun on the menu. A tiny dumpling place that also serves naengmyun? It's so implausible that they would have good naengmyun that maybe they have the best naengmyun. But alas it was not good. I was glad to get some perspective. Not everything in Korea is good eats.

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