London Food Markets

There is nothing I adore more than food, not even my dear TFB (don’t worry, he knows his place in my heart, and he’s cool with it). So a giant space filled with different mini restaurants and stalls selling every kind of food under the sun is a day spent in heaven for me. London is well known for its incredible food scene and markets, though I’d be hard pushed to be able to visit them all for you without living in London again for at least a year. However as I was home I had to check out  a few and wanted to share them with you. If you love food even half as much as I do these are must do’s when you visit London.

The Beefsteaks -Steak & Chips

Borough Market
Probably London’s most famous and biggest food market, the area has really expanded since my last visit a few years back. The main market is filled to the brim with absolutely incredible artisan produce that would be hard for most of us mere mortals to find. You name it they have it in spades, cheese, booze, fruit, veg, condiments, meat, and fish. However they also have dozens of ready to eat and drink foods, from the incredible scotch eggs and pies, to beautiful patisserie items like cakes and breads. Dotted throughout the place are stands selling all manner of hot and hip international and British foods. If you have seen it on Instagram, you are almost certain to find it here.  When we visited their were queues a mile long to get venison burgers, Jamaican BBQ, gyoza, and even Korean fried chicken!

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Borough market is located at 8 Southwark St, London SE1 1TL. To get there take a train to London Bridge Station, then follow the exit signs for Borough Market. The Market runs from 10am -5pm each day, but has many more stalls at the weekend. For more information including a list of vendors visit their website.

Maltby Street
This food Market was completely new to me, but was recommended by my very fabulous friend Gizzie Erskine. Located under the railway arches about 10 minutes away from London Bridge is the uber cool Maltby street, which although small is lined with stalls and shops selling their wares. I felt although this market was small, it was just overflowing with good food. One of our favourite food stalls was Beef Steaks, which specialised in serving quality steaks at a low price, our steak and chips with chimichurri sauce was a mere £10. Some of the stands are more established and have built proper stores under the arches themselves, like our favourite Little Gin. A small batch locally made gin bar that specialises in cocktails, most of which were £5-£6 and absolutely delicious. There was outdoor seating and we were able to enjoy the buzz of the market around us. I felt this market to be very me, cool without being so trendy I felt out of place, yet not mainstream like Borough which was packed to the rafters on a sunny Saturday morning.

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Maltby Street market is located at 41 Maltby St, London SE1 3PA, UK. To get there take a train to London Bridge Station and follow the map below from there.  The Market is only open from 9am-4pm on Saturdays, and 11am-4pm on Sundays. For more information including a list of vendors, please visit their website.

Dinerama
Many many years ago, back in my uni days, I was an East London resident, and often frequented the then trending area of Shoreditch. It was still in its early days back then and I couldn’t believe the changes it has undergone since I lived there many moons ago. The whole area was absolutely teaming with trendy folks enjoying themselves on a Saturday night.  Despite wearing my hipster hat and glasses and a very cool vintage blazer I still felt way too mainstream for this fashionista crowd.  But no matter, I wasn’t there to impress, I was there to eat, and hang out with my celebrity friends. Food wise Dinerama had a lot to offer. We tried some vegan tacos from Club Mexicana, which I didn’t think were half as good as the ones at Plant in Seoul, although their deep fried cheese was pretty epic. We also got a giant platter of barbecued smoked meat from Hot Box, and the incredible Lew Burger from Burger & Beyond which was topped with smoked cheese, pancetta, and smothered in bone marrow mayonnaise. It was sinfully addictive. I was also way into the Frose (frozen rose) that almost of all the bars seemed to be selling. The whole place is packed with bars in fact, each one having a different vibe from the 70s disco vodka bar to the German sex dungeon. If you like places that are too cool for school then it is the perfect place to eat, drink, and be merry at the weekend.

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Dinerama is located at 19 Great Eastern St, London EC2A 3EJ. To get there take a train to Old Street Station and follow the map below from there. Dinerama is open From Thursday – Sunday from 12pm – late. For more information including a list of vendors please visit their website.

 

Searcy’s Champagne Bar

There is nothing quite like a glass of champagne to make you feel glamorous and sophisticated. Being a glamorous and sophisticated girl, I’m always quaffing a bottle or two, as my Instagram account will attest. One place I have always wanted to visit in London is the Champagne bar located in St Pancras train station, and as luck would have it I was in the area and had plans to meet up with two of my oldest friends(that I met in Korea) and thought that Searcy’s would be the perfect setting for the reunion.

Searcy’s is located inside of St Pancras / Kings Cross Station. Boasting the title of ‘Europe’s longest champagne bar’ the 98m space is truly breathtaking. The magnificent location allows panoramic views of the entire station terminal, showcasing the glorious wrought iron and glass ceiling overhead. The are twelve banquettes that line the length of bar, each adorned with art deco and a ‘press for champagne’ button that ensures you never need to get up to refill your glass. The place has a real retro luxe vibe going on, and you cant help but feel utterly decadent while sipping your bubbles.

Unsurprisingly the menu has a great selection of champagnes and sparkling wines, with the cheapest one starting at just under £10 a glass, making it affordable even if your budget is more akin to the £3 Asti Spumante from Aldi. After perusing the menu I decided to treat my friend to bottle of the English Grey Friars – Rose Brut which was a very reasonable £65 for the bottle. Made from Pinot Noir it was a very drinkable with notes of strawberries and cream and the most delightful blush hue. It was hard to believe that the grapes were grown only 25 miles away in Surrey.  Nestled in our booth, we took soothing sips of our champs, while busy commuters ran to catch their trains below us. It was quite the contradiction. If you are feeling peckish the adjoining restaurant has a rather nice menu and an incredibly beautiful gold leaf ceiling, unfortunately we had another train to catch so couldn’t partake, However if you have the time I’m sure it is well worth stopping by.

Seary’s is located at the Grand Terrace, Upper Concourse, St Pancras International Station, King’s Cross St. Pancras, London, N1C 4QL. To get there take the tube to King’s Cross station or a train to St Pancras and take the escalator up to the second floor. It is above all luxury glass fronted shops. For more information or to make a reservation you can call them on 0207 870 9900   or visit  their website.

Sool Bar Week

Sorry for my long leave of absence, but I’m currently enjoying myself far too much on my holidays, and have had no time to share about all the lovely things I have been eating and drinking. However I found out about an amazing boozy event happening in Seoul, and I couldn’t resist sharing even though I’m not going to be there to attend it. The event, Sool Bar Week, kicks off tomorrow. There are dozens of different alcohol related events happening between Monday, September 11th & Sunday, September 17th at a whole host of Seoul Bars.

There are so many different talks, guest bartenders, and masterclass events going on it would take me a year to list them all, so please check the website for the full list of events. Sadly I’m still away, but if I was in town I would definitely be at Tequila – Spirit of Mexico at Vatos on Wednesday from 7pm – 10pm. This experience includes an artisanal tequila tasting, with special antojitos (small bites), and a live mariachi band flown in from Mexico. Tickets are still available and cost only 40,000 won, see the facebook page to get yours.

Another foodie event that I’m sad to be missing is the wild dining experience by La Marmite and Dandy Pink. The Dinner will be held at La Marmite Seoul on the 14th, 15th and 16th of September. It’s a four course set dinner with cocktail pairing for 85,000 a person. See the event’s facebook for full menu or to book your spot.

Although none of us don’t need an excuse to have a libation or two, it’s nice to have one. There will be guest bar tending events at some of my favourite bars such as Mix & Malt and Flower Gin, as well as at many other spots throughout the city. See the Sool Bar Week schedule here for more details.

Fat Boy Sandwiches

I’m off on holiday for the next few weeks, so posts may be rare depending on how busy I am. If you want to keep abreast of my travels and all the amazing food I’ll be eating, follow my instagram. Due to my impending trip my fridge is empty,  and I thought I’d use it as the perfect excuse to get take out, not that I need one, but you know. For some reason, Fat boy Sandwiches, really spoke to me.  I had heard great things so ordered two for myself from Shuttle. If you are unfamiliar with Shuttle you really need to get on it, because it is an excellent service that goes to all my favourite restaurants and delivers their food right to my door for a mere 4,00 won. In fact if you are a first time customer you can get it delivered for free, by clicking the link at the bottom of the page.

After perusing the sandwich choices I ordered the Beefeater (10,500). A medium-rare roast beef and Swiss cheese stuffed baguette. The internet had been abuzz about the size and taste of the Fat Boy sandwiches, so I was really looking forward to this bad boy. But when I unwrapped it, it was rather small in size in fact I could fit both pieces on the palm of my hand, and I like to think my hands are quite small and dainty. Despite the size, the sandwich was actually really good, lovely thin slivers of roast beef and a nice tang from the horseradish mayo. As you can see the sandwich has a good ratio of filling to bread, so maybe that is the what they are promoting, but honestly I was still hungry after finishing this one.

TFB wanted the test the muster of their ham so got the Classic Ham & Cheese (9,500). Deli Ham, American Cheese, Tomato, Mayo, Mustard, Romaine Lettuce, Campagnard bread. I am no fan of ham, especially hammy ham so only took a very small bite of this one. It seemed a big and hearty size though and was much bigger than mine. I didn’t really care for that kind of cheese, but TFB gobbled it up and deemed it satisfactory. The loftily piled layers of thinly sliced ham made a nice change from the faux ham offerings sometimes found in Korea. As ham and cheese sandwiches go, this one was not bad, a touch more mustard and big chunks of cheddar cheese and this could be a winner.

When I saw that they had Creamy Deli style Potato Salad (2,500) on the menu I was very pleased. I love potato salad, in fact I make it quite often myself, but it was nice to have it it as an add on, especially at such a great price. The tub itself was quite big and the portion generous. The flavour was pretty decent too, not as tangy as I tend to make mine, but pretty solid. It also helped fill up my exceedingly large belly.

Overall I liked the food I tasted, but the Fat Boy size was not big enough for the Fat girl. The ingredients are quality though and if you have a normal sized appetite you should be pretty pleased with what is on offer. Fat Boy Sandwiches are only available via Shuttle Delivery. To order please visit their website. If you are a new customer to shuttle, please click here to receive 4,000 won off your first on your first order.

Dominic

Dominic has always been a restaurant I go back to again and again. Located at the Hangangjin end of Itaewon. It is a cool yet welcoming space that always offers great food and a lovely ambience. Last weekend I was invited to a thank you lunch there along with a very good friend of mine. Since my last visit the menu has been switched up a little to include lots of new dishes while still retaining some of their old classic ones. If the day ends in Y, I like to enjoy lunch with a cocktail or two. So I started with a mimosa (15,000), which was quickly followed by a Sangria (15,000), both the white and the red sangria were utterly delicious and spiked with rum, triple sec and cinnamon honey.

Our lunch began with the Dominic Capresa Salad (15,000) a mix of baby mozzarella, tomatoes, basil and fresh olives. We enjoyed this with the most wonderful aged balsamic vinegar that the owner Rosen had just brought back from a trip to Italy. I love this salad and it is always one of my first choices on the menu wherever I may be in the world. It was served in a really cute metal pan too. Along with our salad we also ate one of their fantastic steaks. The Steak (58,000) at Dominic has always been incredibly good, and this occasion was no exception. It is not often I eat streak, so this NY strip, wet aged for 5-7 days, and cooked to medium rare in a hot cast iron skillet with a side of veggies, was a real treat. It is probably one of my favourite items on their menu, especially when paired with their creamy spinach topped brioche which we didn’t indulge in this time.

We followed the steak with the Pork Belly Citrus (22,000). A hunk of pork bell which was cooked sous vide then deep fried, and served with smashed potato, bacon jam, baby greens and a citrus dressing. Like all good pork belly dishes, the meat was soft and had that melt in the mouth consistency you tend to get from sous vide cooking, while still having a crispness on the outside thanks to the deep frying. The accompanying bacon jam was especially tasty, and worked well with the pork, as did the slightly tangy dressing. All in all a delicious dish and great new addition to the menu.

Despite the fact that we had already eaten more than our fair share, we finished the carb-lovers way with a plate of pasta. This is the Olive Bacon Anchovy Spaghettini (18,000) which is studded with three kinds of olives, button mushrooms, bacon and anchovy. This was an absolute delight, and exactly what I needed, not the cream drowned monstrosities that usually get passed for pasta in this country. The pasta was cooked to me the perfect al dente, but my Italian friend said it was a touch overdone, but he’s an extremely hard man to please. Either way it was the perfect way to end the meal.

Overall it was so lovely to have a chance to visit one of my favourite restaurants again. Seoul’s food landscape is forever changing, and this is one place we know we can always come to and enjoy a fabulous meal. Dominic has a daily happy hour from 3pm – 6pm, and a whole host of promotions throughout the week, so check out their facebook page for details of the next one including their new event Tapas Tuesdays.

Dominic is located at 683-133 Hanam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul. to get there take a train to Hangangjin Station (line6) Come out of exit 3 and walk straight for about 200 meters. It’s located next to the Kolon Series Multi Shop and just across from Woori bank. For more information you can call them on 02-790-7588. They are open everyday from 11:30-11pm

Spacca Napoli

I’ve always been one for balance, so as I posted about a healthy salad place earlier in the week, I thought I would treat you to some pizza for the weekend. Last week one of my old friends got me in touch with a friend whom will be visiting Seoul very soon, and she asked me what I thought of the places she planned to try. Spacca Napoli was the one she were most excited about, and I had to admit I had never even heard of the place. After a quick search on the net,  my most trusted food resources came up empty too. However after seeing the pictures of the pizza online I quickly realised it was worth investigating, so I gathered myself up and a few of my unsuspecting friends and headed to Hapjeong.

The space is on the second floor of a building a short walk from Hapjeong station, if you were walking past you’d have no idea of the treasures that can be found inside. The restaurant itself is very spacious and has a real open plan feeling about it, you can even see the traditional wood fired oven in the corner and the chefs making your pizza.  There are plenty of tables and lots of light from the big open windows, it was the perfect spot to enjoy a nice lunch. Once seated we were given a menu and complimentary basket of garlic bread. It has been so long since I enjoyed garlic bread so I was thrilled at its appearance as it such a rarity in Seoul.

The best way to test the muster of a pizza joint is by the Margarita (19,000), and this one did not disappoint. While I’ve been to Italy, I have never travelled to Naples, so I am in no way an expert when it comes to Italian pizza, in fact what you get differs from region to region. But this pizza was everything I was looking for and more. The the crust was puffed up and sinfully chewy. I’m not a huge crust eater but even I couldn’t resist this one, I would love to have their recipe! The pizzas were baked in their wood fired oven, and topped with the freshest tomato, basil and mozzarella. The simplicity of the ingredients truly sang,  I definitely didn’t feel like I was in Kansas(or Seoul for that matter) anymore, but somewhere on the Med. Such a treat.

being a white pizza addict, I couldn’t resist the Funghi Bianco (21,000). A white pizza consisting of cream, mozzarella, mushrooms, and extra virgin olive oil. This combines my two favourite ingredients cheese and mushrooms, so I was pretty much in heaven. If they added truffle oil it would be orgasmic. There was plenty of cheese on this and again the crust was awesome.  I think of the four pizzas we ordered this one was the clear winner for me by far.

For a meatier twist we ordered the Diavola (21,000). A mix of fresh san marzano tomatoes, mozzarella, salami, and pecarino. This one had a touch of spice in the sauce and would have been adored by my beloved if he had been at the lunch. The slivers of salami were lovely and crisp, thile there was lashing of the rich tomato sauce underneath.  As well as the pizza they also offer a handful of salads and pasta dishes, but we didn’t end up trying those as we stuck with the pizzas.

Overall I was really impressed by this place. The pizza was fantastic, and I can’t believe no one has ever mentioned this place to me before. They recently opened up a second location in Sinchon too. We were all absolutely stuffed for 20,000 apiece and still had a couple slices left over. So if you like Italian pizza it is not to be missed, and well worth the trip across town.

Spacca napoli is located at 2F, 28 Yanghwa-ro, 6-gil, Mapo-Gu, Seoul. To get there, take a train to Hapjeong Station (line 2 & 6) and come out of exit 5. Take the first left and then follow the road around. You will see Spacca Napoli on your left hand side on the second floor. For more information you can call them on 02-326-2323 or check out their facebook page. They are open Tuesday – Sunday from 11:30am – 10pm.

Bad Farmers

I do love a good salad, so I am rather thrilled that after many years of living in Korea trying to dodge cabbage and corn monstrosities covered in kiwi or strawberry flavoured dressings, that salad joints have become a trend. Despite the name of my blog I really do try my best to stay healthy so having options like this available makes life a lot easier, especially when you eat out as much as I do. One of the first places to open and get in on the healthy eating trend was Bad Farmers, which I had always heard great things about but never visited until now. So when I met a friend in the area for lunch, I knew it was time to give it a try.

The restaurant itself has a very natural aesthetic. Everything is made of of wood and invokes that earthy wholesome kind of feeling. One of the highlights for me is the gorgeous outside seating area, it was a very hot day but under the umbrella we were very cool and content. However for those who don’t like to dine alfresco there is seating inside too, though when we arrived we advised we would have a short wait until a table became available.

The menu consists of half a dozen salads, some open sandwiches, and cold pressed juice. I make my own fresh juice every morning so decided to skip the drinks and just go for the salad. The Guaca Green (11,500) was our first choice and consisted of sprouts, avocado, lime, nacho chips, roast chicken, cherry tomatoes, and red onion. I really liked this one, as it reminded me so much of the Taco Salad  I used to make frequently. There was a great mix of  textures, and I adored the cilantro jalapeno dressing too. With the salads we were given a small cup of corn soup and some bread, which was not necessary but certainly appreciated.

After much deliberation our second choice was the Shrimp Bowl (11,500), which was a mix of Cajun shrimp, romaine lettuce, kale, grapes, cucumber, corn, red onion, lemon and cherry tomatoes. It came a side of cucumber yogurt dressing. The shrimp in this were really tasty, and the grapes added pops of sweetness. However the dressing was a bit lacklustre with this one. I was hopping for something reminiscent of tzatziki but it was a bit watery and flavourless. I’d probably go for one of the other salads next time instead.

Overall we enjoyed the salads. I didn’t try the juice this time but I do know they are sold in GS marts for a fraction of the price, so maybe try them there first to find your favourite flavour.  The place is really cute and I’d happily go back if I was in the area. If you plan to go on the weekend I would go early, as you may have a long wait once the crowds arrive.

 

Bad Farmers is located at 523-21 Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul. To get there take a train to Sinsa Station (line 3) and come out of exit 8. Walk straight then take the second left, walk to the end then take the next left street which is diagonal and runs parallel to Garosugil. Take the sixth road on the left by the 7-11 and then the next right. You will see Bad Farmers straight ahead. For more information you can call them on 02-515-8400, or check out their facebook page. They are open every day from 11am-9pm.

Bistopping

It is hot as hell right now, and nothing cools you down like a beautiful and very Instagrammable ice cream. I came across the Sinsa ice-creamery online and thought it was such an adorable spot, that I couldn’t resist paying them a visit. I also brought a whole host of friends with me to try it too. The ice cream shop is located in between Sinsa and Nonhyeon. The shop itself is quite small and was packed to the rafters with hungry girls waiting for their frozen treats. Luckily they have a small seating area outside, and an air conditioned restaurant next door for you to wait in while they make them. We visited on a busy afternoon and we probably had to wait 20 minutes for them to be made after ordering.

The ice creams come in three different flavours Milk (3,500), Yogurt (4,000) and Chocolate (5,000), you can then pimp it up with one of the fabulous decorated cones for an extra 1,500 won. There was a huge display area with 20 different numbered designs for you to choose from.  You then choose your cookie and chocolate add ons, which are what make the dessert look so magical. The simple chocolate stars and hearts are 700 won, while some of the prettier cookie embellishments are between 1,500 -2,500 won. If you want to get a super crazy cone it will be closer to 10,000 though I managed to make my cactus cone for 7,800.

The ice cream itself was quite nice and reminiscent of the one you get from Sweetruck. It has that slightly sour, almost cheesy like taste. Kind of like milk gone bad, but it in a good way. Our group was rather boring and we all got milk, except one of us who got chocolate so I didn’t have chance to try the other flavours. I did get to try some of the other embellishments though. A definite thumbs up for the fruity pebbles, never had these before and thought they were tres delicious. I cant believe it is a breakfast cereal though, it would be like eating a bowl of sweets for you morning meal.

Overall I thought Bistopping to be just as adorable as it looked on Instagram. If you are looking for really good ice cream then this is not the place for you, but if you want a really fun dessert that will look great in pictures it is worth a visit.

Bistopping is located at 68 Sinbanpo-ro 47-gil, Jamwon-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul. To get there take a train to Sinsa Station (line 3) and come out of exit 4. walk straight and take the third right. Walk straight again and take the third left, the road kind of curves round. follow this road and you will see Bistopping just ahead on the left hand side. for more information you can call them on 070-7792-0409 or checkout their Instagram page. Bistopping is open from 11am -10pm everyday.

Lobster Bar

Lobster Bar in Itaewon just celebrated their 3 year anniversary, it truly is insane how quickly time flies these days. It seems like only last summer that they opened up in their first location on the hill, and had hordes of hungry patrons queuing up to get in on the new lobster roll trend.  To celebrate this momentous occasion and keep things fresh they have added some new items to the menu. They kindly invited me along to give them a try, and I was powerless to resist, I mean who says no to free lobster right?

One trend that isn’t going away any time soon is burgers, so putting a new lobster burger on the menu was a very savvy idea. The lobster burger (17,900), certainly looks very impressive, and will look very attractive on your Instagram feed. After taking about 18,000 pictures of it, I finally got to lock my lips around the mighty mound. The burger itself pretty tasty, and it remained firm despite the tower of ingredients topping it.  While I enjoyed the lobster and cheeseburger combo, I wast sure about the addition of the jalapeno mayo as I think it took away from the flavour of the lobster. There are plans to add a few different versions to the menu in the next few weeks, so I think they could come up with a few interesting options.

As well as the burger, we also tried the Spicy Bang Bang Shrimp (9,500). I was really happy to see this on the menu, as Bang Bang chicken is a dish I always order from the Chinese takeaway back home, so was pleased to see it here in Korea. We both really enjoyed this dish. The crispy battered shrimp were large and juicy and the spicy mayo sauce was very moreish. The shrimp were on top of a pile of rice and lettuce, so you could easily eat this as a main dish to yourself, or share it as a starter.

We also got to try the new Fried Crab Popcorn (9,000). This was a giant paper cone filled with tiny deep fried crabs. They made the perfect dish to snack on while we were enjoying our drinks, especially when dipped into the accompanying chili mayo. I thought they made a an interesting addition to the menu as they differ from the spicy Korean style.

To drink I of course had to order my favourite cocktail, the Tropical Berry Punch (15,000). This drink is all kinds of blackcurranty fruity goodness and is a highly addictive tropical treat. I also think it has grown in size since my last visit too, which is never a bad thing.  TFB was rather boring and stuck with a pint of Great White (9,000), however their drinks menu is actually pretty varied and has quite a selection including rather cheap bottles of spirits if you are dining with a large group

Overall we had a great dinner, and it is always nice to return to an old favourite. The menu has been kept fresh and and it is clear that Lobster Bar really cares about their food and keeping their customers coming back. I’m glad to see that they are expanding their range of seafood, while still keeping their most popular items like the lobster sandwiches on the menu. If you are hankering for some shellfish, then this is the place to get it.

Lobster Bar is located at 56-13 Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-Gu, Seoul. To get there take a train to Itaewon Station (line 6) come out of exit 4 and walk straight, keep going until you reach Mcdonalds. Lobster Bar is on the 3rd floor just above Starbucks. For more information you can call them on 070-8225-3963 or check out facebook page.

Tongin Market

Street markets can found all over Seoul, but one of my favourites is Tongin Market. The small arcade style market is packed to the rafters with all kinds of wonderful traditional Korean street foods. The market is a short walk away from Gyeongbuk Palace, so its the ideal place to stop for lunch if you have visitors. It is also located in the cutest neighbourhood full of adorable and quirky one off stores, and my favourite British bakery Scoff.

One of the most charming things about this market, is that you can exchange 5,000 won for a collection of old coins and a lunch box. You can then use these coins to buy foods to fill your lunchbox. Most items cost 1-2 coins and there is a huge variety of different foods. Almost all of the different stalls offer this service. I am sure kids in particular would enjoy choosing their own foods in exchange for the coins, although even kidults like myself can enjoy it too.

We went to the market at 11am when it was just opening, so everything was extra fresh and just made, so we were able to get some incredible shots, soon after it opened the place began filling up with lunch box customers. One of the things yo have to try at Tongin market is their special crispy fried ddeokbokki, it comes in two ways, spicy and non spicy. Being a girl who is not into her heat I went for the milder sweet option.

There is also an incredible array of banchan style dishes, they have almost everything you could imagine and more. One of my favourites is the very simple fried egg veggies. There are numerous varieties, and with the coin system you can just pick out your favourites. There is also a lot of fried chicken on the stalls so if you haven’t had chance to try Korean fried chicken yet (the other KFC) then this is a great place to try it. I’m particularly fond of the Nyangnyeom sweet and spicy version.

If you are planning to eat your lunch box at the market, there is a seating area in the middle of the market, just above where you buy the lunchbox. If not just tell one of the stores you want your food to go and they will wrap it up for you, and will even give you chopsticks.

Tongin Market is located at 18 Jahamun-ro 15-gil, Cheongunhyoja-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul. To get there take a train to Gyeongbukgeong (line 3) and come out of exit 2. Walk straight for about 5 minutes. You will see the entrance to Tongin Market on your left hand side underneath the awning. For more information you can visit the Tongin Market website. The lunchbox coin exchange is open from 11am-4pm.