I Love Sindangdong Tteokbokki $
302-4 Sindang 1-dong, Jung-gu
HOURS: Daily 24 hours,
but closed on the first and third Monday of each month
COST: Entrées less than ₩10,000
SUBWAY: Sindang (Lines 2, 6)
This sprawling eatery is the result of the merger of seven smaller restaurants that populated Sindang-dong Tteokbokki Town, an area specializing in (as the name implies), tteokbokki, a popular street snack of cylindrical rice cakes, fish sausage, and vegetables simmered in a sweet but fiery pepper sauce.
The district has been around for decades and there are other tteokbokki venues that are better-known or older, but none can compete with I Love Sindangdong Tteokbokki in terms of scale or variety.
In addition to the standard version of tteokbokki, the restaurant offers beef, seafood, cheese, and ultra-spicy variants, at low enough prices that enthusiasts can probably afford to sample all of them. A laid-back, festive atmosphere is cultivated further by regular retro DJ sets and live guitar performances.
© Jonathan Hopfner from Moon Seoul, 1st Edition