Tteokbokki is a full stomach snack for students with light pockets and an eternal friend which reminds adults remind of their school days. However, tteokbokki is actually delicious to eat anytime, and in any way, but it is definitely a delicacy when you eat it in a small snack bar with friends who sit together.
The spicy taste that touches the tip of your nose and the chewy texture that hits the hearts of everyone, from students to adults! ‘What will we do tomorrow’ will introduce the tteokbokki restaurants that attract the maniac fans of this dish.
A 40-year-old tradition
‘Mom’s Hand tteokbokki’ in Seoul
When you think about ‘#Myungji University, this place comes to mind. ‘Mom’s Hand tteokbokki’ is a representative restaurant near Myungji University which opened over 40 years ago. Since it has been around for a long time, the memory and traces of students in Myungji University is painted on the walls. There’s no reason to doubt the delicious taste of the tteokbokki and the owner is also so generous, which is why the restaurant is full of people all the time.
Tteokbokki here is famous for having a strong curry taste. Even the scent of curry hits your nose before you dig in. In addition, the restaurant serves even more strong sweet flavors instead of spicy since it is in front of a school. The rice cake made with wheat which is makes it easy to eat quite charming. You will enjoy visits here whenever you miss the chewy wheat tteokbokki in front of school from your childhood.
French fries, tteokbokki’s best friend, is also popular. The fried squid, which is not actually listed on the menu but available, tastes very good, so please try it. But since it is so popular, it is very easy to sell out early. If you want to try both the fries and tteokbokki, it would be better to visit early in the afternoon.
Address: 37, Jeungga-ro 10-gil, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea
Opening hours: Everyday 09:00 ? 23:30 (Closed on holidays)
Price: tteokbokki 2,000 won, Yaki Dumplings, Moknani, Gimmali and fried squid 400 won
Contact: +82 2-305-7572
A subtle combination of tteokbokki and tangsuyuk (sweet and sour pork)
Youngdon Bunsik (Snack bar) Burger in Icheon
Youngdon Bunsik Burger is also a very popular tteokbokki restaurant for tourists who visit Icheon. Youngdon Bunsik Burger is in Icheon bus terminal; however, this place is not only famous with tourists, but also for nearby middle and high school students because their amounts are generous and price is reasonable. When you enter the store, you will see a full load of photos left by students who graduated from nearby schools.
The main menu here is ‘jutang’ which is a meal with tteokbokki, jumeok-bab and tangsuyuk together. They put tangsuyuk sauce on top of the newly fired tangsuyuk and put tteokbokki and jumeok-bab on it. The combination of sweet and sour sauce and spicy tteokbokki sauce is very addictive. They do not make jumeok-bab in advance, but they start to mix the ingredients when they receive an order. You can enjoy tteokbokki, jumeok-bab and tangsuyuk at the same time, it is enough for a full meal.
The mustard sauce made by the owner himself is a hidden treasure here. You should try the tteokbokki and tangsuyuk mixed with sauce and dip into the mustard sauce. You can enjoy a unique taste of tteokbokki that you couldn’t taste anywhere else.
Address: 1200, Iseopdaecheon-ro, Icheon-si, Gyeonggi-do, Republic of Korea
Opening hours: Everyday 08:00 ? 21:00, Sunday 00:00 ? 24:00 (Closed at second and fourth Sunday of month)
Price: jutang (jumeok-bab, tangsuyuk and tteokbokki) 4,000 won
Contact: +82 31-635-5089
Very addictive! If you try it one time, then you cannot stop visiting.
Barogjip in Daejeon
If you are looking for nice tteokbokki restaurant in Deajeon, please direct your attention to ‘Barogjip’. If you already live in Daejeon, you already know about this great restaurant located at the end of Daejeon’s Unhang-dong underground shopping center. There are also many dishes to eat with tteokbokki, it becomes crowded with people at mealtimes, however the biggest reason that Barogjip has become so popular is because of the addictive and unique flavor of their tteokbokki which if you taste one time, then you cannot stop visiting.
The barogjip’s Tteokpokki is often called “ice cream tteokbokki”, “condensed milk tteokbokki” and “dry milk tteokbokki.” As the nickname suggests, the tteokbokki in this restaurant has a “sweet and greasy” taste and that is why many people either love it or hate it. That said, for those who like it, it has a strange addiction, and once you start you cannot stop eating. Don’t you want to go to try to taste the harmony of greasy and spicy?
For people who want to enjoy the unique sauce taste of Barogjip, they sell tteokbokki sauce separately. It's also easy to buy online and is recommended for tteokbokki maniacs who cannot go to Daejeon easily.
Address: 145, Jungang-ro, Jung-gu, Daejeon, Republic of Korea
Opening hours: Everyday 11:00 ? 21:30 (Closed third Tuesday of each month)
Price: tteokbokki 4,500 won, tuna gibbab 4,000 won
Play only by taste
Shincheon Gungjeon (palace) Tteokbokki in Daegu
Daegu's new hot place, Shincheon market, is full of diverse food items. The most popular place among them is Shincheon Gungjeon Tteokbokki. The place is always full of the people who want to eat in or take out. However, the menu is very light compared to the number of people. Tteokbokki, dumplings, and fish cake, only three of these dishes have ever been on the menu.
The taste of the food reflects the simple menu. You can't find any ingredients except rice cakes and some vegetables on top of the tteokbokki along with soup. Eschewing unnecessity, they only play with flavors. The extra sauce on one side of the bowl demonstrates the concern of the owner for people who cannot eat spicy food. Try to relieve your stress by eating a bowl of tteokbokki, which is full of the owner's pride and consideration.
There is no parking available here. Therefore, many people park their cars in the alley in front of the store. However, this is a place where crackdowns on illegal parking is often taking place. If you want to park safely, use the public parking lot on the side of the road. The parking fee is 600 won for the first 30 minutes, and an additional 300 won is charged every 10 minutes thereafter.
Address: 72, Gukchaebosang-ro 162-gil, Suseong-gu, Daegu, Republic of Korea
Opening hours: Everyday 11:00 ? 21:00 (Closed on Tuesday)
Price: tteokbokki 1,000 won, 7 Fish cakes 1,500 won, 10 Dumpling 1,500 won
The restaurant for real Sokcho folks
Jorongbak (calabash) Tteokbokki in Sokcho
If you live in Sokcho, this is a place you should know. Jorongbak Tteokbokki is loved by many tteokbokki maniacs and is one of Sokcho's oldest restaurants, having been open for two generations. Perhaps that’s why most patrons here have been coming for over 10 to 20 years. The restaurant is loved by local people and the taste is guaranteed.
The feature of this restaurant is that it only serves instant tteokbokki. Tteokbokki with chewy noodles, glass noodles, and cabbages in a pot reminds us of budaejigae. ‘Yachaebbang (Vegetable bread)’, made of various vegetables, mayonnaise, and ketchup, is also a must-eat item here. Get rid of stress with spicy tteokbokki and soothe your hot mouth with crunchy sweet yachaebbang!
For those who don't like sweets, the tteokbokki in this restaurant will taste very sweet. However, the sauce is not mixed into the soup, but served on top of the tteokbokki, so don't worry too much. If you prefer spicy tteokbokki, maybe it would be better that you remove half of the brown sugar from the sauce.
Address: 107-2, Subok-ro, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do, Republic of Korea
Opening hours: Everyday 10:00 ? 20:00 (Closed on Sundays and holidays)
Price: tteokbokki 4,000 won, Yachaebbang 1,200 won
Tteokbokki is always right ♡
It is nice you can have tteokbokki even with light pockets. And if you're a maniac fan of tteokbokki or someone who wants to eat their stress away, why don't you try the famous tteokbokki restaurants that we have introduced today one by one? Your blues will disappear!
Photos: Editor’s own, Youngdon Bunsik Burger facebook etc.