When someone asks me for recommendations on what to eat in Seoul, I will always tell them to visit Mabongnim Halmeoni Tteokbokki. Simply because this place serves the best tteokbokki (Korean rice cakes dish) that I have ever tried!
Mabongnim Halmeoni Tteokbokki
There is nothing fancy about this place. The interior is really simple – no fancy chairs or tables – but trust me, the tteokbokki is to die for! 🙂
The restaurant opens quite early in the morning so you can pick this as your breakfast place in Seoul! I visited the restaurant at around 7 am and there was no one else except for me and my friends. The lady who served us could not really speak English, but thankfully I had a local Seoulite friend who helped us with our order. But fret not, it is fairly simple to order the food. All you need to do is tell them which tteokbokki set you are getting, spiciness level and any add-ons you might want – that’s all.
Each tteokbokki set comes in a pan filled with rice cakes (duh!), fish cakes, dumpling, vegetables, ramen, jjeolmyeon (Korean noodle with chewy texture), seasoning and gochujang sauce (savoury and spicy Korean fermented sauce). If it’s not spicy enough, do ask for more gochujang sauce! Some people love their tteokbokki really spicy – according to my local friend, the spicier the tteokbokki, the better it is. Well, I personally do not recommend that, unless you can handle really spicy food. You know how Koreans can get pretty crazy when it comes to spicy food :p
I have tried various tteokbokki places in Singapore and Korea but none tasted as good as Halmeoni tteokbokki. It is certainly unlike any of those tteokbokki places that you can find on the streets in Seoul. The sweet and spicy sauce was highly addictive!! Writing about Halmeoni tteokbokki makes me feel like catching the next flight to Seoul now ㅠ.ㅠ
Anyway, if you have not tried this dish before and you want to try good tteokbokki, make sure to drop by Sindang Tteokbokki Town and look for Halmeoni Tteokbokki when you are in Seoul. You will not regret it! 😉
Mabongnim Halmeoni Tteokbokki Address: 5, Dasan-ro 35-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul Phone: +82-2-2232-8930 Opening hours: Mon - Fri 7AM to 1AM Sat - Sun 7AM to 2AM Closed every 2nd & 4th Mondays of each month. Located on the left side of "Singdangdong Tteokbokki Town" sign