Korea Trip 2018: Street Food (Ssamzigil area, Seoul)

During my second day in Korea – on what was a fairly warm day in Seoul – I checked out what appeared to be a tourist part of the city, near the Ssamzigil area along Insadong Street.

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I came to this little stand run by an elderly couple and was intrigued by the pictures showing the different chalbas that he was serving. I decided to get the Hot & Spicy Chicken Chalba, which cost 3,000 won each.

What’s a chalba? Well, according to the English words, it’s a Korean burrito.

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Well, it was really spicy – and greasy. Unfortunately, there didn’t seem to be any napkins – and there was no garbage can around! (I had to walk several blocks along Insadong Street before finding one.) But really greasy…

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I also tried the chicken skewer stand further down Insadong Street. It was 2,000 won per stick, and the options were – according to the displayed sign – spicy, regular, not spicy, barbecue, and salt & pepper. I picked the regular and found it to be spicy! I guess that explained the difference between “regular” and “not spicy”… or maybe the English words on the sign were not the proper translations.

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Once again, very sticky and messy like the chalba… and also the guy who ran the stand gave very tiny pieces of napkin.

Obviously, there were other things to try too on Insadong, but on this afternoon these were the only two things that I had.

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Korea Trip 2018: Day 2 (Cont’d)

Monday morning, September 10, 2018 – Day 2 of Korea Trip 2018: Sights from around my hotel area… I was staying at the Center Mark Hotel in Seoul…

After breakfast, I took a walk outside the hotel – this was 8:30 a.m. and there were many people commuting to work (or school). It was WARM…. holy cow…

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The walk had come after my breakfast at the hotel:

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20180909_143641[1].jpgView from one of the top floors in the hotel – looking out the window…

IMG_7886Then, to a temple near the hotel… Man, tons of people were here – it was now after 10 a.m. … I guess these folks don’t have to work!

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Then, in the late afternoon, street food…

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(More to come later…)