Tteokbokki is like a staple food in Korea and you must try it if you are ever there! Sindang-dong is well-known for its Tteokbokki Town and the most famous restaurant is Mabongnim Halmeoni Tteokbokki. We accidentally went to the other branch owned by the grandmother’s youngest son appropriately named Mabokrim Halmeoni Maknae Adeulne. This was also the restaurant where the popular YongSeo couple from We Got Married did their filming. smile
We wandered around the neighbourhood aimlessly and was almost giving up when we decided to give it a last shot and asked for directions from a Korean. Truly, the moment we mentioned “tteokbokki” we were given the right directions by him lol! bigsmile I guess we went to the wrong station, should have went via Sindang.
Found the restaurant! Ignore the touts from other restaurants cos most of them will be bugging you to try theirs. Don’t be tempted! tongue
At one glance, the restaurant is simple with an authentic interior. We were told to sit upstairs with no one around. I think they sat all the foreigners here cos there was a Chinese staff dedicated to serve this level. Nevermind, cos we sat at the exact spot that YongSeo couple did lol! bigsmile
Ordering is extremely simple. Just inform the staff the set meal that you wish to order, in accordance to the number of people. We ordered the 2 persons set for 11,000 won (S$13.50) which was really worth it given the large pot of ingredients. It was too much for the 2 of us, I think it can even feed more than 3 people.
The pot of goodness was served initially as a clear broth. There were fish cake, tteokbokki, cabbage, sausages, green onions, egg, Korean noodles, instant noodles, mandu (dumpling) and of course, the amazing gochujang (red chili paste). The red chilli paste is a staple seasoning in Korean dishes, especially tteokbokki. You can buy it from any Korean supermarket.
Once it starts to boil, we had to mix the gochujang and ingredients together and constantly stir it to prevent the noodles and rice cake from sticking to the pot. Let it continue to boil and simmer to achieve a thickened consistency. And it’s ready to eat! smile
It was very satisfying to have this in the cooling weather. The ingredients were soaked in the sweet and spicy broth which made this extremely delicious, especially the noodles and mandu. The set also comes with danmuji, a sweet and sour yellow pickled radish that goes very well with the spicy tteokbokki.
A perfect cup of strawberry ice cream to end the meal. smile
Mabokrim Halmeoni Maknae Adeulne (마복림할머니막내아들네)
Address in English: 292-112 Sindang-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea (Google Maps)
Opening hours: 7am – 1am daily
Take the green line (Line 2) or light brown line (Line 6) to Sindang Station, come out from Exit 8. Keep walking straight along the main road and turn left into a side road, you will see Jungbu Fire Station. Continue walking and you will see a huge signage “Sindang-dong Tteokbokki Town (신당동떡볶이골목)”. The restaurant is located on the left after the signage.
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