One of the interesting places hubby and I got the chance to visit in Seoul, South Korea last month is Gwangjang Market, one of the oldest and largest traditional markets in Korea. It is a stop included in a Free Korea Transit Tour we signed up for. The 5-hour tour is called Seoul City Tour 2.
The market was bustling with visitors and locals, but mostly locals. According to our tour brochure, about 65,000 people visit the market each day.
Food stands with all sorts of Korean dishes greeted our eyes and nostrils. It was difficult to decide what to eat! Should we have pajeon, the Korean pancake? Fresh octopus? Fish cake? Soup dumplings? Rice bowl?
We browsed through the food stands for a good half hour before deciding to sit down at one of the dumpling soup stands. The dumpling looked inviting, but we were not sure what was in them. The servers did not speak English, so asking wasn’t helpful. Customers were happily slurping their soup, so we shrugged and decided what the heck, let’s eat!
Hubby and I shared a steaming bowl of dumpling soup ($7). It was delicious! The dumpling with orange colored filling was kimchi dumpling and the one with the green colored filling was vegetable and meat dumpling. The meat tasted like pork and chicken, so I am assuming the filling is a mixture of meats.
In a scale of 1 to 10 of being a food adventurer, I would say, I am a 6. Not knowing what I was about to eat was an exciting gastronomic adventure, and yes, experimental. I would love to do it again!