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Sindang-dong Tteokbokki 신당동 떡뻑이

As a typical Korean street snacks, tteokbokki can be found everywhere. Food carts, small food stall, food court, and in many restaurants in Seoul. Sindang-dong is a home for 15 over tteokbokki (rice cake) restaurants. Unlike those street-food tteokbokki, they serve it fresh, including the fish cakes, boiled egg, ramyeon noodle, fritters, and dumplings.

The best time to eat tteokbokki is at night. As the night gets deeper, the more people coming to  Sindang-dong. Most of the restaurants are open 24 hours.

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The most famous and original tteokbokki is created by a street food vendor, Ma Bok-rim. According to the history, the recipe was invented by accident when she accidentally dropped a rice cake into her father-in-law’s jajangmyeon or chinese noodles with black bean sauce. It tasted better than her expectation and then she started to experiment with spicy chilli paste or gojuchang 고추장.

Since the original tteokbokki is created by Ma Bok-rim, this restaurant is where we are heading to. The legendary restaurant is opened since 1953. There a few people waiting in the queue before us. So I walk around and see the restaurant where CN Blue’s Yonghwa and SNSD Seohyun had their first date in the Korean variety show “We Got Married”. 

Ma-Bok-Rim Tteokbokki, since 1957

The legendary Ma-Bok-Rim Tteokbokki 마복림 떡뻑이, since 1957

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Grandmother Ma Bok Rim’s Youngest Son 마복림 할머니 막내 아들이, restaurant where Yonghwa and Seohyun had their first date for ‘We Got Married’

We Got Married Banner in front of the restaurant

We Got Married Banner in front of the restaurant

Sindang Tteokbokki is served as one whole meal. First, the tteokbokki (rice cakes, noodles, fishcakes, fritters, dumplings and boiled eggs, some seasonings and sauce) will come in a huge pan filled with water and cook just like a hot pot. Now we just need to wait till it’s cooked…

You can add extra toppings like cheese, ramyeon noodles, fried dumplings, etc if you like. When it is cooking, you have to keep stirring to prevent the rice cakes from sticking to the pan. After waiting, our tteokbokki is ready!

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The secret of this restaurant’s tteokbokki lies in the fact that red pepper paste is mixed with Chinese soybean paste for a sweet and spicy taste. This is very different from the street-tteokbokki, with unique and savoury taste, not too spicy.

So interested to try the original taste of this Korean tteokbokki? Sindang-dong is waiting for you 🙂

How to go there:
– Take subway to Sindang Station (line 2 or 6, green or light brown line) and take exit #7. Keep walking straight and after 5-10 minutes you will see Jungbu Fire Station. Walk pass the big signage of “Sindangdong Tteokbokki Town”. Look to your left and you will see the large restaurant sign with a picture of the elderly Ma-Bok-Rim.
Opening Hours: 9:00 am ~ 1:00 am (weekdays)
Closing Days: Every second & fourth Mondays of the month, Chinese New Year, & Chuseok holidays
Contact No: (02) 2232-8930
Ma-Bok-Rim Menu: Tteokbokki
10,000 KRW (for two) / 12,000 KRW (for three) / 17,000 KRW (for four) / 20,000 KRW (for five)
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