** November 2015 Update: The streets of Noryangjin have been rebuilt, and they don’t have the outdoor food stands anymore 😦
Until recently, I knew Noryangjin only as a place with the fresh fish market. But I found out from my co-worker that it is also famous for having a lot of students in sweatpants who dedicate their life to studying (츄리닝족, “training tribe”). And when those students are hungry, they go to the street food stands(길거리음식) which offer full meals at around 3,000 KRW (~3 USD)!!
How do I get there?
Go to Noryangjin Station (Line 1 or Line 9) and get out of exit 1 or 2. Cross the bridge connected to exit 2 to go to the other side of the street. Go down the stairs on the left side. After you pass Hana Bank on your right and you will start seeing some food stands on your left.
What can I eat there?
- Fried Rice– They are called cup rice (컵밥). There are SO many different kinds. And so much rice. You will definitely be stuffed after eating this whole bowl. All for 3,000 KRW.
Tuna Mayo Fried Rice
Beef Kimchi Fried Rice, Pork Kimchi Fried Rice
- Rice Porridge– Feel like you’re about to catch a cold? Have some rice porridge to-go!
- Chicken Skewer– long chicken skewers for 1,500 KRW. And some Ssiat hotteok for dessert 🙂 Cheese flavor chicken for 2,000 KRW.
- Beef Pho and Seafood Pad Thai– There’s yellow radish as a side dish and some red chili paste to adjust your taste. 3,000 KRW each. I recommend the pho.
- Burgers and Hotdogs- I have not tried these yet! It didn’t look too busy when I went.
- Pancake Hotdogs– One of the most popular food stands. You will have to get in line from the left side, eat on the counter, and exit from the right side.
This is a hotdog that uses pancakes instead of the traditional hotdog bun. It tastes exactly like a hotdog, but slightly sweet. It is topped with ketchup, mustard, some kind of mayo salad and cheese. 1,500~2,000 KRW. One cup of coke included. Pay an extra 100 KRW for one extra cup of coke. You can’t have more than two cups.
Ham Cheese means sausage + cheese powder and Double Cheese means sausage + slice cheese + cheese powder (치즈가루).
- Chicken Curry Ddeokbokki with Cheese– There are many kinds of Ddeokbokki available at this stand, but I recommend this combination. The crunchy chicken matches the ddeokbokki sauce and melting cheese very well. ~3,000 KRW
- Ice Cream Waffle Sandwich– Will you have room for dessert after so much good cheap food? If so, have this. 1,500 KRW
Where can I eat the food?
- On the counter of the food stand- You may feel rushed to eat faster at popular food stands.
- Sit in front of McDonald’s. It’s practically a bench for the food stands.
- Order it “to-go” (포장- pojang) , walk to the Han River, and have a picnic there.
- Find a self-serve beer pub that allows you to bring food.
How much money do I need?
You only need 3,000 KRW~ 6,000 KRW to get one full meal with some dessert and a drink.
Extra: If you walk further down and cross a big street, you’ll also find a juice stand called Teruwa that offers drinks for 1,500 KRW and 2,000 KRW. They called it “fruit juice” but it was more like shaved ice in a cup. Not the best drink ever, but still nice.
Hope you enjoy these food stands as much as I did!