BOTH: Annyeong chingu! MINA: Today we are at Mangwon market. It’s my first time here. How about you? MOMMY OH: Yeah. First time. MINA: We’re not sure exactly what’s in store, but I’m pretty sure there’s gonna be some street food. We took exit two from Mangwon station and turned right onto World Cup 13 Street. Oh check out this cart! MOMMY OH: This one is well-cooked soybean. Smash it, and make this form and dry it. MINA: These blocks of fermented soybeans are called meju, and they’re used to make doenjang and gochujang. MINA: It smells very strong. Like, I’m like two feet away from it, and, oh it’s just radiating a fragrance. Yeah, smells a bit pungent. MOMMY OH: Mm-hmm, but it is a healthy food. No preservatives. MINA: You know what else is healthy? Steam! Over there! We have gogi wang mandu, kimchi wang mandu, tong mandu. And jjinbbang! Oh man, the steam action is no joke. It’s making me drool and my mouth is going to leak an ocean. I feel like I’m watching clouds in time-lapse mode. The kimchi, we expect, is gonna be a little spicy, so let’s start off with the gogi mandu. The meat dumpling contains scallion, cabbage, noodles, and, of course, protein. Mommy Oh is getting a steam facial, haha! Ooh! Haha, I can barely see you! MOMMY OH: Hi Mina! MINA: It’s a very satisfying filling. It is savory. It is meaty. Up next is: MOMMY OH: Kimchi mandu. MINA: Kimchi dumplings. This might be a little spicy. The filling looks similar as the gogi mandu, but more red. MOMMY OH: Spicy. You will like it. You will love it. MINA: How spicy is it? MOMMY OH: Almost 5 out of 5 for me. MINA: I think everything is five out of five for you always! It takes a while for that spiciness to hit you. I think I spit something onto my jacket, and it just… got stuck. Oh now. I’m feeling it. It’s a slow riser. Oh, now I’m really feeling it. As we film this it is winter. It is pretty chilly, but in the mouth, it’s summer! It’s pretty spicy, but I’m gonna say: Three and a half, for the spice, out of five. Because, if it’s 5 out of 5, that means, I can’t hear. MOMMY OH: Ok, dessert dumpling. I like the smell. MINA: (gasps) It’s so soft! Okay, the bottom is wet, and it’s not very pleasant, but the top is a little bit more dry and it’s very soft. It feels like a pillow! Inside the jjinbbang is pat, red bean paste. Mommy Oh says the skin smells lightly of makgeolli. When you have jjinbbang, the first bite is the most bland. When you get to the middle, it gets more tasty. So let’s have another bite. Oh man, the inside was hot in that, so the spiciness from the dumpling resurrected. I feel like it’s not too sweet, the filling. We have street food, and also street shopping. This stall is selling all sorts of Korean crackers. MOMMY OH: Sesame snack! MINA: You could definitely see some sesame on that. Sweet… like, uh… 20 percent? The next cracker we tried is made of bala hyeonmi, germinated brown rice. It’s mostly crunchy, but there is a slight moisture to it. Can you show us what you got? MOMMY OH: Sesame snack, 5,000 dollars. MINA: Little did I know that Mommy Oh was such a baller. MOMMY OH: Won. MINA: 5,000 won, yes. Mommy Oh also bought five yakgwa for 2,000 won. Yakwa are traditional Korean confections that are deep-fried and soaked in honey. Here we have a mini stall selling dried persimmon. More fresh produce. That scallion looks a bit… tired. These oranges always crack me up. Look how they just pop out on the top. Okay, this whole time we thought we were at the Mangwon market, but there’s an actual, like, place for it! I thought it just, like, a pop-up! Ooh, what’s the action going on in here? The vendor brushes on sauce. Mmm… edible paint. I’m told that the dakgangjeong here is quite delicious, that it is one of the most popular things to eat on this street, so we’re on the hunt for that. Do you think we eat that much chili in one lifetime? Here we have samples of… jelly, acorn jelly. MOMMY OH: But it’s not dessert jelly, it is side dish jelly. MINA: You know what? It’s so cold they didn’t refrigerate the yogurt! It’s just out here. We have a skincare shop. Face Shop! This is where I buy all my lotion and toners. Whoa! That’s so cool! I’ve had kalguksu before, but I’ve never seen it being made, so what a joy! It’s like he’s conditioning hair! Wow. In a matter of minutes this place got full. When you go to Korean restaurants, they love to advertise the fact that they’re on TV. Wow. For 3,000 won, look at this big bowl! On the top they put on seaweed as well as sesame seeds and scallions. MINA: First, let’s try the soup. It tasted a little bland. Alright, we’re gonna put a little tadaegi (?) in that. This stuff is pretty potent, so just put a little bit at a time. I can’t see. If there’s one word I had to use to describe this… clean. Guilt-free. We have… bungeoppang, sold at a flower shop! What a combo! The name of this shop is Mashineun Jip. Delicious house! You know, the joy of traveling with your parents is you learn something new on the way. Like it brings back certain memories from them, and then they pass them on to you. Next door we have a banchan shop. They sell all sorts of Korean side dishes Oftentimes when you buy hotteok, the vendor will fold it in half and slide it into a cup. This must be the famous dakgangjang shop. Check out this line! There must be, like, a good… 20 people? Called hongeo muchim in Korean, these are raw skate fish, seasoned and wrapped in leaves. This is the perilla leaf and the stem is a little bit hairy. Comes in a cute little cup. It fits in my palm! Very sweet. Kinda like melted candy? There is some spiciness to it, but it is sweeter than spicy. The texture… something very rugged. Man, that hongeo? No matter how much you chew some parts of it, it just doesn’t break down. (Bro, you asked for it. You’re in the vid!) Fire-breathing dragon. The sweetness dies off. The spicy… lingers. Alright, the flames calmed down. The makgeolli is a great fire extinguisher. You know if you hear all the sounds, like, people yelling, they’re trying to attract your attention As the vendor continues to shout, he carefully arranges the mandarins into a pyramid and takes time to peel off the little bits. Here’s another stall that sells dakgangjeong. Woah, how many flavors is that? (Mina counts to seven) And this here is rice cakes. Holy moly, how long is this street? So the vendor here has told me this is the original hotteok, so I think we’re gonna have to try it. MOMMY OH: Over here, all other hotteoks are deep fried. But over here, just, you know, it isn’t like pan-fried. MINA: This is cheon won for one. MOMMY OH: Green tea hotteok. MINA: It’s green tea! MOMMY OH: I went to Namdaemun to buy flowers today, And over there I tried two kinds of hotteok. This one’s third for me today. This is the best. MINA: Let’s try THE BEST hotteok! Ooh! Before I even took the full bite of that I smell the nuttiness from it. Wow, it’s very chewy. Oh, it’s a little black sesame Hangin’ out. What is he doing there? He should be inside. He’s on vacation. Is that leaf in there I see? We soon cross paths with a vehicular road, however the market continues on the other side. About ten years ago, maybe even more, when I came to Korea I bought a toilet sign, and I put it on my closet door. I think we finally made it to the end of this market. These rice cakes contain makgeolli. Called burisultteok (?), this batch is steamed and prepared in the traditional style. It’s Saturday night, so Mommy Oh gonna get crunked up. MOMMY OH: And I love makgeolli. MINA: It’s your lucky day! The cracks… they remind me of the desert. Whoa, it’s very moist in the inside. What is under that wrapping? MOMMY OH: Hobak tteok! MINA: That looks so beautiful! Oh my, I think I’m gonna have to try that. So much substance. Oof. Love! We have chestnut, peas, steamed squash, dried squash, and, at first glance these look like red beans, But the vendor said she used hedge beans. So the vendor just told us this one tastes better when it’s warm. But it’s cold outside, but it’s okay. We’ll give it a shot anyways. MOMMY OH: This one is a little chewy. MINA: Oh, definitely chewy. The first one we had tasted like, um… Youth. Like an easy youth. This one, It’s a little bit more rugged. It’s got more texture. With that said, I prefer this second one we just tried. Why’d you pack it already? I want another bite! There’s some resistance when you pull away. We finally made it to the end! U-turn! There’s one thing we didn’t eat yet. It’s the dakgangjeong, but there was a queue at both of the stalls. Alright, we’re gonna brave this line. Who knows how long it’s gonna take. It is 6:48. They also sell dakddongjip – chicken gizzards. The literal translation being chicken poop house. They’re seen as a delicacy in some cultures. Four minutes later, we are next in line. Hmm, the wait was not as long as I had predicted. High five! We’re gonna get the spicy one and the cheese one. This is 3,000 won. MOMMY OH: I like it! MINA: Because you like tteok! If it’s tteok you’ll like it. Oh wow, the outside is hard. A lil’ spicy. Mommy Oh, I offer to you the first bite of the cheesy fried chicken. Verdict? Conclusions? Does it taste cheesy? Not cheesy? Why is it not cheesy? MOMMY OH: It’s like a sauce. MINA: Oh, it’s not real cheese. I see what you mean, it’s not very cheesy. It’s saucy. I prefer the inside over the exterior. This time we’re going to try the maekom dakgangjeong. Very sweet. Certainly not as sweet as the wrap we had earlier today. MOMMY OH: Actually, I like the second one. Maekom dakgangjeong, because maekom dakgangjeon is crunchy outside. MINA: This little outlet leads to residences. What is your favorite thing you ate today? MOMMY OH: You know, good things come in threes. So, number one: kalguksu. Nokcha hotteok, green tea hotteok… bali makgeolli tteok. Right? MINA: I would say those are my top three as well. Actually my top three for today are: nokcha hotteok, hobak tteok, kalguksu. If you prefer stronger and sweeter flavors, you’ll likely enjoy the dakgangjeong. The one that made me the most emotional was the hongeo wrap. Because it was so sweet! MOMMY OH: And spicy. MINA: Yeah it was like, super sweet, and then it got super spicy. We’re gonna head back to our accommodation. Originally we were gonna go to Dongdaemun and have street food there and film another video. But we’re pretty full right now, so we’re gonna call it a day. We’ll see you guys in the next travel video. BOTH: Annyeong! MINA: Craving for more travel videos? Be sure to check out my other channel, Miss Mina Oh. We explore countries outside of Korea, from Singapore to Japan to Indonesia and plans for other continents are in the works.