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– We are here in Korea. We’re in Seoul, Korea. I’ve wanted to come here since
I started doing the show. We are ready to go to what I think is my favorite place to eat. The single best place
for Korean street food, in all of Seoul. Gwangjang Markets to me is
one of the most intense, hectic and really rewarding
experiences you can have as soon as you land in Korea. To me it’s a place that I like to come and feel grounded and be
reminded that this is Korea. The way that it looks, the way
it feels, the way it smells. When you see the food, the vendors, it is such a complete experience. The market it self is over 100 years old. Survived the Korea world
and it’s such a contrast to Korea as a whole, which
is such a technological and an economic engine as to Marvel. So some of the things
that we’re gonna eat here are the classics of Korean street food. We’re gonna have knife cut noodles in this beautiful anchovies broth. We’re gonna have some
boiled Mandoo or dumplings and we’re gonna have what
I think is more of the most amazing specialties you
can find anywhere in Korea. Honestly, it’s mind-blowing. (oriental music) You can see the pile of the dumplings. When I come to Gwangjang Market, I especially like the
noodles and dumplings. To me, they remind me of food
that my grandma would make. The cook here has literally
made 10s of thousands, maybe hundreds of thousands
of dumplings in her life. There’s two different
kinds of mandoo here. So they have a meat one right here. That’s the one that’s clearly not pink. And that one’s a kimchi one. If you come here and you’re sneezy, it’s not a good place to sit. (laughing) She kind of gave me this
dipping sauce for the mandoo and its a combination of
gochugaru or Korean chili flakes, soy sauce, some chilies
in there, a bunch of, just all little good
stuff that’s gonna make every bite of your mandoo amazing. (moaning) Korean dumplings are unique. They’re a little bit
larger and you can see that they don’t have the beautiful
crimp of a Chinese dumpling. But what it lacks in style,
makes up for in flavor. The inside is full of chopped or minced ground beef,
some tofu, scallions. It’s not overwhelming in flavor. It’s not like, but with
the dumpling wrapper, it becomes just one bite. It’s just this one food thing. (disco music) Korean knife-cut noodles. They make the dough from scratch. They’re cutting it with a knife. You see the unevenness
of the actual noodles. It’s that rusticness, that
rustic flavor that really gives it that home-style feel. Oh yeah, this ones
definitely heavy in anchovy. A real common base for Korean soups, definitely a strong flavor of seaweed. I’m crying right now. And this is actually
because it’s delicious. It’s perfect. It’s so perfect. The noodle texture is so fantastic. To me, almost resembles
the kind of udon-ness. So if you’ve got Udon noodles. Alittle bit thicker. It’s kind of a nice bite. It’s certainly not chewy. It’s easy to eat. Slight bounce in there to
remind you that this is, you know, this is good stuff. You have this scallion and chili sauce that you can add on if you really want. You can like turbo charge
your broth like that. This is just heaven to me. This is all I need, you know. This is. Some mandoo, some kalguksu,
and some motorcycle exhaust. I feel like I’m back in Korea. (pop music) So, mayak is like drug and
apparently the drug part of it is actually this hot
mustard dipping sauce. So these, these kimbap,
they pretty much have curry and also pickles daikon raddish. So let’s dip it. Oh! I just cleaned out my nasal passages. So we’re in the middle of
this market right here. This is sort of the hub. There’s sort of a bunch
of spokes that go out and this is the middle of the market. You can see that this is where
the center of the action is. You’re seeing mung bean is being ground. People are cooking. Pots are boiling. You’re smelling things getting pried. You’re hearing people
shouting out and barking and trying to get you to buy their food. It’s just this overall amazing experience of toking in and hearing and smelling everything that is Korea. Mmm. (piano playing) To me, this is the main event. It’s in the center of the market. This is really where
you’re starting to see multiple bindaetteok vendors. This is what I want. See the golden brown pucks
of just amazing carbs. It’s almost intoxicating to be here. I love the mills that are just grinding up the mung beans fresh and how it spills out it’s side, it’s so oozy and satisfying. This is beautiful stacks. I just wanna take one home. It is one of the actually
oldest recorded Korean dishes from the 1600s and interestingly enough you can see the cognate
between Chinese and Korean because Bindaettoek was
originally called Bingzi. Bing is a Chinese word for pancake. So, that’s why you’re kind of
seeing it slightly shifted. Look how thick it is. This is probably twice as thick as your standard issue Bindaettoek. What’s marvelous about the ones here is how well they’re fried. It holds together. It’s shatteringly crisp, you hear that? (food crackling) So there’s bean sprouts in here. They have some aromatics like scallion. But really this is
freshly ground mung beans and all you do is dip
it in this super simple soy with raw onion sauce. (food crunching) Mmm It’s so legit. So, this one’s actually
a little more traditional seeming just ’cause it’s got
the flex of the green onion in there and got green onion pieces. Wow, mmm. A ting like okonomiyaki. That kind of vibe. ‘Cause what you’re getting with this meat, the meat filled kind. And it’s delicious, it’s super good. Mmm, it’s sort of like a mash, like a chickpea cornmeal type thing. Because the mung beans are ground with the stone mill, there’s a little bit of texture to them. It gets really nicely
fried on the outside. The inside is still a little gooey. Not quite like, uncooked. This just makes me happy. To me, it’s such a definitive
Korean street food. And I really think this is the best place that you can get it anywhere in Korean. It’s so loud in here. Like, with all the motorcycles
and the guys barking things and the people, but I love it. I love that century experience. It’s so grounding to come here. It’s said it’s a living museum
that’s still standing here and represents a time and a place in Korean culture and Korean history. Best impression of Korea,
Korea can make on itself. That’s what this is. Thanks so much for watching K-Town and if you wanna see more
episodes, click right here.

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100 thoughts on “A Korean Street Food Crawl at the Legendary Gwangjang Market — K-Town

  1. Really good video. Any more? How about the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul? I know it's has nothing to do with Korea but, your video was filmed so well, why not try someplace else?

  2. why barking, why not just shout or scream, dunno if i just missed what i hear but it feel weird and wrong at the same time

  3. Duuuuude!! Where have you been??! This is the quality content I subbed for, yet you disappeared like for a loooooong time. Welcome back!

  4. Love this. Really smart and not-cliche look at an important market. (That typically is covered with cliches). Can't wait to watch this season.

  5. Hi Matt. Happy to see another K-Town episode but sorry that this will be your last season. All my favorites have left.


  7. I can never see such food in Korean restaurants here (Saudi Arabia). The menus are usually reduced to tourist-level items.. Too bad this is the last season.

  8. I had no idea they ground the beans fresh. Looking forward to this season and thanks for the prior seasons!

  9. Kinda funny…how everything is made by hand, for food of love, yet crap pepper is used, rather than some fresh peppercorns!

  10. This video made me so happy! Been missing Korea recently, especially the food and was so happy you showed bindaetteok honestly my fave alongside mayak kimbap and japchae.

  11. Went there and it was a blast amazing food and personality. A must visit! Pancakes and everything is else is delicious! 😋

  12. Went there and it was a blast amazing food and personality. A must visit! Pancakes and everything is else is delicious! 😋

  13. I just watched WASSUP MAN (Joon Park of g.o.d.) yesterday when he was doing mukbang at gwangjang market…. and you uploaded this video the very next day…. and visited exact same shops… is this a collab???

  14. Gwanjang Market has some great food…but I would recommend checking out one of the less touristy markets.

  15. I always steer away from going to Korean only because I can't find a good guide/translator …I suck finding things in general …but man, does that food look amazing!

  16. For me, he talk too much.. even though, I know that his job to talk.. I prefer he eat more and talk less.. Sorry but not sorry, it's my opinion..

  17. May you find fair winds, following seas, clear skies…………………
    Health, happiness and continued success to you!

  18. Of all the food places we've been through around Seoul, Gwangjang is the best. Cheap and delicious! Plus very friendly ajummas.

  19. The yukhoe(korean version of beef tartare) at Gwangjang market is phenomenal!! My friend was really skeptical about it but was totally in love with it after trying it there!!

  20. Looks good good job keep up the good work I just subscribe please subscribe back in thank you 👍✌️

  21. Dining on a dime ended the meat show is done and this to sheesh what's the point being subbed to eater anymore

  22. Interesting! Another YouTuber said mayak kimbap was named cause it's addictive. Not cause of the sauce.

  23. 1:03 those pile of foods, remind me of Chihiro being lost at spirits food market. #SpiritedAway #千と千尋の神隠し 💐
    5:11 In Indonesia, we called it #BalaBala, or any other names, every region have their own names, but for the same thing, well at least share a same kind food.
    We don't deep it in sauce or mayo. But we eat it with chillies, directly.

  24. Yes, we are really looking forward to coming here next week!!! Glad you did a video on this market. I hope there's more Korea Videos!!

  25. Gwangjang Market was a nice surprise for me… It wasn’t on my itinerary but we found it when wandering around looking for Cheonggyecheon… And now I wanna go back!!

  26. I’m Japanese and Chinese American with an amazing Korean step mama, and I was fortunate enough to raise my kids in Korea!!! Korean food is the perfect balance of both my ethnicities!!!

  27. sichuan hot oil dumplings are folded like that too, and many parts of northern china have the round shaped dumplings too, theyre supposed to represent gold ingots

  28. 04:04 your ‘cleaning out my nasal passages’ face is too too adorable 😂🌶.. this was too awesome.

    Korea is def on the bucket list ✨✨

  29. It’s pretty funny how they have the most Americanized korean dude do the show…he is clearly uncomfortable in that market..

  30. This market is the main reason why I wanna go back to Seoul and just eat here every day! 😂 I didn’t see the dumplings but I ate the most amazing thinly sliced pork and also the sweet pancake in a cup. I think its called Hotteok. It was incredible. That market is pretty huge and so much food. Hard to resist the nice ladies trying to get you to eat their food. Love this place! 😁👍🏽

  31. been there 2yrs ago. it was so damn good. each section is so good and if you go you DEFFFFFF need to go and get that bindaetteuk! SO DAMN GOOD.

  32. You went to Gwangjang Market and didn't eat…Yukhoe… people from all over Korea comes to Gwangjang Market for Yukhoe, which is Korean style steak tartar…
    Hope you get to visit again to display the dish of Gwangjang Market!

  33. So, Netflix's "Street Food" also cover the same stuff. Which what majority of my Korean friends agree aren't street food. They are market food. "시장먹거리' as they would call it in Korea. So I'm wondering if the source that told Eater that this was street food, also told the Netflix's Street Food people.

  34. Gwangjang market was the first stop my friends and I went to on our trip to S. Korea. It was the best korean comfort food I have had, I loved how it kept us warm and bellies full, we went several times during our stay. Mandoo dumplings are my favorite and the tteokboki there. definitely beats myeongdong market for me haha.

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