Sunday, September 25, 2011

신당동 떡볶이 타운 (Sindang dong Dduk Boek-ki town) and RENT

     Last week has been a shuffle through time. I've been all over the place since the week began and in so, I was able to explore some new (and old areas).
     On Wednesday a few friends and I went to see RENT, but before that we went to Sindang. Sindang is an area renowned for it's Dduk boek-ki, a classic kid's dish (equivalent to mac'n'cheese). If you don't know what ddok boek-ki is, wander the streets playing all over Seoul~ those glutinous sticks of rice are simmered in a 고추장 sugar sauce along with fish cakes and veggies. The stew is rumored to be more "flavorful" and "tasty" due to some magic sauce mixture. Every place lining the street is some sort of restaurant and the one we went to is called "I Love Sindandong" 아이러브신당동. This rumor seems to ring true "I Love Sindandong" was PACKED!
the menu (photo taken by VeganBeats)
     This place offers a lot of options. You can throw in loads of veggies, fishcakes, cheese, ramen, etc. I personally am not a ddok boek-ki fan~ at all, so I didn't nom on any of this but my friends seemed to really love it! They ordered the kind with some ramen and what was served to us was not only ample, but affordable.
before (photo taken by VeganBeats)
     The dish was cooked by us, for us and quickly the sauce started to thicken up and we ended up having a massive postion of cakes and spicey sauce.
after (photo taken by VeganBeats)
Directions: Sindang station (line 6 and line 2). Get out exit 8, take your first left and walk straight until you see a big lit up sign that says "신당동 떡볶이타운"
아이러브신당동 Restaurant in on the right side
phone #: 02-2232-7872

     After we wandered over to see RENT...
the RENT poster (photo taken by VeganBeats)
     The last live performance I went to was "Grease" and judging by these two theatrical performances, Korea does shows well! Rent deals with homosexuality, AIDs, sex...things generally not acknowledged openly here. I was surprised by the accuracy of the performance. Seeing homosexuality displayed so openly (even though it's scripted) was relieving. 

We got our tickets on with a coupon so we dropped 35, are a bit pricier (try 70,000W) but...GO!!!

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