The tteokbokki maniac, Kyuhyun, is back!
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In May, Super Junior's Kyuhyun made a comeback with his single album, “The Day We Meet Again”, after completing his military service. Kyuhyun loves tteokbokki （stir-friend rice cakes) so much that even he himself thinks it's really serious. He eats tteokbokki 3 times a week on average and is said to have toured delicious tteokbokki restaurants every week even during his military service. Here are the delicious tteokbokki restaurants that the widely-recognized tteokbokki enthusiast, Kyuhyun, has visited.
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If you search the key words “Kyuhyun” and “tteokbokki” on portal websites, this restaurant will come up the most. Next to his autograph that is posted inside the store, Kyuhyun wrote “I discovered a good restaurant for the first time in a long time.” The signature menu at this restaurant recognized by Kyuhyun as a gastroventure is the Cheese Jjoladang, which is a combination of tteokbokki and three types of noodles including jjolmyeon (chewy noodles), ramyeon (instant noodles), and dangmyeon (glass noodles). The balance between the spicy sauce and the creamy cheese is spectacular. There are also dishes available for those who cannot eat spicy foods, including Rose Tteokbokki and Jjajang Tteokbokki.
Address: 88-21, Ehwayeodae-gil, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul
Operating hours: 11:00-21:30 (June-August 11:00-22:30) Closed on Monday
Directions: Subway line no. 2 Ehwa Womans University Station (#241), 6 min. walk from Exit 1
There is no way Kyuhyun would overlook “I Love Sindangdong”, a restaurant famous for on-the-spot tteokbokki. The love the restaurant has received from celebrities can be proved by all the autographs that are posted on the door. Because they operate 24 hours a day, you can enjoy tteokbokki at any time you desire. Their signature dish is the Sindangdong Tteokbokki, which comes with generous sides including ramyeon (instant noodles), mandu (dumplings) and eomuk (fish cake), which can be ordered additionally according to your taste. The “DJ booth” is also just as famous as their tteokbokki. The DJ will even play requested songs. There are also live performances by acoustic guitar performers every 2 hours from 7 pm to 3 am.
Address: 50, Toegye-ro 76-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
Operating hours: 00:00-24:00 (Closed every 1st/3rd Monday)
Directions: Subway line no. 2 or 6 Sindang Station (#206, #635), 5 min. walk from Exit 7
This tteokbokki restaurant is located in an alleyway in front of Hanyang University and also boasts an autograph of Kyuhyun on its wall. The restaurant's tteokbokki is special because of the peculiar, chewy texture of its main ingredient, rice cake, which has attracted numerous regular customers. The most popular item on the menu is the Tteokbokki Twigim Beombeok, which is tteokbokki with bite-sized pieces of long rice cake mixed with fried glass noodles wrapped in seaweed (kimmari) and squid. The combination of the crispy fried foods with the sauce will awaken your appetite.
Address: 33, Majo-ro, Seongdong-gu, Seoul
Operating hours: 10:30-24:00 (Closed on Sunday)
Directions: Subway line no. 2 (#208), line no. 5 (#540), Jungang line (#K116), Bundang line, Wangsimni Station (#K210), 3 min. walk from Exit 6
The interior of the restaurant is extremely charming and looks like a modern pub from the exterior, rather than a tteokbokki restaurant. The walls of this restaurant are filled with autographs from celebrities, including Kyuhyun's. The signature menu is Perilla Leaf Tteokbokki, which contains miltteok (soft wheat cake) in a sweet and spicy sauce garnished with perilla leaves. The Triple Cheese Tteokbokki, which is topped with a generous amount of cheddar, emmental and parmesan cheese, is also popular. Various side menus, including mini gimbap and stir-fried Korean sausage with perilla leaves (Kkaennip Sundae Bokkeum), are also available.
Address: 14, Eonju-ro 130-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
Operating hours: 11:30-3:00 (check website for holidays)
Directions: Subway line no. 7 Hakdong Station (#731), 6 min. walk from Exit 1