A few weeks ago, on Easter, M. and I, along with a friend, went to one of our favorite areas in Seoul, Daelim, for some Northeastern Chinese food and a sunny Sunday afternoon stroll.
The area around Daelim station, on Line 2, is known as a Korean Chinese area, where many Joseon-jok, or Chinese-born Koreans, live. There's fresh and cheap produce, including cilantro (a relatively rare find here), numerous dumpling and noodle shops, dog hot pot restaurants and grocery stores selling everything from spices to dried noodles to baijiu (a.k.a. Chinese "white lightning") if you want it. I typically go there to get cilantro, plump shallots, and ginger root, and get another bottle of my favorite Chinese black vinegar when I run out (it's great stir-fried with eggplant).
Though I plan to write more about this in the near future, for my first post about Daelim I thought I'd let the pictures speak for themselves.
|Promoting an international dialing code from Korea to China|
|Selling jewelry on the street in front of a sign for a 24-hour hot pot restaurant|
|Stir-fried lamb with two kinds of chiles|
|Beef soup noodles|
|Plump boiled dumplings (shui jiao 水饺) stuffed with ground pork and celery|
|Produce and pickles on display outside a small shop (I bought shallots and garlic here)|
|Selling baozi 包子|
|Baijiu 白酒 on display in a shop|
|Mixed script sign advertising "Hometown dog meat hot pot"|