One of the largest traditional market in South Korea, 남대문시장 Namdaemun Market 南大門市場 has been opened since 1964.
There are stores that serves as wholesale markets (starts from 11pm to next day wee hours), as well as retail sections (some stores start from 9am onwards, with push carts coming out closer to 11am).
With more than 10,000 stores, all sorts of stuff can be found here, including clothing, accessories, toys, kitchenware, etc. Of course, there are plenty of food options as well, from snack stalls to cafes and eateries. It seemed impossible to finish seeing and eating in one day.
Since we were staying quite near 남대문시장 Namdaemun Market 南大門市場, we popped over quite a number of times for eating and shopping. In fact, hubby even managed to haggle a little for cheap men’s socks 😮 (Though we did see even cheaper ones at Dongdaemun…)
First thing we did was to get a map of the Namdaemun Market at the Information Centre near Exit 5 of 회현 Hoehyeon Station 會賢站 (Subway Line 4, Station Number 425), or you can get a copy from here. We also spotted staff stationed at different areas to help lost tourists.
We are back in Hong Kong again! 😉
After dumping our luggage at the hotel, we walked towards the cluster of late night supper venues that we had read about. Our first stop was 永利清湯腩, and we had read a lot of good reviews about this place!
At 3.30am, there were still customers enjoying a bowl of soupy goodness. We decided to share a bowl of 清湯腩粉麵 Beef Brisket Noodles (HK$32), and the uncle was kind enough to provide us with an additional small bowl 🙂
The clear hot soup was light and refreshing! The meat was sweet and slightly tender, with just enough bite to it. The thin springy noodles were delicious without tasting overly alkaline. This was definitely a bowl of hearty goodness on a cold night like this!
We were still feeling full from our super late and filling lunch, but we wanted to have a little supper before returning to the hotel.
We checked out the eateries near the hotel, and 沙县小吃 Shaxian Delicacies looked rather popular despite being almost 10pm (沙县 Shaxian is a province in 福建 Fujian, though we were not sure if everything served here was of 福建 Fujian origin).
We shared the following:
- 猪肚汤馄饨 Wonton Soup with Pig’s Stomach (¥16): This was actually a rather yummy herbal soup! The wonton skin was very thin, and the fillings quite flavorful. The pig’s stomach was very tender and clean, without any odour. If you do not like pig’s stomach, there are a variety of other soups available, but we suspect the base is the same herbal soup.
- 飘香拌面 Piaoxiang Ban Mian (¥7): Initially hubby ordered 葱油拌面, which is dry noodles tossed with a fragrant oil mixture. The friendly shop owner asked if hubby wanted sesame sauce because that is known as 飘香 (loosely translated to fragrance). I think somehow the owner knew hubby very well, haha. We immediately changed our order and we had a very happy hubby. The sesame sauce was indeed very fragrant, and the noodle was of the right firmness.
What a surprise find! Tummies happy and warmed, we made our way back to the hotel.
- Location: 228 Dongsi North Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing, China, 100007 北京市东城区东四北大街 228号 (Google Map)
- Directions: Take Subway Line 5 to 张自忠路 Zhangzizhong Road Station (Exit C).
A relatively new restaurant in Square 2 with a simple menu (5 noodles options all priced at $9.80), we had tried the Mee Tai Mak and Heng Hwa Noodle Soup. Sides were $2.80, and we had the Chicken Mid Wings.
We had read many good stuff about the Mee Tai Mak, aka Lao Shu Fen (because it resembles rat tails). Stir-fried with their signature rempah, with minced prawns, pork, fishcake, mushrooms, eggs, and century egg, it was pretty good, but not “wow” for us. Despite the flavours, somehow something felt missing.
Served with chicken drumstick, egg, lily flower, black fungus, snow peas, bak choy, and fried shallots, we could definitely taste the ginger in the clear broth of the Heng Hwa Noodles (mee sua), but it was also slightly on the sweet side. It was also the only soup option here. Not bad if you prefer something lighter for a meal.
The four pieces of half mid-wings had good batter, and was juicy and tender; we liked it!
We had initially planned (with flexibility) to go 河口湖 Kawaguchiko (to admire 富士山 Mt Fuji from afar) by bus either on Monday (1 Dec) or Tuesday (2 Dec). We were more keen to go on Monday, as we needed to get up early on Wednesday to catch the early 新幹線 Shinkansen to 京都 Kyoto.
As we got nearer to the dates, the weather forecast for Monday was cloudy, and sunny for Tuesday… Which kind of determined that we would go on Tuesday, because there’s no way to get a clear view of 富士山 Mt Fuji on a cloudy day.
We have been to Serangoon Gardens and to the famous Chomp Chomp Food Centre for several times but not to this market & food centre.
Located just before the circle, hubby remembered a famous Char Kway Teow stall there years ago (but alas it has closed already, because the old couple retired). The food centre has been completely refurbished and it is now more airy, bright and clean!
So today, we decided to do a small ride and small walk to Serangoon Gardens and have some local brunch! Found quite a few gems 🙂
Categories: Breakfast, Central
Tags: beancurd, carrot cake, curry puff, hawker, jelly, kopi c, kway chap, luncheon meat, noodle, Serangoon Gardens, teh c
There are so many food options at Shaw Centre new wing!
Decisions, decisions, and finally we decided that I Want My Noodle sounded 霸气 enough to get our first vote. We decided to share My Noodle with Double Roast ($12.50 nett), add Pebbles Dessert for $2.50 (usual price $3.90), and Fried Wings ($7.90).
The noodles was quite delicious! Reminded us of the curly type of instant noodles, but a thicker version. Both the char siew and sio bah were very flavourful, and we loved the well proportioned meat and fats; not too much fats, but enough for flavours. It would be perfect if the meats could be just a little bit more tender.
The flourless fried wings were already well-marinated, without needing the additional sambal chilli. The meat was tender and juicy!
I was a bit apprehensive to try the dessert, as it looked like it was made from mochi. Well, there was a little bit of the mochi element in it, but the flavours were oh-so-good and fragrant! We had to dust off the icing from the pebbles though, as the artificial sweetness was overpowering the natural sweetness of the sweet potato and purple potato balls.
Note: only cash or NETS payment is accepted here.
So we managed to locate the Pintoo puzzle shop that sells the type of jigsaw puzzle that we like, but the stock would only arrive in the afternoon. Feeling famished, we took to the small streets to look for small eats to fill our stomach.
Steamed Cheong Fun with Minced Pork 蒸港式炸酱肠粉
Signature Combination Noodle 盛记招牌面
What a flooding day today! We had to look for a place with shelter from the train station and decided that AMKHub was a better bet.
There was a not-too-big Sheng Kee at a quieter corner and we managed to get seats!
So it was a Signature Combination Noodle 盛记招牌面 ($8.50++), Bacon Chicken Roll with Mushroom Sauce Noodle 培根鸡卷菇汁面 ($8.50++) and a Steamed Cheong Fun with Minced Pork 蒸港式炸酱肠粉 ($3.60++) for dinner!
The cheong fun was unexpectedly spicy because of the minced meat 😮 The bacon chicken roll with mushroom sauce noodle was something new, but we still preferred the signature combination noodle, as it had more ingredients 😀
We woke up early to go to Roast Coffee for breakfast! It was not difficult to find and we reached the place close to its opening hours so we could easily get a table for the 5 of us. The decoration was very chic and well-lit, with full-length glass windows and very high ceilings giving a very spacious interior.
Categories: Bangkok, Breakfast, Thailand, Travel
Tags: Bangkok, burger, cafe, cappuccino, crab, egg benedict, latte, noodle, pork, tea