What to eat
- Daegu's Seomun Night Market
Have you ever tried fried milk or a mac ‘n’ cheese stuffed baked potato?
You can find these creative dishes and more at Seomun Night Market, Daegu’s can’t-miss food destination.
■ Bacon Gimbap
These made-to-order rolls are one of the most popular treats at Seomun Market, and after one scrumptious bite, you’ll know why. Thick slabs of bacon are wrapped in crispy seaweed along with cooked rice, fresh vegetables, chili peppers, and pickled veggies to create an indulgent twist on one of Korea’s most recognizable snacks, gimbap.
■ Cabbage and Egg Sandwich
If you like okonomiyaki (Japanese cabbage pancakes) then you’ll love this Korean version in the form of a sandwich. Batter is poured into circular forms to create the “bread” of this unique dish. The batter is then stuffed with cabbage, a fried egg, and a generous portion of bacon. Bonito flakes and barbecue sauce serve as the final touches for these messy layers of goodness.
■ Barbecue Scotch Egg
Daegu’s version of a Scotch egg starts with a cooked egg swaddled inside a big pork meatball, which is then wrapped with nothing other than bacon! Once the meatball is cooked, it is brushed with barbecue sauce and heated with a blow torch until the sauce forms a nice, gooey glaze. A drizzle of creamy sauce and a cherry tomato complete the dish.
■ Macaroni and Cheese Stuffed Baked Potato
Cheese, cheese, and more cheese! Known as a “Dodo Potato,” this macaroni and cheese stuffed baked potato is a carb and cheese lover’s dream. If that’s not enough, it’s also served with chunks of ham, a hard-boiled egg, a slice of toasted bread and, you guessed it, more melted cheese!
Sometimes Korean street food is best when it sticks with tried-and-true classics like hotteok, which is particularly delicious at Seomun Market. Stuffed with a combination of ooey gooey melted brown sugar, honey, sesame seeds, and cinnamon, these pillowy Korean-style doughnuts are sure to make you go back for seconds.
■ Fried Milk
Watching the vendor make this fried milk dish is all part of the fun. Observe in amazement as cubes of gelatin-like milk are battered and fried to create a tasty dessert reminiscent of injeolmi bingsu. The crispy, yet custardy bite is topped with freeze dried strawberries, powdered sugar, kiwi, and dusted with roasted soybean powder.
■ Snow Ice
Instead of using crushed ice like in traditional Korean bingsu, this Taiwanese-inspired dessert uses a special machine to carve flavored milk ice from a single block. The light and fluffy shaved ice is served over sweetened corn flakes and garnished with huge chunks of fresh fruit.