Incheon has long been one of the most developed city in South Korea. More than a century ago, Incheon port was opened for international trading and since South Korea is located near China, chinese goods were imported in and out of the country. This is where Incheon China Town came into place. Today, most of the residents and business owners are the late generations of the early Chinese settlers. And most businesses within the area sells food. So for foodies out there, are you ready?
Before we actually went to Incheon China Town, I already have a picture in mind. Since we have our own chinatown in Manila, I somehow expect to see similarities between the two but upon seeing the actual town in this northwestern part of the country, I could say that it’s a lot more secluded than the one we have in the Philippines.
There were tourists around, yes. But unlike in Binondo (Manila’s China Town), you can safely walk in the alleys of Incheon China Town without worrying about your wallet being stolen.
Well, don’t get me wrong here. Recently in our country, there have been a decrease in street crimes like pickpocketing but I guess, I have the notion that some Filipinos would still have the anxiety whenever they’re in a crowded place and that includes myself. Anyway, at first glance, you’d notice up front that there are stores from left to right.
Most of them either sell streetfoods, sweets or pastries. So nevertheless, it’s still Binondo-like.
Chikoyaki (Takoyaki Chinese Version)
Okay, I actually don’t know what they call this. Haha! But it really looks like Takoyaki which is actually a Japanese snack so I thought I can call it Chikoyaki! What do you think? Tee-hee!
You can actually choose between octopus, shrimp and bacon. Yum!
Price: KRW 3,000 (approx. Php 120)
Red Bean Cake
If you like Hopia, you will most likely love this bun filled with red bean.
Price: KRW 2,000 (approx. Php 80)
Craving for some sweets? Why not have a cup of cereal snacks! This for sure ain’t just for breakfast. Though it’s a bit pricey for a cup but it’s worth a try!
Price: KRW 5,000 – 6,000 (approx. Php 200 – Php 240)
Mianbao (Chinese Bread)
Who doesn’t love Mamon? Well, I guess no one! It’s so fluffy that it melts in your mouth. Guess what, you can find a giant version of it in Incheon!
Price: KRW 7,000 (approx. Php 280)
There were actually more food choices available for different kinds of foodies.
If you’d just walk around, you’ll find an alley lined up with food stalls.
There are restaurants around too so in case you don’t eat food sold in streets, you can still enjoy the Chinese ambiance and eat Chinese food.
And for coffee shop lovers out there, they have cafés too!
So if you’re up for some food trippin’ outside of Seoul, I would highly recommend that you visit Incheon China Town.
How To Go To Incheon China Town
Ride Subway Line 1 and alight in Incheon Station. If I remember it right, subway fare costs around KRW 2,000+ from Myeongdong Station. That’s only less than Php 100!
Incheon China Town is just in front of Incheon Station so you just have to cross one pedestrian and voila!
“Part of the secret of a success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.” – Mark Twain
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