Food is the most intimate way to know the country’s culture. If you are a serious gourmet, head to Daegu to taste the flavors! Food in Daegu is a far cry from fusion fare adapted to travelers’ tastes: they are true "local" foods that are loved by the people of the region.
Markets are a great way to examine the foodstuff and spices the locals enjoy. The street food offerings provide an incomparable source of fun and joy. After all, one can not only enjoy their true local organic flavors but also buy them at excellent prices. Seomun Market is a massive market handling dried seafood, seafood, vegetables, fruits, and others. It has almost 5,000 shops divided into 8 districts. At night, the Seomun Night Market offers various street food for visitors.
This is a combination of two popular favorites— noodle soup and hand-pulled dough soup. The two dishes are similar in stock, but the former features long noodles chopped from a dough, while the latter features the same dough pulled by hand into pieces.
A signature dish in Seomun Market combines the two, so one can go for this meal to experience both dishes at the same time.
Most mandu (dumplings) in Korea feature chopped vegetable and meat fillings that are wrapped thinly. However, Daegu’s flat mandu is a thin half-moon–shaped pancake filled with a pinch of glass noodles. Flat mandu is pan-fried in plenty of oil, which gives a crispy texture akin to deep-frying. It is eaten with tteokbokki (stir-fried rice cakes) sauce or soy sauce. Flat mandu was chosen as one of the 10 Tastes of Daegu*.
This Korean-style donut is made with flour and sweet rice powder. The dough is twisted into a helix, deep-fried, and coated with sugar. Its sweet and chewy texture is nothing short of remarkable.
For the more adventurous spirits, chicken heart skewers can be a great option. This dish serves grilled chicken hearts on skewers with various sauces.
Address 50, Dalseong-ro, Jung-gu, Daegu
Opening Hours Every day, 09:00–18:00
(closed every 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month) / Night Market 19:00-22:30
(closed every Tuesday, slated for reopening in April 2023)