It was already 9pm when I finished work today. As soon as I got in the car, Hubby asked me out for a pojangmacha date as he was craving for eomuk (fish cake) and hot eomuk soup. Oh well, how could I say no to the my crush? Haha. 🙂
Pojangmacha (포장마차) literally means ‘tented wagon’. It refers to small tented restaurants on wheels, or street stalls in Korea. It is also the central hub of street food culture of the country. It is popular not only to locals but also to foreign visitors because it’s something they often see in most if not all Korean dramas. Yeah, almost every Korean drama has an episode in which a character downs his frustrations or sorrows with bottle after bottle of soju while sitting alone in a pojangmacha. Whether in Korean dramas or in reality, pojangmachas actually serve as settings for confessions. At night, battalions of office workers head to the nearest pojangmachas as soon as they leave their offices.
The most common food you can find in a pojangmacha are sundae, tteokbokki, eomuk (also known as odeng), mandu, twigim (fried shrimp, veggies and many others). And of course, the famous green bottle of soju is always available. Hehe!
The interior of these pojangmachas is not really good and the plastic stools are not comfortable but for many, the bare and humble atmosphere is the biggest draw. Although there are pojangmachas all year round, more pojangmachas are open during cold season because food items get easily spoiled in summer when the weather is hot and humid. Also, the food items sold in pojangmachas are hot which are great for cold season. You can enjoy pojangmacha experience when you visit Korea in fall or winter months. 🙂
Have you tried eating at a pojangmacha? How’s your pojangmacha experience? 🙂