Anjirang Gopchang Street
Anjirang Gopchang Street in Daegu boasts an impressive 40-year history, which began when one gopchang (beef/pork tripe) restaurant after another opened on one side of the market. Today, gopchang restaurants naturally fill up both sides of a 500-meter long alley.
By either using traditional Korean medicinal herbs to give the dish more flavors and fragrance, or by inventing a special sauce, it takes great effort for the restaurants in Anjirang Gopchang Town to come up with something special in order to differentiate their eatery from the others. Additionally, the use of various heating power such as grilling over briquet fire, charcoal or natural gas is the secret to the creating different tastes.
Pyeonghwa Market Chicken Alley
The Pyeonghwa Market Chicken Alley has a history of 40 years and it boasts as the place where most Daegu citizens would have visited without a doubt. This is a place where you can taste chicken cooked in variety of ways.
The inexpensive menu price that is offered in the Pyeonghwa Market Chicken Alley began in the 1970s, when fried chicken is sold relatively cheaply to laborers who consume it as a side dish with alcohol. The notion continues today, making the inexpensive yet generous servings one of the reasons for its popularity. As a special street with the specializes in selling chicken gastronomy, the Pyeonghwa Market Chicken Alley is the host venue for theDaegu Chicken and Beer Festival held every Summer since 2013.
Jjim-galbi Street in Dongin-dong
The Jjim-galbi Street in Dongin-dong began to form in the 1970s when a local bar started serving jjim-galbi (steamed ribs) as a side dish for laborers working at nearby construction sites. The dish became very popular and similar restaurants began to open nearby. Over time, the marinade and flavors became more varied. Now, thirty years have passed since the first jjim-galbi dish was served in the area and today, there are 12 jjim-galbi restaurants on this street. The dish is served with fresh vegetables and side dishes. When served, eat the meat first. Then, rice will be mixed in with the remaining sauce. The hot and spicy flavor of the rice can be balanced with baek-kimchi (white kimchi), which is served as a side. The main ingredient of jjim-galbi is beef ribs from either hanu (Korea’s highest grade beef), which may be on the more expensive side, or imported beef, from Australia for example, which is cheaper. The price of hanu ribs is 25,000 won per person, and that of Australian ribs around 14,000 won. You can choose the level of spiciness when ordering.
Kalguksu Alley in Seomun Market
The Seomun Market of Daegu is close to the Daegu Alleys Tour (modernization of Korea) course and visitors can store their luggage in a coin locker, so the market is frequented by tourists. The first thing that comes to mind when thinking of Seomun Market are the kalguksu noodles and flat nabjak-mandu dumplings. The prices are affordable and the serving size large, so they are great for cheap, delicious meal. The kalguksu noodles at Seomun Market are made with an anchovy and vegetable broth. The noodles are served with a large sprinkling of sesame seeds for added flavor. The savory, hot and chewy noodles go well with the kkakdugi (radish) kimchi and crunchy peppers. There is other food to try at Seomun Market, including barley bibimbap with 16 vegetables and sundae, Korean sausage. Another must-try ishotteok (a Korean pancake with a sweet filling). A bowl of kalguksu noodle costs between 3,500 won and 4,000 won, and hotteok costs just 1,000 won. Do note that only cash is accepted here.
Nabjak-mandu in Seomun Market
Made with a thin and chewy dough casing, nabjak-mandu (flat dumplings) are a popular snack food of Daegu. Unlike other dumplings that have more filling, this dumpling is mostly about the doughy shell. As one of the ten delicacies of Daegu, nabjak-mandu is so popular that people living outside of Daegu often order it for delivery. The dumplings are widely available in snack food restaurants or food stalls, and there are many napjak-mandu restaurants in Seomun Market, Gyodong Market, Nammun Market, and on Jungang-ro Street. Each restaurant offers a unique take on napjak-mandu, but each version is sure to be delicious. Miseongdang, a famous nabjak-manu restaurant in Seomun Market, makes home-made dumplings and slightly fries them to lock in the flavor. The nabjak-mandu in the Dongseong-ro area are fried, creating a crispy texture, and served with tteokbokki. The dumplings are usually dipped in a soy sauce, onion and red pepper flake mixture.