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An insider’s information to Tokyo’s Koreatown

TOKYO, Oct 09 (Nikkei) –
One step out of Shin-Okubo station and you’ll discover your self in Koreatown, a bustling Tokyo district exploding with vitality.

The noise and crowds could also be just a little overwhelming for first-timers, however the space is a gold mine for followers of Korean road meals and barbecue, sweets to die for and wonder merchandise. Upbeat hits by Okay-pop superstars resembling BTS and Blackpink play from street-facing audio system, luring you into shops promoting Korean pop-culture merchandise — from tumblers, paper followers and key chains to mouse pads emblazoned along with your favourite band member’s face.

The streets of Shin-Okubo provide loads of hole-in-the wall takeaway meals. About three minutes on foot from the station you may discover Jongno Yataimura, a well-known vendor that serves up genuine South Korean grub.

The hottest merchandise on its menu is the potato mozzarella corn canine. Instead of sausages, this Korean staple coats a stick of cheese in do-it-yourself batter and potato cubes. The concoction is made primarily from rice flour, which yields a chewy but fluffy texture. Combined with the melted cheese inside, the deep-fried corn canine is a good noon snack. There are bottles of ketchup and mustard in addition to sugar for many who like their corn canine candy and salty, in true Korean fashion. Jongno sells about 300 of them at weekends. There will most likely be an extended queue however it’s fast-moving, so the wait time should not be too dangerous.

For those that do not fancy the corn canine, seize a cheese dakgangjeong, South Korean-style fried hen coated in a sweet-yet-spicy sticky sauce topped with cheese, or hotteok, a pancake stuffed with honey syrup.
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