You might have heard of Incheon if you have come to Korea because it has the largest international airport in Korea. It has quite a lot of attractions, including many different islands, and one of them is Incheon Chinatown.
Incheon Chinatown is well-known for its various types of food including street food. I made a list of the food that I tried there. Enjoy 🙂 Oh and the Korean version is here.
1. Mandu (만두)
It is a must-try in Chinatown. You can find different styles of Mandu (Dumplings) like steamed, boiled, fried, etc. The interesting thing is that their dumplings have juice inside which makes the Mandu moist.
There are many Mandu restaurants but I recommend two. One is Wonbo (원보) and the other is DaDaBok (다다복). I will attach the addresses below. Remember they are closed at around 7 pm.
Price: 6,000 KRW for a plate
Address: 인천광역시 중구 차이나타운로 48 (48, China town-ro, Jung-gu, Incheon, Korea)
Price: 5,000 KRW for a plate
Address: 인천광역시 중구 차이나타운로 55번길 24 (24, China town-ro 55beon-gil, Jung-gu, Incheon, Korea)
2. Hongdubyeong (홍두병)
It is a Chinese bread filled with either red bean paste, cream cheese, or mango creme. I got the cream cheese one and it is so delicious! The bread is so soft and warm. It is like a different version of Bungeoppang (붕어빵; Korean fish-shaped pastry)
Price: 2,000 KRW for one
Address: 인천광역시 중구 차이나타운로 48 (48, China town-ro, Jung-gu, Incheon, Korea)/ right next to Wonbo the Mandu place.
3. Lamb skewers (양꼬치; Yang Ggochi)
Chinese enjoy eating lamb skewers with beer. You can easily see lamb skewer vendors in the street. They grill it for a minute or two and then serve you. You dip it into the salty magic powder and eat it. If you don’t cook lamb well, it smells, but these were well-cooked 🙂
Price: 1,000 KRW for one
Address: 인천광역시 중구 차이나타운로 48 (48, China town-ro, Jung-gu, Incheon, Korea)/ Right next to Hongdubyeong I mentioned above.
4. Chibitco Yaki (치빗코야키)
It is more like Japanese food than Chinese. I would say that it is a bigger version of Tacoyaki (타코야키; octopus balls). It has three types: octopus, bacon, and shrimp. I got a shrimp one. Between the two pieces of bread, it has shrimp, cabbage, and fried egg inside. Oh my goodness. The sauce and the ingredients go so well!
Price: 3,000 KRW for each / 8,000 KRW for all three
Address: Right next to the lamb skewer vendor I mentioned above.
5. Mooncake (월병; Wolbyeong)
I stayed in China for about 7 months for an internship, and one of my all time favorite Chinese food is mooncake. I just love the combination of sweet red bean paste and salty egg yolk. Incheon Chinatown also has many mooncake shops and street vendors and I recommend you to buy it in a shop, not from a street vendor.
I asked a street vendor if their mooncakes have egg yolk inside and he told me that I wouldn’t be able to find those here in Chinatown. Well, I found them in a mooncake shop. They have over 15 kinds of mooncakes.
It didn’t taste as good as the ones that I tried in China, but I was glad that I could eat mooncakes again in Korea. Original Chinese mooncakes are much more moist and the saltiness of the yolk is stronger.
Price: 3,500 KRW for one egg mooncake
Address: 인천광역시 중구 차이나타운로 44번길 26 중국제과 담 (26, China town-ro 44beon-gil, Jung-gu, Incheon, Korea)
6. Pineapple cake (펑리수; Feng-li-su)
It is Taiwanese pineapple cake. It is yellow and has a kind of pineapple jam inside. It tastes sweet 🙂 I felt like the pineapple cakes that I tried before from Taiwan tasted better, but it could be just me.
Price: 1,500 KRW for one
Address: 인천광역시 중구 차이나타운로 44번길 26 중국제과 담 (26, China town-ro 44beon-gil, Jung-gu, Incheon, Korea) / The same place as the mooncake shop.
7. Fruit skewers (탕후루; Tanghulu)
These are fruit skewers coated with sugar syrup. One type is only strawberries and grapes and the other type is tomato, orange, and grapes. I recommend the first one 🙂 It is sweet and it makes a good dessert.
Price: strawberry+grape – 2,000 KRW / the other type – 1,000 KRW
Address: It is a street vendor. Somewhere near the Hongdubyeong (the 2nd in this list) place.
8. Petit Waffle (쁘띠 와플)
It is a small bite-size waffle. Depending on the dipping, it has various types like cream+nutella, cream+bluberry jam, cream+cream cheese, etc. I got the nutella one. I wish the waffles would be a little more moist. You can share one with two or three people.
Price: 5,000 KRW for one
Address: 인천 차이나타운로 22 철판만두와플 (22, China town-ro, Jung-gu, Incheon, Korea)
9. Egg tart (에그타르트)
The best egg tarts I have ever tried were from Hong Kong and Macau. But I found the same quality of egg tarts in the Incheon Chinatown food street. The pastry is amazing and the egg part is soft. Super delish 🙂 You should try this!
Price: 2,000 KRW for one
Address: 인천 중구 차이나타운로 28 담선생 (28, China town-ro, Jung-gu, Incheon, Korea)
10. Cotton candy (솜사탕; Som Satang)
There are so many creative cotton candies like colorful flower cotton candy. Enjoy the sweets 🙂
Price: around 2,000-3,000 KRW
Address: Right next to the Tanghulu (the 7th in the list)