Taste of Korea: Shinsegae Mall a foodie paradise in Daegu

Taste of Korea: Shinsegae Mall a foodie paradise in Daegu

by Chihon Kim
Stripes Korea

The mall is also the ultimate foodie’s paradise! The 1st, 8th and 9th floors house more than 50 different restaurants, while the Food Market is located on the first basement level.

Although you can find food stalls throughout mall, you will find the main concentration of restaurants on the 8th floor (Luang Street Food Court). Here, you can grab a high-quality meal that won’t break the bank. As the name implies, the entire 8th floor is designed to make you feel as if you are walking along a dimly lit street of Hong Kong in the 1960s.

I recommend Dim Dim Sum (Hong Kong restaurant-9F), Salvatore Cuomo (Italian restaurant-8F) and Tokkijung (Japanese fusion restaurant-8F) if you want to try something different. There are also a handful of cafés available for coffee and sweet treats.

The food court (8F) and Zooraji Theme Park (9F) can be a bit pricey compared to some of the building’s other options.
BONUS TIP: Take your kids to the outdoor Zooraji Theme Park (9F). Here, you can look down the city and get some fresh air, plus it’s a great place to have a photo taken. The indoor amusement facilities are also child-friendly.

Unlike the Luang Street Food Court, the basement (Food Plaza) offers a wide variety of inexpensive foods such as Amorino, Tartorte, Bred Show= and Avantgarde.

You can also get a taste of the local breads that got their start in Daegu. Here are three must-eats when you visit Deagu:

Oksusu-ppang (I highly recommend it among the three of them!) Once you taste the whole corn bun, you can’t stop eating it. The bread (1,600 won) is-called “Drug Bun” because it is so addicting.

Modern Alley Sweet Red-Bean Bun: It is a sweet red bean bread (2,500 won) almost commonly filled with red bean paste. You can also bite into other types of bread stuffed with white beans, green beans, sesame and chestnut.

Banwoldang Goroke: The croquette bun (2,000 won) is a deep-fried bun made by mixing chopped meat, seafood, thin noodles or vegetables with mashed potato. It is shaped like a flat patty, rolled in wheat flour, eggs, and breadcrumbs, then deep-fried until brown on the outside. (It can be a little greasy, so I recommend you have it with soda.)

Tantan Noodles Kitchen: Tantan noodles is one of the famous dishes you can try on the ground floor (B1). Tantan Noodles Kitchen is a small eatery where you can have a quick meal while sitting on a stool, as chefs prepare dishes in a kitchen in the middle.

I tried basic Tantan noodles (8,000 won) which is their signature dish, as well as dumplings. The noodle was served with rice and chopped garlic with fried kimchi. All you have to do is follow the instructions that explain how to enjoy it. Per the instructions, I ate noodles first, then add chopped garlic, fried kimchi and rice at once. The seasonings perfectly spiced it up.

You can choose a mildly hot version if you do not enjoy spicy food. (The fried dumplings are salty enough and in soy sauce). If you want to slurp down some tasty, Korean-style Tantan noodles, make sure to check this place out!

How to get there

Camp Humphreys → Daegu Shinsegae Department Store ( 2hrs 50min)
Osan Air Base→ Daegu Shinsegae Department Store (3hrs)

Jije Station (Pyeongtaek) → Dongdaegu Station
SRT (express train): 1hrs 20min (29,900 won) 
(The mall shares its building with Dongdaegu station, so you can’t miss it!)

Departing from other areas in Daegu (Line No.1) → Dongdaegu Station → Exit1 →Shinsegae Mall B1F
(There is direct underground access to the Shinsegae Mall B1F from Exit 1)

On-site validated parking also available.
Hours:  11 a.m. – 10 p.m. (Aquarium 10:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.)
Location: Connected to Dongdaegu Station (Line2)
Address: 149, Dongbu-ro, Dong-gu, Daegu


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