Vying Edae 이대

The native female students vie for entry into the prestigious Ewha Womans University (이화여자대학교) which is in the vicinity referred to in general as 이대 (Edae). Founded in 1866 by an American Missionary, Mary Scranton, the school name 이화 대학교 has been shortened to 이대. Tourists are attracted to the hip and cheap shopping in Edae (Ewha Womans University Fashion Street), which boasts a huge cluster of small trendy shops and tasty stalls weaving through the many streets around the famed university’s campus gates. But if you know me well enough, frivolous shopping is not my style. My achilles’ heel is food, glorious food!

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Getting around Seoul on foot in South Korea.

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Food on foot in Seoul.
We bought something like Ham Chin Peng (咸煎饼 our local dough pastry with red bean filling) from this street store at City Hall.

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The MRT lines are so very complicated, Valerie said I would be lost if I were to go out by myself.
We took the Seoul Metro Green Line which runs in a circle to reach Edae/Ewha Woman’s University in the city.

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Subway in City Hall, Seoul.

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Ryan, holding my “Ham Chin Pang” which I ate upon reaching Edae.
They tasted pretty good even when cold.

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Once you arrive at the metro station in Edae, look for exits 1&2 or 3&4 as those will let you out right around the main street.

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We took exits 3&4 and came to Teenie Weenie atop.

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Edae Women’s University was founded in 1866 by the American Missionary, Mary Scranton.
Come night time and it is alive with street food with lots of trendy shops in the area!

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Korean style satay.
Skewered meats usually made with chicken or pork.
These are 닭꼬치 or chicken on sticks.

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계란빵 (Gyeranppang)

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Gyeranppang is Korean Egg Bread.

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Gyeranppang – looks good but the taste was rather bland and egg texture was rubbery.
I don’t know if there were other stalls selling this but my niece Kimmie loved it when we exchanged our food experience in Seoul.

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One of the many street vendors in Edae.

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The corn weren’t sweet nor savoury.
They tasted rather plasticky if there’s such a word to be used to describe food.

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This vendor doesn’t believe in seasoning his food.
Both the sweetcorn and sweet potatoes were cooked entirely au natural.
You either love it or don’t.
Unless I’m on an organic diet, I prefer some oomph especially in street food.

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KFC – Korean Fried Chicken.
A very popular and trending food in Asia.

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김치부침개 (Kimchi buchimgae or Kimchijeon) is Kimchi Pancakes.
Hot off the griddle, they were crisp, chewy and very flavoursome!

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꿀벌 아이스크림 – Lay Bee Honeycomb Ice Cream.
The trendy food’s advertorial waxed lyrical about its nutritional value and the long queue at the shop looked promising.
After the sweetness of honey was drained in my mouth, the remaining bits tasted awful.
I had to remind myself that although bee wax tasted bleh, there’s medical benefit for those suffering gastric, like myself.
Didn’t the bible prescribe that too?
Proverbs 16:24 – (Pleasant words are like a) honeycomb, sweet to the soul and health to the bones.
Unless the honeycomb is organic and not re-used by bee farmers, old comb can be toxic and possibly hold the reproductive spores of a number of pathogens, namely American foulbrood, chalkbrood, and Nosema disease.

My lady friends will be disappointed that this post do not contain photos of shops with the latest street fashion from Korea but they have the address now.

Amelie, are you vying Edae 이대 yet?

Edae Fashion Street in the vicinity of Ewha Womans University.
Address: Edae 이대
MRT: Take the Green Line towards Ewha Womans University.

Ewha Womans University
Address: 11-1, Daehyeon-dong, Seodaemun-gu,
Seoul, South Korea.

Happy shopping 🙂

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2 Responses to “Vying Edae 이대”
  1. Hi Sam ,this is so fascinating post ,l wish l was there.All that delicious food and beautiful places.Jalal

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