Spicy tteokbokki with beef brisket? Sounds unsual, but also mouthwatering. Having opened its first location in Hongdae, second at COEX Mall, and the latest opening in Myeongdong, Side Show is a new form tteokbokki joint offering a new dimension to the dish. At this restaurant, the tteokbokki is cooked at your table, and you get a choice between beef brisket and squid. The menu includes 10 different kinds of toppings and a wide variety of side dishes. As the tteokbokki boils on the induction cookers, the gochujang sauce and brisket blend to create thick broth that is rich in taste. The interior design of the space is complete with a massive collection of Marvel Heroes (the owner is a self-proclaimed animation figure nerd). Even the aprons (provided to every customer) have Marvel Heroes printed on them! Even though Side Show is located in a corner of the mall, its popularity will have you wait at least 30 minutes in line.
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