I quickly learned to follow gusts of steam like clues on a treasure map. Whether it took me down side alleys, streets, to food carts, or directed me into a restaurant, I glided over. Massive amounts of steam could only mean one thing – Dumplings!
If you are picturing Scooby Doo floating along after the delicious scent of warm fresh food, that was me in Korea.
In one of the many alleys outside the Namdaemun Market I found my first dumpling masters. Watching them fold, flip, and steam these yummy little gems was mesmerizing. I got so lost in the process, Jean-Claude had to ask me twice if I was going to buy any. The real question was how many could I carry? Thankfully they had bags to put our order in. We went under the next shady tree we found and dug into our prize. It tasted like pure gold!
After that I made it my mission to watch out for more billowing white clouds.
Check out the short video below to see both dumpling places.