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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

[Jeju Souvenir] Hallabong Omegi Dduk / Omaegi rice cake 몰랑몰랑 한라봉 오메기떡

Apparently, according to one of my former coworkers, one of the souvenirs you have to get in Jeju is omegi dduk (오메기떡). His wife sent him on a mission to bring it back with him.

It's good to know this if you work at a Korean Korean or a Japanese company. Whenever you go on a trip, whether it be for business or pleasure. you should bring back some token gift for your company/team members and you should also bring some back for your close friends. This gift-giving culture is very strong in Japan, like even as a foreigner, you won't get a pass...and likely someone will tell you about it the first time you mess up (spoken from experience).

Knowing this cultural tradition AND because my boss kept making it clear that he thought giving me a day off (even though it was my earned day off for the month) was "doing me a favor," I added a stop at 몰랑몰랑 to my Jeju itinerary when I traveled with my parents.

You can purchase it at the airport, but if you buy it outside the airport, it is a bit cheaper.

I went to the 몰랑몰랑 store and talked to the manager. She mentioned that they were able to make a multiflavor pack for me even though it wasn't listed on the menu.

The rice cakes need to be stored in the freezer. I purchased them the night before returning to Seoul. They packed the dduk in a styrofoam container and gave me ice packs and some dry ice packs and told me that they would be fine for 24 hours.

I got half hallabong flavors and half ssuk flavors. Hallabong is the famous Jeju citrus fruit, a specific type of mandarin orange found on Jeju. The hallabong flavor is the one that shown. Ssuk is mugwort. Instead of the orange color that the ones pictured are, the ssuk variety is green. Mugwort is a green herb that is supposed to give the person energy.


I tried both flavors, but I only have pictures of the hallabong variety. The rice cake is filled with sweetened red bean paste and covered with beans on the outside.

The hallabong flavor was kind of salty, which was a bit unexpected for me, but mostly sweet. I could definitely taste the citrus-y flavor, too.


The mugwort one was actually my favorite of the two flavors. The herbal flavor was nice and complemented by the somewhat salty flavor of the beans. However, if you're not used to drinking herbal tea or haven't tried mugwort flavored items in Korea before, it's kind of a unique earthy flavor.


This is the exterior of the shop.

This is the menu offerings and prices.
The top prices are for the dduk (rice cakes):
2 for 3,000 KRW
10 for 15,000 KRW
20 for 30,000 KRW

The bottom prices are for the Jeju olleh honey bread (the picture is on the bottom left of the pamphlet:
1 for 1,200 KRW
10 for 12,000 KRW
 15 for 18,000 KRW

As is often the case in Korea, you really don't get a deal for buying more than one.

Location: (Just show this to your taxi driver)
몰랑몰랑
제주시 건입동 1421-3

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