When planning a dream vacation, some may look forward to sightseeing or museums the most, but for a foodie, street food is where it’s at. There is no better way to experience a country’s culture than when enjoying its street food. Whether you’re walking around the city during the day or night, you can always smell or hear something inviting you in for a taste. Street food in Korea can be described in three magic words: quick, cheap, and delicious. Here are some popular Korean street foods you MUST try the next time you visit Korea:
There’s something about the smell of freshly baked bread that leaves a smile on your face. Gyeran-
For all the chicken lovers out there, here is the dish for you. This Korean style popcorn has a perfectly crisp exterior, is cut in perfect, bite-size pieces, and is covered in sticky, sweet, and spicy sauce. To complement the crispy chicken pieces, some places include rice cakes for a slightly crispy and pleasantly chewy texture. Don’t bother looking for a fork because this addicting dish is meant to be consumed with a toothpick.
Think these cute fish pastries look very similar to the Japanese
If you are looking for a simple, light snack to warm you up, this is the dish to try. Eomuk
Tteokbokki is a very popular street food dish, known for its tender rice cakes, covered with a mouthwatering sauce that is both spicy and slightly sweet. Often, slices of fish cake or ramen would be incorporated into this dish as well. This dish is a snack that is perfect to have in any season and at any time of day.
Pajeon is not anything like your regular pancake. Unlike traditional American pancakes, the main component of Korean pancakes are vegetables such as scallions or green onions. A popular choice is
Soondae is a Korean blood sausage filled with pork blood, glass noodles, and rice. There are many ways to eat
Korean toast is perfect for an on-the-go breakfast. This breakfast sandwich is comes packed with ham or sausage, finely sliced cabbage, carrots, cheese, egg, and ketchup. To add an extra taste of happiness, sugar is often lightly sprinkled on top of each slice of buttered toast. Korean toast is all you could ever wish for in a breakfast sandwich.
Hodugwaja is a Korean walnut cake, similar to a
Beondegi is boiled or steamed silkworm pupae. Although
Korean Hot Dogs
Korea knows how to do hot dogs right. The plain Korean hot dog has mozzarella cheese for an extra touch of savor and panko breadcrumbs for extra crunch. After frying, the hot dog is rolled in sugar and topped with ketchup and mustard, making this snack the perfect balance of sweet and savory. As if the cheese corn dog wasn’t enough, Korea also has a french fry corn dog. That’s right. A hot dog dipped in batter, rolled in french fries and fried. Korean hot dogs are a food lover’s dream.
Those are just a dozen must-try Korean street food snacks. The street food culture in Korea is vast. Which Korean street food snack is your favorite? Be sure to comment down below to let us know!
Written by Sarah Wong