If you’re visiting Korea and want to enjoy the country’s cuisine, you must try the street food. The street food in Korea is simple food that everyone loves. Street food can be roasted, fried or steamed. If you visit the major cities in South Korea, street food can be found at booths and tents located on the roadside, in markets, and in malls. There are also many food vendors at tourist attractions. Myeongdong, Namdaemun, Insadong and Dongdaemun Market are areas known as paradises for street food. Below are some recommendations of tasty street food for you to try:
- Hewori Gamja
Hewori gamja (gamja = potato) is made from a whole potato which has been cut in a spiral and resembles a tornado. The potato is put on a skewer and fried. Seasoning like barbeque, cheese and onions is added to the potatoes. Myeongdong and Hyehwa areas are famous for hewori gamja.
This street food comes from the word “gyeran”, which means egg and “ppang”, which means bread. As the name implies, this food is a slightly sweet bread with eggs stuffed in the middle. It is very easy to find on the street, especially Seoul. The seller makes the bread to order, so it is always warm. Gyeranppang is always cooked in a special oval-shaped mold.
- Odeng (Eomuk)
Odeng is processed from boiled fish and is usually eaten with a spicy soup. In Korea, odeng is distinguished into 3 types:
- Odeng eaten with a broth made from horseradish, chives, crab, and seaweed
- Odeng served with mustard and ketchup.
- Odeng Tang or Eomuk Guk is served in a bowl of broth with chili, onions, and soy sauce.
Busan popularized odeng. Odeng in Busan is sold in restaurants as well as on the street, such as Busan’s Renowned Hoe House. Here you can taste Odeng Tang which has a broth made from 15 different ingredients, giving it a distinct flavor.
Hotteok is a pancake stuffed with a sweet filling. The traditional filling is a cinnamon and peanut filling. Hotteok is usually sold in the winter, as it is warm.
Mandu means dumplings, but this Korean dumpling is different from dumplings in other countries. Mandu can be either small or large and can have a sweet stuffing like red bean paste or a savory stuffing like salted meat, noodles and kimchi. Mandu can be fried or steamed.
- Fried Foods
There are also several famous fried snacks, including:
- Twigim: variations of shrimp, peppers, sweet potatoes and mandu wrapped with flour and fried, then dipped in a tteokbokki sauce.
- Dried octopus and squid: this food is usually served in a paper cup that has been preheated
- Hot Bar: this food is similar to odeng, and is stuffed with rice cake, sausage, etc. Hot bar is usually served with ketchup or mustard.
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