Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Famous street food in Korea @ Seoul, Korea

Another must-try in Korea would definitely be their various street snack which is popular among tourist and locals as well! This can easily be spotted anywhere along the streets in most areas. Insadong, Ewha Women University area, and Hongdae would be a good place for street food hunting during the day while Myeongdong night market offers most of everything that you might want to try. Depending on type and location, prices ranged between 1000-3000 won for most street snack.
Fish cake (odeng) and tteokbokki
Our personal favourite would be the fish cake (odeng) which we had thrice during our visit. Having this after walking in the bitter cold was definitely comforting. Cups are prepared so that you can scoop some of the delicious hot soup as well. The spicy chewy rice cake (tteokbokki) is another famous street food. I tried this at one of the stores at Lotte Food Court. While this may be spicy and tasty, I got bored and tired chewing it after 2-3 pieces (lols).
Tteokbokki (chewy rice cake) at Lotte Food Court
Homemade sausage stuffed with rice cake
This might not be traditional street snack but can commonly be found in most areas. This self-proclaimed homemade sausages however, were superbly good, although, again, I personally did not like the chewy rice cake on the alternate sausages.
Egg bun (Gyeran bbang)
I liked this egg bun (gyeran bbang) which is basically bread topped with an egg. I'm not sure what secret ingredient they might have but it's light and really addictive. However, I realised that while the one I had in Ewha was only 1000 won, street vendors in Myeongdong were selling it for 2000 won (@__@).
Korean pancake (hotteok)
Another famous winter snack in Korea would be hotteok or Korean pancake. There are quite a number of vendors spotted selling this snack. Basically its dough is filled with a mix of brown sugar, peanuts, cinnamon and honey and then pressed flat on a greased griddle. Sinfully tasty (because it came out quite greasy) and delicious especially in the winter cold. 
Korean fish-shaped bread with red bean filling (Bungeoppang)
This cute snack is also quite common among street vendors. It comes in small and large size, athough I think the large fish is the original version. Stuffed with Adzuki red bean filling, this popular snack is definitely a must-have in Korea. A modernised version of this snack would be the croissant taiyaki which originate in Japan and recently introduced in Korea. Compared to the Korean version, this uses pastry dough and flatter with sugary topped. For me, this was tastier but price-wise, it is double/triple (depending on the filling) the Korean fish version. 
Japan origin: Fish-shaped croissant (Croissant taiyaki) at Lotte Food Court
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