Street Foods You Must Try When in Korea October 09, 2015 07:58 4 Comments
For anyone traveling to Korea for the first time, it is a country that has some of the best cuisines in the world. Street food in particular is an experience all to itself, and they have plenty of them. A poll in 2012 counted about 3,100 food stalls or pojangmacha in the city of Seoul, but they are declining in numbers due to new regulations. Regardless, if you happen to find a stall on your visit, then why not stop on by and see what they have to offer. So here are a few of our recommendations on what to try when in the country.
Dakkochi (Korean Skewered Chicken)
This is basically chopped chicken skewered onto a stick, then barbecued to add maximum flavors. It will be glazed with various types of sauces that can be sweet, savory and spicy.
Jjinppang (Steamed Buns)
Jjinppang is a food that has its origins from China, and it's basically a steamed white bread that is filled with sweet red beans. The Korean twist is the red beans are not mashed into a fine paste but are left in whole.
Tteokbokki (Spicy Rice Cakes)
Koreans love rice cakes and they love chilli peppers, so it just makes sense to marry the two together. This very simple dish can be found everywhere in Korea, but be warned, it's very spicy.
Odeng (Fish Cake)
Odeng is processed seafood product where they take ground white fish and add some other ingredients to it. It's then boiled in a soy flavored broth, then they lance it with a skewer and server it to you nice and hot. This is probably the cheapest street food you will find, and it will feel so good during those cold winter months.
Bindaetteok (Mungbean Pancake)
This is an old school Korean dish that uses Ground Mungbeans with various vegetables mixed into it. Then they will fry it on a griddle just like a pancake.
Another pancake shaped cuisine, that actually tastes better than a pancake. The dough is filled with brown sugar, honey, chopped peanuts and cinnamon. It's then flattened and placed onto a griddle until it becomes a nice golden brown.
The only way to describe Gimbap is that it looks like a sushi minus the raw fish. The filling in a typical Gimbap can be quite extensive, so they simplified the recipe for the streets. This version of gimbap consists of rice, one filling and wrapped in seaweed.
Go to a local fair and there is a good chance they serve spiral cut potatoes, but the origin of this dish is actually from Korea. Invented in 2007, the spiral cute potato is a potato that is mechanically cut into a spiral shape, skewered by a stick and deep fried for your enjoyment.
Kogo or Potato Dog
Hot dogs were never a big hit in Korea, but they absolutely love corn dogs over there. The Kogo is the next evolution of a corn dog, and it's basically a corn dog dipped into a french fry type batter then deep fried.
Quite simply, this is popcorn chicken that is covered in sweet sauce and served in a cup.
Sausage On a Stick
This is a group of mini sausages on a stick, and they come in many flavors such as bratwurst, curry, spicy or rice cake.
Bungeoppang (Fish Bread)
Just like Hotteok, the Bungeoppang uses the same batter baked inside a fish mold and it's filled with sweet red beans.
Hodugwaja (Walnut Cakes)
Another concoction using baked batter shaped like a walnut and filled with red bean paste with crushed walnuts.
Toast in a cup
Many Koreans need a quick breakfast in the morning, and nothing is better than the toast in a cup. It's technically a breakfast sandwich that has eggs, ham and smeared with ketchup then placed inside a cup.
Gyeranppang (Egg Bread)
Finally the holy grail of street food is the Gyeranppang, and it's a bread with a egg baked on top. You may even find additional toppings such as parsley and cheese.