When you are traveling a different country, it is so important to experience the culture but also their food! Korean cuisine is readily available in many parts of the world, from street snacks to Korean Barbeque.
But what should you eat when you travel to Seoul, Korea? Below is a list of must eat Korean food when in Seoul, Korea.
As one of the popular Korean street foods, you can find Tteokbokki anywhere in Korea. Tteokbokki is Korean Spicy Rice Cakes that is made from soft rice cake, fish cake and sweet red chili sauce. Each stalls, eateries and restaurants have similar taste yet have their own taste.
Tteokbokki goes with with most of the other street foods such as Odeng (fish cakes), Deep fried calamari, shrimp, dumplings, sundae and gimbap.
For advanced Tteokbokki eating, try adding ramen noodles, melted mozzarella cheese and a hard-boiled egg.
Gimbap (Kimbap) is like a sushi roll. It is made from steamed white rice and various other ingredients such as vegetables and pickles, rolled in seaweed and served in a bite-size. It is easy to find anywhere in Korea.
The Korean Street version is usually pre-made and wrapped in foil or plastic. If you visit restaurants, then they served on a plate.
The set of korean Steet food
*There's many different types of Gimbap.
Source from a blog: Dramafever
A flour dough pancakes filled with brown sugar and some nuts which is then pressed and fried in a thin layer of oil. The filling could be different depends on the region. Usually Busan-style Hotteok are filled with sunflower seeds and nuts.
They serve it folded up in a paper cup. Therefore, make sure you don't burn your finger on the hot brown sugar syrup oozing out after you take a bit. Eating this during the winter time is the best.
Gyeran Ppang is a savory bread with an egg in the center. It is always served hot and crispy. A good way to consume quick protein and carbs! You can easily find the merchant of Gyeran Ppang in every corner of the street, market, or bus station. There's many stalls in Myeongdong street as well.
There's not many people who don't like potato chips. There's much more fun way to eat potato chips in Korea!
Hweori Gamja is Tornado Potato which is spiral-cut potato to a long stick. Some stalls offer seasoned powders to sprinkle over such as onion, cheese, or BBQ.
Tornado Potato with a sausage inside
Source from Migrationology
Ppopgi or Dalgona is a Korean type of candy made from caramelized sugar and some baking soda.
Ppopgi was very common back in the days. There would be vendors outside of elementary schools everyday and attract little kids with that sweet smell and even fun of breaking the candies into the designed shapes.
The key of Ppopgi is all technique, timing and patience. The candy is sweet but it can also be a little smoky, nutty, and bitter. Some people might expect it to be hard and sticky.
However, due to the some baking soda, it is light, airy, and brittle.
Who doesn't like waffles and ice cream? The combination of these two may seem not that interesting to some of you but you can easily find the combination of these two on the street in Korea.
Korean Waffles are tend to be more crispy than belgium waffles or waffles that you would usually get from IHop. The ice cream filled waffles will definitely satisfy you!
A goldfish-shaped bread with sweet red bean filling on the inside. Bbungeo-Ppang (boonguh Ppang) has been around for decades and became a nostalgic snack in the hearts of Koreans.
As Bungeo-ppang has been around for decades, there are many new variation of the classic bungeo ppang. There are Bungeo Ppang filled with ice cream in the goldfish's mouth.
Croissant Bungeoppang, a pancake typically filled with sweetened red beans or cream custard. A croissant version has a flaky, pastry dough. The filling range from savory flavors like pizza, sweet cheese, to apple, mango and more.
The bakery is called "The bungeoppang that returned from Paris."
Hodugwaja is a Walnut cake, packed with protein (both beans and walnuts). It is one of Korean's favorite snacks that you can feel good about when munching on. It is popular as a gift of souvenirs as well.
WHERE to find all these mouth-watering Korean street foods?
Obviously, you can easily find these foods on the streets, However, they are mostly in Myeongdong, Hongdae, and Gangnam areas. They are sooo good!