Cuisine: Korean/Street food
Last visited: April 3-5, 2010
Location: Seoul, City Centre (Myeong Dong)
Price Range: $10 or less
1: Poor 2: OK 3: Good 4: Very good 5: Excellent 6: Tres Excellent!!
Welcome to the 1st Follow Me Foodie post in Korea! Whether or not you’re planning to travel to Korea I’m here to show you why you should plan to visit Korea. Foodie or not there’s something for everyone to enjoy. From traditional Korean street food to Korean fusion street food I have the highlights here!
What better way to start my culinary adventure in Korea than by hitting up their local street food. Every city has their own and more often than not it’s pretty damn good and cheap.
In Vancouver it’s hot dogs and we don’t really get more creative than that… well I guess there’s the Japadog. In Korea there’s a ton and it gets pretty multi-cultural. Literally every street corner there’s someone selling something edible which made it even hard on me and my tummy. I wanted to try it all!
I’m not sure what all the names of the items are, but I’m calling them as I see fit.
Also see my post on Chinese Street Food in China
On the street:
Korean Chicken Donairs – n/a
- Wait… I thought I was in Korea? Not Turkey! Yup – this is Korean Shawarmas/Donairs. Freaking sweet!
- I didn’t get to try them because I was on my way to dinner and it was the last stand we passed.
- I really really want to go back to try these, but I have too many other things I want to try as well that might get in the way.
- It’s not traditional Korean food, but a fusion thing.
- I saw this before I saw the rotisserie grill so I initially thought they were Korean tacos. Korean tacos are super popular in LA and I wanted to try them when I was there but I missed it. I thought that’s what these were until I saw the rotisserie chicken.
- They serve it like a donair and top it with lettuce and what looked like ketchup, mustard, and hot Korean chili sauce.
Korean Beard Papa’s Cream Puffs – n/a
- Beard Papa’s Cream Puffs – but it’s the Korean version.
- The puffs are double in size – they’re freakin huge!
- I didn’t try this one either because I figured it was quite similar to Beard Papa’s in Vancouver.
Korean Sausages – 3/6
- So Koreans love sausages because I saw numerous sausage stands.
- They have all different types: sausage stuffed with rice cakes, regular sausage, Teriyaki sausage, cheese sausage, sausage wrapped in seaweed, bacon wrapped sausage, deep fried sausage – almost anything you can think of you can find it here.
Korean sausage stuffed with rice cake – 4/6
- I tried the sausage stuffed with rice cake. It was also drizzled with mustard and ketchup. It was good!
- The sausage is a bit drier and then you have the chewy rice cake inside. I liked it!
- I tried a regular sausage as well – which was regular. I wouldn’t have chose it but I didn’t have a choice. It was a 2 for 1 “cook’s choice” deal. I mean it was juicy but something I can eat in Vancouver.
- The reason I’m not eating it on the street is because I brought it inside a cafe we went to later.
Buttered Squid – 6/6
- This is the really traditional and authentic Korean street food. What the locals eat and grow up with.
- It’s buttered squid and it’s absolutely delicious.
- The give you 2 bags – the first with the legs and the second with the body. They’re both dried and then the lady griddles it in butter before serving it. Awesome!
- It’s almost like jerky. It’s fishy tasting, chewy, a little soft from the melted butter, sweet and also salty. I liked the squid body better. The squid legs are a bit too tough.
- She also serves a variety of squid and octopus chips etc. They love squid in Korea!
Korean Sugar Cookies/Crisps – 1/6
- I tried this and it was my least favourite of everything I tried.
- It’s pretty much a Korean version of a sugar cookie or crisp. It’s very thin and brittle.
- The lady just melts pure sugar and water and pours it into a mold. She cooks it on a hot griddle until it caramelizes and hardens. Lastly she engraves a heart shaped stamp or star on it just before it completely cools and hardens.
- It was boring for me and just pure sugar and too sweet. It tastes like honeycomb.
Korean Pancakes and Rice Cakes – n/a
- I had a couple home cooked Korean pancakes and home cooked Korean rice cakes the night before so I just passed on these.
- These are the best home cooked anyways.
Korean BBQ Chicken Skewers – 3/6
- These were white meat chicken which was surprising because Asians like dark meat. These were really saucy and sweet.
- They were spinning on the BBQ for a long time so they were probably dry but I couldn’t tell because they were covered with sauce.
- Half was covered with a sweet honey like sauce and the other half was coated in a spicy and sweet Korean chili sauce.
- The chicken skewer is drizzled with mayo and mustard before serving – it’s pretty much chicken and packaged sauce… a lot of it!
- It’s about $1.50 for a stick.
Korean Dragon’s Beard Candy – 3/6
- I have to start off by saying these are originally a traditional Chinese dessert. This is the Korean version.
- These are very new to Korea and they’re becoming super famous here. All the Korean celebrities are eating them so it’s an “in” thing and popular food trend. My Korean friends had never seen until now and they didn’t even know the Chinese version existed CENTURIES ago.
- The Chinese version is much better except the Korean ones have more flavours.
- It comes in peanut, almond, or walnut and walnut is most popular. The traditional Chinese one only comes in peanut.
- It’s basically Asian style cotton candy except rather than using a machine to spin the sugar they use their hands to pull the sugar… with gloves.
- It’s balls of cotton candy stuffed with (in this case) walnut crumbs mixed with sugar.
- The reason why these ones aren’t as good as the Chinese ones is because they’re not as soft or delicate or chewy. They harden really fast and get stuck to your teeth. The Chinese ones can be found at the Richmond Night Market and melt in your mouth. See my details regarding the Chinese Dragon Beard’s Candy here: Chinese Night Market in Richmond
Turkish Ice Cream – 6/6
- I know it’s not Korean, but it was one of my favourites!!! SOOO GOOD! It was Turkish Ice Cream!
- It’s relatively new to the Korean street food scene. Apparently the last few years there’s been an increase of Turkish immigration. I have no idea why. But anyways they introduced Koreans to Turkish ice cream.
- It tastes just like regular ice cream but it’s super chewy!
- I have no idea how he did it but he scoops the whole ice cream out of the bucket and makes a show out of it… like the eggball guy at the Chinese Night Market in Richmond.
- Oh and this guy spoke fluent Korean. Impressed me in 2 ways!
- Yeah I wish you get the whole scoop but you don’t. He does this part as a tease and for show.
- It’s a super stretchy ice cream and it’s almost like play dough.
- There’s chocolate and vanilla and you get a combination of both and a regular sized scoop in the end.
- This was $3.