Street Food Part 1 – Seoul, South Korea
Posted on March 17, 2013 by DL
Before heading to Seoul, I had imagined korean street food to be like those in korean dramas, with street vendors lining up the narrow streets & people standing around breathing away in the cold winter air, as they dig their face in the steaming hot food.
I was not disappointed.
I know some people are afraid of eating street food because of the perceived hygiene issues, but honestly, everything is either deep fried or cooked to death in a broth that your chance of catching anything is probably on par with you winning the lottery.
Below is a selection of the variety you will see on the streets, most if not all of the street vendors charge about $1-$3 AUD per serve. ( The only exception to this rule was the Gopchang, which cost $20 AUD)
Fish sticks and Korean Sausages – Korean’s have this insane addiction to sausages and processed fish sticks, so much so, they call their sausages…wait for it…
Tornado Potato wrapped Hot Dog - A deep fried hot dog wrapped with spiral cut potato.
Gye-ran-bbang (Egg Bread) - Sweet bread with an egg. A good change from all the savoury street vendors!
Tokkebi Hotdogs – Deep fried Hot dog wrapped in chips. America, take a good look, this is the future of NFL Half-time snack right here!
Gopchang ($20 AUD) - Stir-fried cow intestines with vegetables and potato noodles in an intense, but not over powering chili sauce – Not for the faint hearted, but if your eyes glow when you see the word offal on any menu, go for it!
Tteokochi: Skewered rice cake that are deep fried and then basted with a sweet red chili sauce. – wasn’t too impressed, much prefer the normal tteokbokki.
Ddong pancakes – Pooh shaped pancakes, yes pooh shaped. To make the experience more authentic red bean are used to mimic the colour of pooh. Thankfully, it smells and taste nothing like pooh.
Dakkocchi (Chicken skewers) – these were bloody juicy, but for $3, it’s on the more expensive end of koren street food.
Chalba – Similar to hot pockets. Available with autumn squash, curry cheese, bulgogi, and sweet potato.
Odeng: Fish cake on a stick and boiled in a aromatic broth. The fish cake was very soft but the best bit was the soup, which to my surprise was free & unlimited with every purchase.