Spotlight: Street Food in Seoul

Asides from the occasional hot dog vendor, street food in Toronto is pretty nonexistent. So I was ecstatic to be surrounded by a variety of food at all times of the day, and in all corners of Seoul.

Below is a list of my personal favourites of the many street foods I’ve tried.

Hotteok (호떡)
What it is: Sugar and nuts/seeds fried in a pancake, ranges from 500 to 1000 won
Why you need to try it: Ranges from bread-like to mochi-like. Our favourite stand was the lady in front of Changdeokgung.

Egg Bread (계란빵)
What it is: A slightly sweet bread with an egg cracked on top, with a sprinkling of seeds
Why you need to try it: Breakfast in the palm of your hand. Or a nice snack. Or both. 

Deep Fried Spicy Rice Cakes (떡꼬치)
What it is: Fried rice cakes with a spicy glaze. Some varieties come with sausage.
Why you need to try it: Everything you love about ddukbokki, but deep fried.

French Fry Hot Dog (감자핫도그)
What it is: A corndog covered with french fries.
Why you need to try it: This does not need any explanation.

Kimbab (김밥)
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What it is: Things wrapped in rice and seaweed, and covered with sesame oil and sesame seeds. Some call it Korean sushi.
Why you need to try it: Sesame oil makes everything taste better. Probably one of the lighter street food options.

Nearly everything we saw looked or tasted good. The only thing we didn’t want to try was the steamed silkworm… Just not that adventurous yet.


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