Part 1 of my street food adventures took place over 3.5 years ago, and surprisingly, the only repeat I had this time was hotteok. Due to my odd schedule, the convenience store ended up being my best friend this time around, but I still enjoyed the odd street vendor (or, more often, subway vendor) fare.
I’ve had plenty of walnut cakes (호두과자) growing up, as my cousin worked at a bakery and her boss let her take the unsold ones home at the end of the day. However, I never had manjoo before, and as we were exiting Toseong station, the aroma of freshly baked pastries had my friend circling back with a couple bills in her hand. Continue reading Spotlight: Subway & Street Food, pt. 2→
On my last day in Seoul, I had the morning free before I needed to head to the airport for my afternoon flight. My bunkmate also didn’t have plans before her evening flight, so we decided to grab lunch together.
After spending the morning walking from Samcheongdong to Gwanghwamun, I finally found myself in the midst of Insadong, with my belly rumbling.
I still get a little intimidated about eating at restaurants alone. My determination to eat warm food overtook my hesitation to try and communicate in my very limited Korean, but despite being physically open, a couple of places said they wouldn’t be serving food until an hour later. After circling the area a few times, I found a restaurant that was open and served soups and stews, something I had been craving due to the chilly weather.
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.
Before going to Seoul, I had stumbled across a few pictures on Instagram of what I described as “green tea magic”, and instead of the fruitless longing that usually accompanies photos of delicious food faraway, I realized I could actually pay one a visit.
Lucky for us, we lived near one and stumbled across it on our first night, and decided to pay it a visit for breakfast the next morning. Continue reading OSULLOC→
We were lucky to have beautiful weather for the majority of our trip in Seoul, but one of the side effects of hot weather was an increased craving for ice cream… at least that was our excuse.
I had heard of honey chip ice cream before, so when we passed by a Softree near Bukchon Hanok Village, and decided to stop by after lunch.
First of all, they advertise their organic soft serve, which was something I can’t say I’ve tried before. Thankfully, it was delicious and creamy, and I would have enjoyed it on its own.
The honey chip itself is a small piece of honeycomb, and when you bite into it, gooey honey oozes out. The honey was sometimes a little bit overpowering, but it did match well with the ice cream. I did find that some pieces of honeycomb were too tough to chew, but overall it made for an interesting treat. I would definitely get it again…