If the idea of no added butter doesn’t appeal to you, we bring you back to another sweet winter food delight that is favored by many tourists and locals – Korean style waffles. You will often see waffles stacked up, waiting to be coated in whipped cream (or even ice cream, but this is winter!) to be devoured by people who are getting a sugar rush. Usually the waffles are pre-made and then heated but if you’re lucky, you can get fresh made waffles. And since this is also one of those heated snacks that will warm your hands while you eat, it’s a great winter food for on the go.
Tip: These are great for waiting in between subway rides. You will often see street food vendors even in subways and will have waffles being sold for around 1,000 won. It’s excellent if you’re hungry and you might even see many college students eating waffles as they are waiting for the subway.
Sundubu Jjigae is one of the spiciest combination available on the streets of Seoul during the winter time. It is a popular dish in the cold seasons because of the spicy broth that will warm up your insides, enough so that you might have that spicy snot come out of your nose. And if you’ve got snot. That means you’re warm 🙂 This Korean soup is made with soft tofu, various seafoods (shrimps or clams), meat, and vegetables. And since it’s usually served boiling in one of those cool stone pots, a lot of places give a raw egg to put inside (don’t worry it’ll cook). Snot and egg = crazy warm winter food.
Another winter snack that’s really popular is roasted chestnuts. It’s the combination of that delicious smell of roasted nuts and super warmth in your mouth and hands that make this a popular winter Korean food to snack on. These are not only available from street vendors but also in convenience stores. They have a similar texture to baked potatoes, and sort of tastes like a cross between a sweet yam and a strong almond. Students are known to snack on these roasted chestnuts during the winter right before their entrance exams (수능), probably for some good luck and brain power! 😉
In the unlikely event that you tire of Korea’s vast selection of soups and stews, another option that’s sure to give you some soul is the traditional Red Bean Soup, also called Pat Juk. Pat (red bean paste) is one of the symbols of winter in Korea, and this porridge is pretty much just winter all in one bowl. But don’t worry, it’s very warm (in that really gooey, porridge kind of way). It is often served to the very old and very young during the cold winter months to keep them healthy, since it is mild and easily digested. The soup is creamy and thick and if you loved all our previous suggestions above that have red bean as an ingredient, well… this is a soup version dedicated to just red beans 😛
The last one on our best recommendations for Korean winter foods and snacks is Chapssaltteok! Since pat is one of the symbols of winter, this pat-filled rice cake snack is a fun (non-traditional) winter gift to give others on Christmas and New Years. It’s not necessarily a food that’ll warm you up, but it’s a really pretty winter food gift to give to your friends and family during the year’s end. And yea… it tastes as good as it looks 🙂
Not sure how cold it gets during the winter? Check out this short video of how cold it gets in Korea!
That concludes our list of Korean winter foods and snacks to eat! What are your favorites from the list and what would you like to try?! Write a response in the comment section below and let us know! 🙂