Complete Guide to Korean Street Food with Pictures – Seoulistic

Complete Guide to Korean Street Food with Pictures

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Korean street food is part of the adventure when traveling in Korea. But some people are like two year old children — they’ll just put anything in their mouths. If you’re a little more concerned about what’s going on in your mouth, check out this complete guide to Korean street food!

Note: We plan to upgrade this post as we fill in a few missing street foods as they come to us. If you feel we’ve missed any street foods, please leave a comment and we’ll be sure to add it to our list for a future update!

Most Common Korean Street Foods

These Korean street foods are found in every neighborhood and at all times of day. Find a street food stall in Korea, and chances are, they’ll be serving these. They’re so popular that some people take the “street” out of street food and serve these at restaurants.

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Tteokbokki (떡볶이 – spicy rice cakes) – Rice cakes in a spicy red pepper paste sauce. And the bright red color should be warning enough of how spicy it can be (depending on where you go). Don’t be intimidated if you only see junior high school girls giggling over rice cakes. Head over there and get some yourself. It’s equally loved by both kids and adults.

If you’re looking for popular places to eat tteokbokki, check out our list of 7 famous tteokbokki places in Seoul!

Variation: Old-style Tteokbokki (옛날떡볶이) – Instead of a spicy sauce, the rice cakes are stir fried in a wok with some oil and then topped with red pepper flakes. The most famous is made by a Korean grandmother that’s over 100 years old. Find her in our list of 15 Markets to Visit in Seoul.

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Sundae (순대 – blood sausage) – Blood sausages are common foods around the world. Korea’s version of it uses coagulated pigs blood, glass noodles and barley, with pig or cow intestines for the sausage skin. Also, if you’re ordering on the street, each order usually comes with a few slices of liver or lung on the side. Some of you are grossed out by this. Don’t worry, some Koreans are too.

Variation: Stir fried blood sausages (순대볶음) – Take all that stuff and stir fry it with veggies and a red pepper paste, and you have yourself another popular street food that’s meant for drinking. Have a bottle of soju while snacking on this. Eat and drink alone for super dramatic effect! 😉

Note: Seoul has a whole town dedicated to the art of cooking sundae!

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Odeng (오뎅 – fish cakes) – At about 500 won a stick, fish cakes are the cheapest street foods you’ll find. They’re skewered on a stick and left in a delicious broth, which happens to be free with any order (not just odeng) and can cures bad hang overs. Put on some soy sauce to enjoy.

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Fried Snacks (튀김 – twigim) – The same carts that sell you tteokbokki, blood sausages and odeng also have delicious fried goods. These fried foods are dipped in a batter to allow for a flakey shell. Ingredients range from dumplings, eggs, peppers, sweet potatoes, and more.

All the above common Korean street foods are usually sold in the same tents. So it’s a one-tent eat all type of deal. If you’re not sure how to order these, find out in our Beginner’s Guide to Korean Street Food!

See next page for traditional Korean street foods!

Keith
Keith
Keith Kim is a Korean-American who has been living in Korea for almost a decade. Being in a unique position as both a Korean and a non-Korean, he's put all his experience and knowledge for surviving in Korea in Survival Korean . Read it to learn how you can survive in Korea. Follow him on Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram.

12 Comments

  1. Lílian says:

    Wow, I think I’ve only tried 4 or 5 of those street foods. One good reason to plan another trip to Seoul haha. Last time my friend bought me 떡꼬치… It is so delicious! Great post, as always. 🙂

  2. Kasper Chong says:

    Keith~~~ you forgot about the fried-potato-swirling-strip-on-a-stick! ( no idea whats that called though) :DD

  3. Marc - Barcelona says:

    Hi everyone! I like reading every article in this website so much!
    But I have a question for you Keith. Is it possible that it takes a few hours, even a few days for a new post to appear on the website? I’m asking this because in the latest update box it says that the last post was done today at 3:27 AM ( time in Korea I guess) but I can’t find it; is that done on purpose? It’s there a technical problem? Is it just my web browser? I have come across with this issue on recent posts. Thank you, and keep working hard because this site is just A-W-E-S-O-M-E!!!

  4. Ken says:

    those silkworm larvaes are just gross man….bleeuuurrgh

  5. Sam Tsai says:

    all of these are amazing but my favorite street food is still hotteok :DDD

  6. Elena says:

    About that toast… 😀
    Funny enough, I’ve met quite a few Dutch people, who eat toasts like that for breakfast: slightly frying egg, putting toast bread on it, ham, and once done – sprinkling with sugar powder and topping with either jam or ketchup.

    That, and pancakes. Usually the thick pancakes, where you eat 2 and you’re stuffed. Of course, with all the stuff on top – it’s no wonder.
    Oh, one difference: I’ve never seen Dutch people putting that toastie in a cup 🙂

    In any case, I was quite surprised to see their combinations. Once in a while it’s as if they take pride in making a weirdest one, but it might just be me. Previously never really considered ham and sweets together, but now – pancake with chocolate spread, egg, ham, ketchup and sugar powder seems quite allright.

    So, I wonder if some Dutch people “drove by” Korea? 🙂

  7. Matt says:

    You missed delimanjoo, I really enjoyed that on cold February afternoon while passing though the subway stations.
    Not sure if they are Korean or not, by my Korean girlfriend says they are popular.

  8. Candy says:

    Hi! Thanks for this guide! I cant wait to be heading to Seoul for study abroad program coming up this winter and this is by far the most helpful site I’ve found yet on street food! Again thanks alot!

    do you have any recommendation for street clothing venues? or any cheap places for souvenirs and shopping in general?

    LOVE THIS SITE!

  9. Missy says:

    Keith mannn are you on instagram? Or is your site? We are visiting seoul now for the next two weeks and your website has been the best!!!! 🙂

  10. Noemi says:

    Hi! I wonder if you can give me the name of the oval-shaped hot cake toped wih egg.? the lady poured the batter inti oval-shaped baking pans about 3-1/2″ x 1-1/2″ , then cracked a fresh egg ontop of the batter, then baked it in a round hot oven until the top of the egg turns brown around the sides and the pancake has risen almost to the brim if the baking pan.

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