Just because you’re traveling, doesn’t mean that you have to spend a fortune on food. One of the best travel hacks that you need to know is that in most countries, the street food is not only super affordable, but is often absolutely incredible. If you find yourself in Korea, there are plenty of street foods that you absolutely must sample before you leave. Here are some of the most wonderful dishes you can try that your taste buds will thank you for and won’t break the bank.
Tteokbokki is a typical Korean dish that features cylindrical rice cakes (these are made of non-glutinous rice flour and have a chewy and satisfying consistency) cooked in delicious gochujang chili sauce. You can find tteokbokki easily in Myeongdong Street and Gawngjang market in Seoul.
Odeng – Fish Cake
Odeng is a delicious fish cake that is skewered, cooked on, and served on a stick along with yummy broth. This is a favorite for a reason, which explains why it is so easy to find all over Seoul.
Gyeranppang – Egg Bread
Something you absolutely can’t miss is Gyeranppang, or Korean egg bread. It looks a bit like a muffin and features an egg on top. It’s perfect for breakfast but can also be eaten and lunch or even dinner. Luckily, it’s available all around the streets of Korea so you can find it no matter where you are.
Hotteok – Stuffed Pancakes
What’s better than pancakes? Stuffed pancakes! Hotteok are delicious sweet pancakes that are made with cinnamon, dark brown sugar, and chopped up peanuts. You can also find savory hotteok that are filled with kimchi or japchae. This is certainly not a street food that you want to miss.
Similar to the Japanese dessert taiyaki, bungeoppang is a fish shaped pastry that is most commonly filled with a sweet red bean paste. They’re cooked in a waffle pan that has fish-shaped grooves to create the delightful shape and are served when they’re golden brown. You can also find them stuffed with ice cream if you want to enjoy them on a hot summer day.