The street food in Seoul is INSANE. Everything is freaking delicious and it’s hard to stop eating since there’s something new every couple of steps, especially in super touristy areas like Myeongdong. Street food is the ultimate cheap eats.
Starting with Egg Bread, which are just about $1. Soft, savory with a hint of sweetness, the pancake-like base is topped with a whole egg. I barely had to chew, it just melted in my mouth.
At Namdaemun market, my Korean friend Claire told me we HAD to get one of these hodduks, a fried Korean pancake, which is filled with clear noodles and vegetables. The location with the three women by gate 2 is the most popular and well-known by locals. There was a short line and when we got ours, it was piping hot. I dream of eating this again — it was so good.
This hodduk is a sweet one, filled with sugar and cinnamon and also fried, which can mean only one thing. Fried = delicious. The best version of this is at Insadong where you’ll see an orange tent with a long line.
The rest of the street food I had was at Myeongdong, where the streets are completely filled with food carts, mixed with the occasional sock cart. Side note: Socks are a great gift idea since they’re cheap and the quality is pretty good.
Potato Stick. One potato that spirals around a stick, coated in batter, then deep fried. There are 3 optional toppings and I went with onion.
Churros are pretty popular and instead of sticks, they’re shaped into a loop using one long piece, with each made in front of you. They’re coated in sugar and cinnamon. The last time I had churros was in Paris, which were also excellent.
Roasted chestnuts, perfect for the fall weather. They come in a paper bag and are already peeled.
These are Tteok-galbi Meatballs…on a stick. They have different sauces you can top the meatballs with. This one is on the SUPER pricey end at $3.
Pokki was one of my childhood treats in Korea and you would find women making and selling them in residential neighborhoods, but now you can only find them in tourist spots. They’re made by melting sugar and a pinch of baking soda. They’re then flattened and stamped with a simple design. If you were able to cut out the design perfectly, they would give you a free pokki for your efforts. I’m not sure if they still do this though but it’s still fun trying to cut out the shape.
Goldfish Bread are crispy pancakes filled with sweet red beans. I found these miniature versions which were gone in two bites.
And last but not least, the 32cm ice cream. Looks great, tastes horrible.