In Korea, people work hard. It is common to have a 12-hour workday followed by the usual chores of family life. You don’t have to be in Korea long to realize that most people are very busy and the food is reflective of the lifestyle. Food and Soju tents line many blocks and enable folks to eat quickly while they’re getting from one place to another. Street food is convenient but still offers tasty treats that please every palate. I got together with the two travel bloggers from Dopes on the Road in Seoul to find the best street food to taste.

 

1. Korean BBQ Chicken on a stick

Koreans love BBQ, and so do we! We tried BBQ chicken skewers in Myeong-dong and fell in love. It reminded us of Turkish kebabs but with a distinctly Korean spin. They are covered in your choice of sweet or spicy sauce. After trying a bite, we were sold. Cost: 2,000-2,500 won.

 

Chicken on a stickPhoto credit: Yiow J Chuang

 

2. Twigim

Similar to their Japanese cousin, twigims are battered and deep fried vegetables and meat. Packed with greesy flavor, they are the perfect late night compliment to a bottle of soju. We really loved the sweet potato and the shrimp varieties. Cost 1,500- 2,000 won.

 

Twigim 2

 

3. Mandu

You can never go wrong with dumplings! Korean mandus are filled with meat, kimchi and vegetables. They come fried, steamed and grilled. Be careful with the kimchi dumplings, the spice can sneak up on you. Cost 2,500- 3,000 won for a plate of 5-8 dumplings.

 

Mandu 3

 

4. Tornado Potato

This is a glorious cross between a fry and a potato chip. A spiral cut potato put on a stick, deep-fried and coated in a dry seasoning of your choice. We recommend the cheddar and garlic. You really just can’t go wrong here. Cost 2,000-2,500 won.

 Tornado Potato

 

5. Tteokbokki

Certainly the most commonly found street snack, Tteokbokki is a thick rice noodle covered in a spicy sauce. The spicy sauce can range from mild to extremely spicy. The noodles are usually served with fish cakes and presented 5-10 on a stick. Cost 2,500-4,000 won.

Tteokbokki 1

  

This post was written together with Dopes On The Road. Meg & Lindsay are travel bloggers currently living in Seoul. Photos are also provided by Meg & Lindsay unless mentioned otherwise.

 

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