Walking around in Seoul, you’ll find street food almost EVERYWHERE.
There lots and lots of things to try here.
You’ll see street treats such as hotteok (stuffed pancake), tteokbokki (spicy rice cakes), odeng (fish cake),
the list is endless.
Well known for being cheap and delicious, you have to try Korean street food when you visit.
Today, I listed my personal top 5 street food favorites that you can enjoy alone or with your friends.
1. Ehwa University Chicken Skewers (이대 닭꼬치)
As soon as you come out out Ehwa University station exit 2 and 3, you’ll see a street filled with Chicken Skewers. The Chicken Skewers here are unique from other places.
They have a special ‘sweet’ taste. Ehwa University, being a women’s university have based their flavor off of the students’ tastes.
Other Chicken Skewer places are all about being spicy, but here, you’ll find variety of flavors from curry, salted, barbecued, etc.
Chicken Skewers start from 1500 KRW.
2. Myungdong Potato Hotdogs (명동 감자핫도그)
Potato Hotdog is one of the must try street foods in Myungdong. Opposed to the original hot dog, which is a sausage dressed in flour, this hotdog also has fried potatoes glued outside. Because of its ugly visual, it also has a nickname “Ugly Hotdog”.
Its delicate and crispy taste is a good snack to have on the streets.
Potato fries, hotdog, and ketchup is not surprisingly a very good combination not only to Koreans but to the foreign tourists as well.
You’ll be shocked at how big this thing is and very reasonable cost as well!
Potato Hotdogs are about 3000 KRW.
3. Shinchon Baby Kimbap (신촌 꼬마김밥)
Located in the alley entrances throughout Shinchon, the Baby Kimbap tents are super popular especially amongst the local merchants. Honestly, Baby Kimbap doesn’t look very special and not much different from traditional kimbaps.
Inside the Baby Kimbap, you’ll see a red seasoning, a nice piece of squid. The combination of rice, and spicy squid is surprisingly fascinating. Right in between normal and spicy, Baby Kimbap is delicious enough to satisfy both spicy and non spicy food lovers.
Baby Kimbaps are about 2000 KRW.
4. Namdaemun Market Gamegol King Dumpling (남대문시장 가메골 손왕만두)
At Namdaemun Market, you’ll find an area where people are lined up outside.
‘Gamegol King Dumpling’ is a restaurant where people go to have their dumplings ‘take out’ or to go. You’ll notice that when the dumplings are being prepared, the place is empty, but as soon as the dumplings are cooked and ready, people line up in seconds to get their dumplings packaged and ready to take home.
The normal and spicy flavors are basic flavors, in addition, they offer Shrimp dumpling and Kalbi dumplings as well.
Its soft wrapping and the juicy meat inside is satisfying taste for everyone.
5 dumplings are 3500 KRW
10 dumplings are 7000 KRW
50 dumplings are 35,000 KRW
(They wrap it in a nice box starting from 10 dumplings)
5. Namedaemun Market Busan Ssiat Hotteok (남대문시장 씨앗호떡)
Last but not least! Ssiat Hotteok! Well known as Busan Hotteok, you can taste the most famous hotteok in the food paradise, Namdaemun market!
Different from the normal sweet hotteok, which is basically sugar and honey fried inside dough, this special hotteok is made of thick dough of corn starch and inside is raisins, sunflower seeds, almonds, and nuts! And it gives a savory taste.
If you aren’t into nuts, there’s also hotteoks that has vegetables and also red bean pot.
Ssiat hotteok is 1000 KRW,
Vegetable hotteok is 1000 KRW,
Red bean pot hotteok is 1500 KRW.