Five Scrumptious Street-Foods to Try in Seoul
Korean cuisine is considered one of the most delicious in the world, and what better place to enjoy it than Seoul, the vibrant soul of South Korea. With a population of over 10 million, not to mention the millions of tourists who vacation here every year, this South Korean metropolis has more than enough traditional and modern restaurants, to satisfy everyone. But they say the best way to experience real South Korean cuisine, is by venturing on the streets of Seoul and trying its delicious street foods. Letâ€™s have a look at five must-try street foods in Seoul:
One of the most famous dishes in South Korea, Tteokbokki can be found at practically every street food cart in Seoul. But since every vendor in the city has its own secret recipe, each bowl is a whole new experience. Served in paper bowls, Ttekbokki is a Korean rice cake stew, cooked with red hot peppers and onion that give it an unmistakable orange shade. Ttekbokki has gone from being an exclusive dish, served only at the royal court, to one of the most famous street foods in Seoul.
Sundae is one of the oldest foods still consumed in South Korea, with dozens of varieties found all across the country. Its name might lead you to believe itâ€™s a creamy dessert, but that couldnâ€™t be more wrong. The most common type of Sundae served by Seoulâ€™s Pongjangmachas (street food carts) is a sausage made from pigâ€™s intestines stuffed with cellophane noodles, pork blood, garlic and onions. The Sundae sausage is steamed and served in paper cups. To spice up your stay in Seoul, you could try Sundae mixed with Ttokbokki sauce.
Together with Tteokbokki stew, Odeng is considered the most popular street food in Seoul, and it is as simple as it is delicious. Fish and wheat flour are mixed into a paste, together with several spices and herbs, skewered and boiled in a special broth, for added taste. Odeng fish cakes are prepared differently by almost every street food vendor in Seoul, each adding its own secret ingredient, in an attempt to stay ahead of the steep competition. Odeng is served with a paper bowl full of broth, for drinking and dipping, and with a glass of soju, a Korean alcoholic drink.
The first time people set eye on Kimbap rolls, they think to themselves â€œMmm, sushi!â€, but the similarities to the famous Japanese dish end with the steamed rice and seaweed sheets. While sushi is regarded as sophisticated, Kimbap is a Korean fast-food product, surprisingly filling after a long day visiting Seoul. Instead of fish, this Korean light snack is filled with various vegetables, like carrot, cucumber, pickled radish, and meats like ham, beef, sausages or crab sticks.
One of the spiciest concoctions available on the streets of Seoul, Sundubu jigae is especially popular during the cold season, when everyone is looking for ways to stay warm. A soup made with uncurled tofu, various seafood (shrimps or oysters), mushrooms, vegetables and chili peppers, Sundubu jigae is one of Koreaâ€™s favorite delicacies and a must-try while in Seoul.