In a world of multitasking, there are times we need our food to be just as mobile as we are. Sure, we could reach for a bag of chips, but what about those moments when you want a snack that’s a little more sophisticated than a trip to the convenience store, yet not so sophisticated that we have to stop everything and sit down for table service? Let’s face it, we’re people on the move, and when the time comes to visit Korea, these snacks will make it possible to eat and keep exploring.
UPGRADE YOUR DOG
Cheese or potato? Instead of going with the usual cornmeal-battered hot dog, take one of these for a walk. A popular street food in Korea, the corndog has been taken well beyond its original form. For the cheese lover on the go, grab a stick of fried mozzarella coated in panko breadcrumbs and rolled in sugar. Dress it up however you like, and munch on ooey-gooeyness as you move to your next destination.
If french fries are your weakness, give the Kogo a try. It’s a corndog shelled in fried potatoes, how much better can it get? Add condiments that suit your tastes for the perfect snack to take with you.
And if you’d like a little less meat with your spuds, give the tornado potato a whirl!
CAKE, CAKE, CAKE
If you’ve watched enough K-dramas, there’s no doubt you’ve seen eomuk-kkochi. Eomuk (or odeng) is a fishcake skewer composed of a mix of fish paste, vegetables, sugar, and starch; sometimes served with broth for dipping. Soy sauce or chili paste also add a kick of flavor. Sauce or no sauce, don’t take too long to decide and let these get cold before taking your first bite!
Not to be confused with tteokbokki, tteok-kkochi is a transportable fried rice cake skewer that’s crispy and chewy under a spicy chili-based sauce. For a meatier version, give sotteok a try, alternating rice cakes and sausage. Which one are you reaching for first?
THE SWEET STUFF
To be fair, there are plenty of options when it comes to portable desserts. Fruity, chocolatey, savory, tart--whatever you’re in the mood for, there’s something out there for you. Some of it almost looks too pretty to eat. Almost.
How many candied strawberries can you eat?
Whether called ppopgi or dalgona, this simply sweet candy is made by melting sugar over low heat, adding baking soda, and pressing with a mold. Also known as Korean sponge candy, you’ll find them in shapes such as stars, ducklings, trees, hearts, and more.
Melona is a favorite when it comes to frozen snacks. Though offered in flavors like banana, strawberry, mango, and coconut; the original honeydew still reigns supreme. Take one out on a sunny day for a creamy, fruity refreshment.
The Soobak bar looks like watermelon, tastes like watermelon, and the “seeds” are chocolate! This popsicle is a childhood favorite for many in Korea; so much so that its popularity has remained steady since 1992.
This is only a small sample of the vast offerings of food on the run. Check out even more options in our post on Must-Try Korean Street Food. Mouth watering, yet?
Written by Britt Franklin