These Korean Foods Are Sure To Get You Into The Winter Spirit!

By Ryann Ellis

The winter time is the perfect time to get together with friends and family and share the various adventures that happened throughout the year.  With great stories comes great food, and Korea is no exception to this. In fact, some foods sold throughout the country can only be found during the holidays, so here are 5 foods that can be found in Korea during the winter season:

  • Bungeo-ppang (붕어빵)-  Bungeo-ppang literally translates to “carp bread” or how I typically like to call it fish bread (물고기빵). This bread is served hot and is filled with delicious red bean paste. Shoppers can easily find this treat at almost any street cart or tent in abundance and is perfect to warm you up on a chilly afternoon. Alternatively in the summertime food tent goers can buy this tasty treat with red bean paste and ice cream filled in the middle.
  • Hotteok (호떡)- Hotteok is probably one of the most popular treats served during the winter in Korea. The dough is rolled out and usually filled with sweet treats like nuts and syrups of all kind then is fried. Topped with cinnamon or sugar it’s definitely a sweet treat that will warm you up on a cold winter day.
  • Eomuk (어묵)- Eomuk (also known as odeng) is not technically classified as a winter-only treat, but it’s definitely one of the easiest to find. This squiggly looking street food is a fish cake--like the ones served with tteokbokki--that’s put on a stick and served with broth.  This is by far one of my personal favorites! Yum!
  • Gyeran-ppang (계란빵)- Gyeran-ppang translates literally to “egg bread,” and it’s exactly what it is. This special treat can be limited as many tents only serve it during the winter time. A fully-cooked egg is stuffed into what could essentially be considered a muffin, and then can be topped with seeds or diced ham. In Myeongdong, a district in Seoul, you will find these everywhere so you don’t have to worry about missing out.
  • Gonggal-ppang (공갈빵)- Surprise! This bread has a little secret to it. Despite it’s extremely stuffed and fluffy look, when you bite into it you might be surprised to find out it’s actually completely hollow inside which is where the name “empty bread” comes from. Don’t let that set you back, though, this bread is absolutely delicious and sometimes served with seeds and honey. If you’re familiar with the Mexican Sopapilla then this bread should do you justice!

So now that you’re armed with the knowledge of all the amazing treats that are available in Korea during the winter time, I think it’s time that you hit the streets with an empty stomach and maybe stop at each food tent while you’re at it. Happy Eating!

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