20 Delicious Korean Street Food You Must Try In South Korea

What are some of the most delicious Korean Street Food you must try when visiting South Korea?

I mean, when you think of South Korea, what do you normally think about?

Most people would say Kpop, Fashion, maybe even Makeup and Costmetics and that’s about it.

However unbeknownst to many people, South Korea is much more than that.

This country has a thriving food culture that is constantly changing to please peoples palates.

In fact, this country is filled with so many different kinds of food with influences from all over the world. It is literally a food lover’s dream come true as you are able to taste so many different kinds of delicious foods.

It is here where you are able to find amazing Michelin star quality restaurants as well as street foods and anything else you might think of. South Korea has it all.

It’s no wonder millions of people visit South Korea each and every year from all around the world.

Now because there are so many different kinds of foods available here in this country, it might be hard to try them all. Especially if it is going to be your first time visiting this place.

Which is why i’m here to help you out.

In this post, i’ll be highlighting the 20 best Korean street food you need to try when you are visiting South Korea.

By the way, I hope you like spicy foods because Koreans love their food to be really spicy.

So anyways? Lets get started!

20 Delicious Street Foods You Need To Try In South Korea

In no particular order, here are the best Korean Street Food to try when visiting South Korea.

Tteokbokki

Tteokbokki

Tteokbokki is a popular Korean street food dish that consists of a spicy rice cake. You’ll notice it immediately by it’s familiar appearance. It’s a long, white and cylinder-shaped rice cake that has been drenched in fiery hot sauce.

The most common form of this dish that you can find is usually a combination of fish cakes, boiled eggs and scallions. This dish can be commonly found in almost every snack bar or street stall in the country at a very reasonable price.

Typical Price: 300 Won ($0.25 USD) +

Kimbap

Kimbap

Kimbap is a Korean street food staple that is made with cooked rice and other ingredients that is then rolled in sheets of dried seaweed. It is basically similar to a sushi roll except the rice isn’t really mixed with vinegar. The filling usually consists of cheese, squid, carrot, egg, tuna or any other ingredients with sesame seeds sprinkled on top.

When you buy a Kimbap, the vendor will usually cut them up into smaller pieces for you to eat. It is a delicious snack that everybody would love.

Typical Price: 5000 Won ($4.11 USD) +

Tokkebi Hot Dogs

Tokkebi Hot Dogs

As you know, Koreans love their hot dogs, so its no wonder that they would constantly come up with new and fresh recipes featuring the hot dog. One such creation is the Tokkebi. The Tokkebi is basically a deep fried hot dog that is covered with tiny bits of french fries. And depending on which vendor you go to, some may use a different covering for the hot dog like crushed ramen instead.

Typical Price: 5000 Won ($4.11 USD) +

Odeng

Odeng

One of the most popular food items you can find at street vendors is a food called an Odeng. This is basically a Korean fish cake that takes on many shapes. The fish paste is seasoned and mixed with starch, flour, rice wine, and other spices to then form what you know as an Odeng. It usually comes with a serving of warm and tasty broth to give it that extra flavor.

In fact, many people with hangovers usually choose this to eat as it makes for a perfect tasty cure.

Typical Price: 500 Won ($0.50 USD) +

Korean Grilled Cheese Lobster

Korean Grilled Cheese Lobster

Korean Grilled Cheese Lobster might just be the most expensive street food you can find in Korea. It consists of a lobster tail that has been grilled with cheese added on top. It’s just that simple! And it makes for a real tasty and delicious bite. Lobster meat is so juicy and tender with the cheese being all gooey and stuff, you will absolutely fall in love with this.

Typical Price: 18243 Won ($15.00 USD) +

Korean BBQ Skewers

Korean BBQ Skewers

You already know, there is definitely going to be some vendors around Korea selling Korean BBQ skewers. After all, Korean BBQ is a staple among the locals here. You’ll be able to find all sorts of BBQ skewers from beef to lamb to pork to seafood any anything else you might imagine.

It makes for a perfect grab and eat type situation as they are relatively cheap and affordable as well as tasty.

Typical Price: 1000 Won ($0.82 USD) +

Mandu

Mandu

Mandu is basically the Korean version of a dumpling. These delicious little bites can be filled with all sorts of different ingredients. Some common fillings you might find in these are beef, pork, kimchi, chives, shrimp, seafood, and more. The dumplings are most commonly steamed, but you can also find fried versions as well.

They are also really cheap and the vendor will usually give you quite a bit whenever you buy.

Typical Price: 4000 Won ($3.29 USD) +

Tornado Potato

Tornado Potato

If you love eating potatoes, then this will be the food for you. A tornado potato is exactly how it sounds. It is a potato that has been cut in the shape of spirals and skewered to give an appearance of a tornado. It is one of the most trendiest food items in Korea.

Common flavors you can find are barbecue, cheese, as well as salt. And depending on which stall or vendor you go to, you can even combine all the flavors into one.

Typical Price: 500 Won ($0.50 USD) +

Dakkochi

Dakkochi

If you are new to the whole street food scene and don’t want to be too adventurous yet, you can start with a Dakkochi. It is a great introduction to Korean street food and gives you the same great flavors that you would expect from any street food.

A Dakkochi is basically a grilled chicken skewer. Depending on which vendor or stall you go to, it may or may not be marianted and glazed with some hot sauce before grilling. However, I would definitely recommend you to get the one paired with a spicy hot sauce as it adds some exceptional flavors to your bite.

Typical Price: 500 Won ($0.50 USD) +

Hotteok

Hotteok

Hotteok is a unique kind of treat where it looks like a pancake, but actually isn’t. It kind of reminds me of a flatter donut because the insides are usually filled with some kind of sweet or savory filling.

Some of the fillings you might find inside a Hotteok are red bean paste, sweet potato, ground peanut, onions or japchae and much more. It’s a very unique dish that can’t be found anywhere else.

Typical Price: 500 Won ($0.50 USD) +

Baked Cheese Scallops

Baked Cheese Scallops

Similar to the cheese lobster tails above, this is also a pretty expensive dish. It consists of scallops being cut up and grilled on a huge shell. Once it gets hot enough, they’ll put in the butter which makes everything so buttery and juicy as well as the cheese.

Do be careful as when they give it to you, the shell and scallops is going to be blazing hot, so don’t touch the shell. Instead, hold onto it with the paper plate that they give you along with it..

Typical Price: 9729.89 Won ($8.00 USD) +

Soondae

Soondae

Now when you first hear the name Soondae, you might think they are talking about a Sundae. However, you are entirely wrong. This is a completely different food item than the sugary food you grown up with.

A “Soondae” is basically blood sausage. It is a favorite item for many people to eat. Koreans have their own unique way of preparing this fine delicacy. Some mix with with glass noodles or sticky rice and then either steam or boil it. And depending on where you get this item, it may come with a side dish of other kinds of foods.

Typical Price: 500 Won ($0.50 USD) +

Jokbal

Jokbal

Jokbal is a popular Korean street food dish that consists of pig trotters/feet that have been cooked with soy sauce and other spices to give it that delicious taste. And many vendors around will usually offer both a regular and a spicy version.

Jokbal is usually considered to be a food you eat while drinking some alcohol, which is why it is usually accompanied by some soju. Plus, when they serve you, it is usually in large portions. Which is why this is a common food item that you can share between your friends and family.

Typical Price: 7000 Won ($5.76 USD) +

Gyeran-ppang

Gyeran-ppang

Gyeran-ppang is a warm street snack sold throughout South Korea. The fluffy, oblong-shaped loaf of bread is sweet and savory with a whole egg inside the pancake dough. It is a common staple that many Koreans will eat.

Typical Price: 1000 Won ($0.82 USD) +

Pajeon

Pajeon

Pajeon is a type of Korean pancake that is commonly eaten at street markets. It is similar to a pancake in that it consists of eggs, wheat flour, rice flour, scallions and some other ingredients depending on the version of the dish Plus, they’ll usually top it off with some beef, pork, kimchi, shellfish or any other seafood.

It makes for a perfect snack you can just grab and eat while roaming around.

Typical Price: 4000 Won ($3.29 USD) +

Jajangmyeon

Jajangmyeon

Jajangmyeon is basically the Asian version of spaghetti. It is a noodle dish that is mixed with sweet bean sauce and usually has pork and vegetables added in to it. It is very rich in flavor, chewy as well as saucy. Which makes this a favorite among many locals in Korea.

Typical Price: 5000 Won ($4.11 USD) +

Chimaek

Chimaek

Chimaek is basically a Korean fried chicken. Now I know each country has their own style in making a fried chicken dish, but Korea has it on a totally different level. It is usually one of the must-eat items when it comes to street food in Korea.

The difference between Chimaek and other fried chickens that you can find in other parts of the world is that this chicken is spicy. And when you get it at stalls, they will usually cover it with some type of honey sauce which makes the heat much more bearable. It’ll make you all warm and hot with each and every bite you take as you keep coming back for more.

Typical Price: 500 Won ($0.50 USD) +

Juice

Juice

Juice is one of the quintessential items you can find in a street market. Many of these stalls will sell a variety of juices either from vegetables or fruits. It makes for a perfect refreshment drink to have especially because many of these street markets get really hot. So something to cool you down is a no brainer.

Ice Cream

Ice Cream

One of the best desserts you can find all over Korea is ice cream. And there are so many different variety of ice cream that you need to try.

For instance, a popular modern twist to the ice cream is that of a cane. The ice cream is filled inside a cane tube cone and is a delicious treat to have. Another variety you might find is ice cream put into fish shaped waffle casings. It is adorable and refreshing and will definitely satisfy your sugary tooth.

Typical Price: 500 Won ($0.50 USD) +

Patbingsu

Patbingsu

If you never had shaved ice from an Asian country before, you don’t know what you are missing. It is literally like nothing you have ever seen before. It is basically shaved ice with various kinds of toppings on top. This can include red beans, rice cakes, fruits and syrup toppings as well.

It is a great treat to have especially during the summer times when it gets insanely hot.

Typical Price: 5500 Won ($4.52 USD) +

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As you can see from this list, South Korea is an amazing place for some delicious and tasty foods.

If you are visiting this country, hopefully this list will be able to help you out in finding just what foods you are able to eat.

Also if you are wondering what other things there is to do in South Korea, I have some posts for you.

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So let me know! If you have visited South Korea before, what foods are your favorite?