No trip to a new country would be complete without devouring as much street food as possible. We arrived in Seoul with a list of over 20 Korean dishes to try, and the intention of checking them all off over the course of our 8 day visit. In the end we missed out on one or two, but that’s just one or two reasons to go back someday. With so many delicious street foods to choose from, narrowing down our favorites was no easy task. So without further ado, here is our list of the top 5 must eat street foods in Seoul!
5. Kogo or Potato Dog
My god. How is this not a thing in America yet? It’s essentially a hotdog on a stick, battered, rolled in pieces of French fries, and then fried. If that doesn’t sound like something that should be sold at every baseball game I don’t know what does. Move over boring old hotdog, the future is here.
Where to get it: We got ours from a vendor opposite Dongdaemun Design Plaza, but we also noticed them at Myeongdong Food Street.
4. Gyeranbbang or Egg Bread
It’s hard to miss this awesome street food snack as you walk around Seoul. The bright yellow egg yolk catches your eye and draws you in. Next thing you know you’re ordering one. You never really stood a chance against your curiosity. The bread is almost pancake like and has a bit of sweetness to it, making it a perfect sweet and savory snack.
We also came across one vendor selling cheese egg bread!
Where to get it: Insadong, Myeongdong Food Street, other spots. We saw it randomly along different streets as we walked, so just keep an eye out for it!
3. Jjinmandu or Steamed Dumplings
Though their fried counterparts remain more popular, there may be nothing better than a hot, fresh kimchi or pork jjinmandu. Simple yet flavorful filling wrapped inside a fluffy dumpling wrapper. What’s not to love? My mouth is watering just thinking about them.
Where to get them: Namdaemun Market. We got ours at Kamae Yeanal Son Wang Mandu. Just look for the crowd gathered around steaming piles of dumplings.
Price: 5 for 3,000krw
2. Hotteok- Sweet or Savory Pancakes
Fried Korean pancakes filled with a little something sweet or a little something savory. Is it healthy? Absolutely not. Is it delicious? Unbelievably. The sweet version is traditionally filled with brown sugar, honey, cinnamon, and peanuts. Try one and you’ll see why it’s one of our favourite Korean sweet treats.
The savory version, Yachae-Hotteok, is stuffed with noodles and veggies before being fried to a beautiful golden brown color. It was Amy’s street food of choice in Seoul.
Where to get it: Insadong, Myeongdong Food Street
1. Ddongbbang or Poop Bread
Every 12 year olds favourite emoji in edible form. Of all the quirky street treats available in this city, poop bread has to top the list. Something shaped like a poo and oozing chocolate doesn’t exactly scream ‘eat me’. However, I’m here to tell you it’s actually really good! One bite of the chocolate filled, cake like pile of poop and you’ll be asking for seconds.
Where to get it: Insadong
There you have it, our 5 favourite Seoul street foods. What’s your favourite? Leave us a comment and let us know!