Welcome to the wonderful world of Korean street food. If you’re heading to Seoul and looking to try some authentic dishes, head to Gwangjang market – the oldest traditional Korean market in the country.
We understand that dining in a foreign country can sometimes be overwhelming, especially when you don’t understand the language. So we’ve provided you with a Gwangjang street food bucket list to get you well on your way to enjoying some quintessential Korean street food dishes.
Mayak Kimbap 마약김밥
A go-to Korean lunchbox snack and picnic favourite – Mayak Kimbap is your first stop on our list. Whilst you can get kimbap at any local convenience store, nothing beats eating this freshly-rolled snack straight from the market. Each kimbap is beautifully crafted from a thin sheet of seaweed, stuffed with rice, vegetables, an egg and a choice of filling. Mayak kimbap is a smaller version, so whether you want a light lunch, or a healthy snack to keep you going, this is an utterly delicious option which is handy for eating on the go! Want to try this at home? Read our homemade kimbap recipe.
Turn up the heat! This little fire cracker of a dish delivers some intense heat. As soon as you walk into any Korean street food market, you can’t help but notice the bubbling orange vats of this Korean staple. Made from gooey rice cakes, fish cakes, boiled eggs and spring onions in a sweet and spicy sauce, tteokbokki is an incredibly popular snack. Keep a bottle of water by your side for this one. Find our tteokbokki recipe if you dare to try this at home!
Whilst the words ‘mung bean’ don’t exactly sound too appealing, these golden crispy pancakes are a Korean street food staple loved by many.
If you’re looking to try something a little more adventurous, place sundae on your ‘must eat’ list. Made from boiled pig or cow intestines stuffed with pig’s blood, noodles and vegetables, it’s safe to say that it’s not to everyone’s taste. This dish could perhaps be likened to British black pudding…but squishier.
If you’ve made it through this list and are still somehow hungry, there’s always room for a little dessert. This cute little fish-shaped pastry is filled with red bean paste, a popular choice of filling which is included in many other traditional Korean desserts including bingsu.
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