Feeding off the last blog of Savory Street Foods, this list is for all the sweet savory street foods!
One of the most popular sweet tooth satisfactions for teachers in Korea that is also a street food yum is the waffles. For that reason, starting with a street food that only costs a dollar on average (in the streets) is the way to go! You can have a waffle topped with half honey and a cream of your choice or even topped with a scoop of ice cream for a hot summer day. It is absolutely delicious and a quick pick up for anyone who loves waffles the way I do.
Because waffles are a popular snack to go with coffee, you can find waffles in may coffee shops, on average for a price of an American equivalent three dollars, but they are usually smaller in size. The best part about eating a waffle in a coffee shop is the many different toppings that you can have with your waffle which includes fruits and ice cream.
The main difference between a street waffle and those in a coffee shop is the texture of the waffle. For those that are quick pick me ups on the street, it is usually the classic American thin waffle that is made with a waffle pan. These are crispy and flat whereas the coffee shop's waffle vary in texture. Some may be flat, but usually it is a fluffy thick waffle that is made fresh. Regardless of what kind of waffle it is and the texture of the waffle, I believe Korea has one of the best waffles in the world!
Schneepang is taking over Korea, this hard waffle ball that is topped with different flavors which include chocolate, caramel, strawberry, cinnamon or a plain glaze, originating in Germany. This ball is thrown into a bag and banged by a hammer a few times before given to you. A bag of broken up pieces of a hard waffle cone topped with a syrup, the ultimate sweet snack that is like a cookie mix. For just $3 a ball, it is a cheap street food yum that you can splurge on the calories by making it up with excessive walking and shopping in Myeondong.
One of the cutest and sweetest cheap eats on the streets of Korea is the various shaped burnt sugar 꿀타래. For less than a dollar, this circular shaped caramelized like sugar with a cute image in the center is extremely sweet, even sweeter than some candies that I have had in Korea while teaching English. The test for many is to eat around the shape and not crack the shape in the center, but I have yet to do so. Be sure to test your skills with this sweet tooth satisfaction! You can definitely find this in all tourist areas, any popular areas. Extremely great snack to walk and munch on.
My all time favorite street food yum and Korean traditional eat is the sweet Korean pancake, Hoddeok. You can find this sweet tooth satisfaction in the streets at an average price of $1, sometimes even less! Because there are so many different stands to purchase this from, everyone has their own take to it. The more recent stands are turning this flat, doughy pancake into a more fluffy, bread-like eat. This stand in Kongdae offers fluffy bread that is cut in half and filling is added before handed off to guests to enjoy. This breaks away from the traditional way of filling a dough with a pine nut based syrup and thrown in a flat pan of oil to cook. Nonetheless, it is still my favorite traditional Korean eat and I just can't get enough of it since coming to Korea to teach English!
One of the popular eats in Korea is the fish shaped cakes that can be found in many street vendors along the train stations. For just two dollars, three pieces of yum that is not as sweet as other pastries in America. I absolutely love the crunchy burnt part that opens to a soft bread layer stuffed with red bean paste.
Children love eating these little goodies, but there's no harm in having big kids consume as well. On a personal note, I just wish these goodies were a little sweeter because I have such a sweet tooth.
Red bean buns (진빵) are a popular eat in the Asian culture, mostly in the Chinese culture, but this popular eat has adapted to other cultures which includes the Korean culture. A red bean paste is stuffed inside a flour bun that is steamed to perfection. The main difference between the Chinese and Korean red bean bun is that the Chinese one is a lot sweeter. The red bean is turned into a paste whereas Korea's buns are filled with whole or chopped up red beans. Nonetheless, this is an extremely cheap street food yum, two buns for a dollar is the cheapest I have seen it!
Squid is a popular street food yum in Korea that comes in all different styles; some are soft, some fried, some grilled. Depending on what you are craving, you will find a kind to satisfy your taste buds. I randomly chose what I thought to be a grilled squid but instead it was a flat slice of squid that was slapped on a press pan. After lathering on some peanut butter, cinnamon and a bit of sugar, this squid is then placed though a machine that slides it through while simultaneously cooking.
I thought it was a weird combination at first to have peanut butter, cinnamon and sugar on something that is supposed to be a salty snack but this baby was delicious! It is the right combo for someone with a sweet tooth like myself who is in love with peanut butter also. For just five dollars, it was not enough to keep me going because it was just that addicting. If you are not so big on the sweet salty combo, be sure to try out the other squid snacks while teaching English in Korea!
Graduating with a double major in Communications and Chinese from Rutgers University, it wasn’t long after working in the Big Apple that Cindy Ung decided to take a break from the cliché 9-5 lifestyle and move to Korea to teach English for CDI. Making the bold step to leave her comfortable, mapped out life in the States, she has fallen more in love with the Korean culture as each day passes. With weekly mountain hikes, weekend road trips, discovering great foods and beauty products, constantly meeting new people, her life in Korea has been everything but mapped out.
Check out Cindy’s blog to get a glimpse of what Korea has to offer!