A Guide to Korean Street Food


South Korea has among some of the most interesting street food. However upon first look, its hard to tell exactly what you might be eating. Here is a guide to street food that can be found in South Korea!

고추튀김 – Fried Pepper

fried pepper

Fried pepper is a little spicy, but extremely delicious. Normally it costs around 500 won a piece (less than $0.50). It is not commonly found at all street vendors, but if you find it, make sure to try it!

김말이 – Fried Noodles

fried noodles

These noodles are wrapped in seaweed and then fried. It’s commonly eaten with Tteok-bokki because it’s not spicy and quite filling. It commonly costs around 500 won a piece (less than $0.50).

오징어튀김 – Fried Squid


This fried squid has an extreme fish taste and also only costs 500 won per a piece.

맛살튀김 – Fried Crab Meat


This crab meat is not usually found at most street vendors, but is quite an interesting snack. It’s texture is smooth, and only a little fishy in comparison to the fried squid.

계란튀김 – Fried Egg


Fried egg seems like a strange dish at first, but its eaten often by Koreans. Most of the time it is not fried, but it makes a great snack for when you’re on the go. As with most street foods it is the similar price of 500 won per a piece and most people order a portion (4-5 pieces).

닭강정 – Fried Chicken Nuggets


Fried chicken balls in South Korea usually come with the typical red sauce, that has a little spice to it, but not too much. Generally it costs around 2000-3000 won per a small cup.

핫바 – Fish Cake


Fish cakes cost 1,000 won and are quite thick. They come in different tastes such as pepper, crab, shrimp, noodle or even ham. The different varieties are sure to hit even the most difficult taste buds.

양념닭꼬치 – Fried Chicken on a Stick


Fried chicken on a stick is quite unhealthy, but extremely delicious. The red sauce is the same that is usually used on Korean street food. It costs around 2,000 won a piece.

치즈닭꼬치 – Fried Chicken on a Stick with Cheese


Chicken on a stick in Korea can be bought with different toppings, such as a cheese, teriyaki sauce, pepper, salt and even spicy sauce. The usual price varies between 2,000-3,000 won depending on the area.

양념닭꼬치 – Chicken on a stick with spicy sauce


Here is an example of spicy chicken sticks and while some will struggle, most will find the spiciness quite mild.

계란빵 – Egg Bread


Egg bread has a soft texture and contains one whole egg inside of course. It costs about 700 won and sometimes you can get a ham combination.

옥수수 – Corn


Korean ridiculously cheap only costing 2,000 won for one pack (2 or 3 corns).

붕어빵 – Red Bean Cake


Red bean cake seems strange at first, but red bean is often used in Korea for a lot of different dishes. It is mostly eaten during winter time and sometimes has cream inside, instead of red bean.

떡볶이 – Rice Cake in spicy sauce


Rice cake is the most famous street food in Korea and Korean girls love it! The taste varies depending on the vendor, sometimes it can be extremely spicy, but other times quite mild. Different types of rice can be used, as sometimes it is created use wheat, while most of the time its created just using normal rice. One portion costs 2,000-3,000 won.

오뎅 ( 어묵 ) – Fish Skin Sticks


Fish skin sticks aka Oden in Japanese can be found all around Korea, even in bars. Inside the soup is a bunch of vegetables or even crab meat to make the fish more delicious. People love it during the winter time, due to its hot nature. It costs around 500 won a stick.

떡꼬치 – Rice Cake on a stick


Rice cake on a stick is a different variation to the rice cake that is usually found in cups. This rice cake is usually gently fried and then covered with sauce. It costs around 700-1,000 won a stick.

Have you tried the street food in Korea? What is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below.

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Jamie has spent the last 3 years in and out of Asia, including living in South Korea for 2 years. He plans to turn his travel knowledge and entrepreneurial spirit into something that can benefit the community. He enjoys turning his wacky ideas into realistic concepts, improving his photography skills and looking at which rocks will fit his fish tank best. At the age of 24, he is the co founder of Teaching Travel.