12 Must-Try Korean Street Foods in Myeongdong

12 Must-Try Korean Street Foods in Myeongdong

Don't go home from your Seoul trip if you haven't tried all these Korean street foods in Myeongdong.

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Among all countries I have been to, South Korea (so far) has the most variety of street foods available for everyone to munch on. But not just that, the unique presentation of Korean street food can be seen in different ways – on skewers, on a shell, on a foil, and in a dumpling wrapper. Here’s a list of the street foods I have snacked on in the busy district of South Korea’s number one tourist destination, Myeongdong.

Also read: 15 Must-Try Korean Dishes for Non-Spicy Food Lovers

Let’s begin with the sweetest ones down to the tangy, appetising and spicy ones.

1. Ice cream waffles

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We usually see these delicious treats in a restaurant, served on classy ceramic plates. In Korea, ice cream waffles are considered as street food. Although not an authentic Korean food, one must give this a try!

Price: ₩3,000 – ₩4,000

2. Foot-long ice cream cones

Twirling an ice cream is a skill that entails a lot of time to practice. But it’s an easy thing to do for those street vendors selling these foot-long ice cream cones. You can choose from a variety of flavours – mango, strawberry, banana, chocolate, blueberry, etc. You can make it a combo of two flavours too! I would highly suggest you head over to 32 Parfait that’s located in Myeongdong.

Price: ₩2,000

3. Jipangyi (Korean cane ice cream)

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If the usual ice cream cone doesn’t give you any unique experience, then you can buy this ice cream served in a cane-shaped cone. It’s worth the try for its cone is made out of corn. It has already been internationalised and franchised in different countries across the globe such as Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Macau, China, United Arab Emirates, Mexico, and New York, USA.

Price: ₩1,000

4. Bungeoppang (Fish bread)

Basically, this one is made from ingredients of waffle batter. And yes you’re right, it is not a fish-filled bread. It is just a fish-shaped waffle. The stuffing that makes this street food special is the red bean paste, a Korean-favourite dessert filling. Perhaps the best Koreanised sweet street food! Definitely a cheap steal!

Price: ₩2,000

5. Gyerranppang

Another worth-a-try Korean street food, this oval-shaped waffle topped with whole egg can be found in hawker stalls in every corner of Myeongdong district (and most Seoul City areas). It’s best when the yolk is uncooked!

Price: ₩2,000

6. Dalgona or Bbopgi

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It’s a light cookie snack which is surprisingly made up of only two ingredients: baking soda and white granulated sugar. A piece can be shared by two persons since it’s too sweet (although that’s optional). It’s definitely one of the cheapest sweet Korean street foods!

Price: ₩1,000

7. Eomuk kkochi (fish cakes)

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Eomuk kkochi is probably the most affordable yet delicious Korean street food you can find that comes with a complimentary fish broth soup. It is absolutely worth a try! It is seen in most hawker stalls and subway stations. It has its Japanese street food counterpart oden.

Price: ₩500 – ₩1,000

8. Gimbap

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Who doesn’t know this Korean version of Japanese sushi/maki? It comes in different flavours – tuna, chicken, cheese, beef, kimchi, etc. These rolls are the best on-the-go snack to try when you’re in Seoul.

Price: ₩1,000 – ₩3,000

Also read: What To Eat in Seoul: Your Guide To Non-Kimchi Korean Food

9. Soondae or sundae

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No, we’re done talking about ice cream, this isn’t about it anymore. This Korean street food is actually common worldwide, which every country has its own variation. Koreans made a twist in which other than the thickened pig blood, it also contains japchae (glass noodles), glutinous rice and barley. Give it a shot and compare it to your hometown’s version!

Price: ₩3,000

10. Dak kkochi

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It’s basically grilled chicken on a skewer dipped into different kinds of sauce, but usually sweet and spicy. It can be seen displayed next to eomuk kkochi in most hawker stalls.

Price: ₩2,000 – ₩3,000

11. Jjinmandu

Mandu is similar to Chinese jiaozi and Japanese gyoza. South Korea has a lot of variations of it. The one pictured above is a kimchi mandu that contains kimchi, japchae, and vegetables, topped with generous servings of blow-torched melted cheese. You have an option if you like it with spicy or original sauce.

Price: ₩3,000

12. Tteokbokki

The one in the middle is Tteokbokki

This cylinder-shaped sticky glutinous rice drench in spicy Korean sauce must be on your list of must-try Korean street foods. Although it is also served in most Korean restaurants, some hawker stalls serve better versions of it.

Price: ₩2,500 – ₩3,000

Also read: Korean-Food Lovers Guide To Where To Eat In Seoul

Are you satisfied yet? Now, which one would you pick?

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Chedric Angeles
Chedric Angeles

Chedric has a strong desire for food, photography, baking, travel, theater, and classical music - as strong as his favourite coffee mix. When got nothing to do, he stares at a wall brainstorming his next exploit. He also likes to view different travel blog posts and ends up extremely jealous.