Seoul 2014 – Foodporn: Streetfood part 2

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In the previous streetfood-post, I shared some of the most delicious meat skewers with you guys. Today, I’m back with another foodporn-loaded post and it’s going to be drool-a-licious again! In this post, I’ll be sharing another batch of my favorite snacks with you guys (hint: there’s one with cheese and frying!). Additionally, there’s another barbecue snack (can’t get enough of those) and, ofcourse, we munched on some fried stuff too (d’0h) 😉 So without further ado, I present to you: Seoul Streetfood Part 2.

So let’s start with skewers again. (Don’t worry, it’s my last one, promise) No meat skewers though, but squid skewers. Yes, that’s right: Squid on a stick. These squid skewers tasted just as great as they look: they’re slightly chewy and have that distinct smoky barbecue flavor. You get one straight off the grill. As fresh as it gets 😀 The flavor of these skewers reminded me of the asian dried squid-snacks that are usually served with alcoholic beverages in asia. All asians will know what flavor I’m talking about! 😉 This is a great snack for those who love squid. We found our stall in Myeong-Dong.

Now, I will show you guys my Seoul addiction: The Tornado potato. This super cool snack is a potato cut into one long swirl, fastened on a stick, dipped in batter and finished with cheese powder. You can even get one with a sausage in the middle. So awesome. This snack is better than chips and can be found almost anywhere in Seoul. Yes, Myeong-Dong too. Additionally, eating this snack made me feel like a kid: trying to eat around the stick and ending up with cheese powder all over my face hehe… So much fun ^____^

In Seoul, we tried some 빈대떡 bindaetteok (mung bean pancake/korean pancake) and 오뎅 odeng (fish cake) too. These are two of the most popular and cheapest street food you’ll find in Seoul. Especially the fish cakes, which cost about ₩ 1,000 (~ €0,75) per bowl or ₩ 500 (~ €0,40) per stick (which also comes with soup). As for the pancake, I can’t remember the price but it wasn’t a whole lot. The pancake we had was very crisp on the outside and packed with bean sprouts, which is love. It was served with some pickled onions, which was a great addition to the pancake flavor and texture. Additionally, these pancakes really fill you up: We shared one pancake together and were both stuffed. However, we did go for a bowl of odeng too, which was due to a special event; a story I’d like to share:

So we had decided to go for the pancake, but the stall had no more space for us to sit. However, the woman from the stall next to the bindaetteok stall gestured we could take a seat at her stall (which was deserted) to eat her neighbour’s pancake. At this point, we already thought this was so kind of her! Then, she even helped the bindaetteok vendor to serve us too ánd she gave us some of her tea (free of charge!). And in addition, she tried to make talk with us too despite the language barrier. We were very moved by her kindness towards the stall next to her ánd towards us. So although we were stuffed with the pancake (it really fills you up), we decided to buy some of her food too. Which is how we ended up with a big bowl of odeng while we were actually very full. However, we enjoyed the bowl to the fullest and I hope this woman will be blessed.♥

Find this kind of food at Gwangjang Market. We had enjoyed our food at the major intersection of the market.

Finally, I must share our 호떡 heotteok experience with you guys. It’s also one of my favorite snacks! I think I might even like it more than the skewers and the tornado potato (I know, OMG!). Heotteok is a Korean style filled pancake. You can find sweet and savoury versions of this delicious pancake. We happened to bump into a stall that sold both. The method for making the heotteok is very interesting: The filling is put onto a piece of dough, which is then rolled into a ball. Then, the ball is dunked into hot oil and pressed with a heotteok press during the frying process. The pancake is fried until crispy and golden brown. The result? A crispy pancake with either a cinnamon-ish caramel filling or heaps of delicious vegetables. We all know I love sweetness. Whichever you choose, they’re both yum, yum, yum! I would kill to have one right now ♥_♥ I loved it so much, I bought a heotteok press to try it out at home (soon) 😉

Which snack of my streetfood series would you love to try?

8 thoughts on “Seoul 2014 – Foodporn: Streetfood part 2

    1. They taste as delicious as they look 😀 and oh my, tornado potatoes in the Netherlands too?! With cheese??? If you find these, please do tell me 😉

  1. What’s up with all the tall food in Seoul 😀 Extremely nice vendor, helping clients of the ‘competiton’ out is rarely seen ever! Heotteok sounds really nice, dumpling-ish but fried?

    1. Exactly my thoughts! That vendor was really too sweet. I hope she will be very very blessed ^^ And the hotteok is less chewy than dumplings. It’s more pancake-like a bit donut-like.. It’s so different from things we know here.. You just have to try this one to understand it’s texture and flavor (another reason for you to visit Seoul ^_~)

  2. I’m a sucker for friend street food too. The tornado potatoes are my favourite! They’re also very popular over here in Melbourne. People line up for them at Lunar New Year festivals 🙂

    1. Ohh you’re so lucky to have tornado potatoes 😉 I would love to have them in The Netherlands yum, yum *drool* Missing Seoul so much.. Would love to see Melbourne one day too :3

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