While walking around the bustling streets on a Friday or Saturday night it is impossible not to walk past one of the street food vendors. They setup shop on nearly every intersection and litter the sidewalks of busy drinking areas within the city. The food from these venders are so good and cheap, that I had decided it is worthy for its own blog post.
I took this photo showing a massive street food vendor in the shopping area of Seoul called Myeongdong (명동). Here they are serving an overwhelming amount of different foods. Don’t ask me what is it, because I am also clueless. I just normally pick one and hope for the best.
Another picture of the same food vendor just from a different angle. I had cropped out the huge mass of people standing and eating their freshly cooked street food.
A different street food vendor selling fish cake on a stick, or how the Koreans know it: Odeng (오뎅). The small snack that I started off hating, is slowly becoming tolerable. Due to daily consumption of it and forcing myself to like it!
Another street vendor in Myeongdong selling some sort of snack. I haven’t been brave enough to try it yet! (Notice the never ending line of other street vendors eager to sell you a delicious snack to try.)
After work this Friday, I had traveled to the area where I normally cut loose and blow off some steam after a long week of work. Konkuk University (건대) a place filled with twenty-something’s and matched with an uncountable number of restaurants, bars and arcades. It kinda feels like a big playground for twenty year olds. It’s a great hidden gem that that very few foreigners know about or visit. It can feel strange to be the only westerner sometimes, but typically that’s how I prefer to travel; immersed in the local culture.
Right off the subway I had stopped to get a small treat. Friend chicken mixed with tater tots and rice cake (떡)! For three dollars a cup its not so bad.
He fries it all up for me then mixes it into a spicy and sweet red sauce.
Then finally throws it into a cup with a long tooth pick to eat! Its a delicious treat!
On the same road, only a few feet away I ran into this guy. He is another street vendor, but he’s selling a different food called ‘Hotteok’ (호떡). These are one of my favorites. They are pretty much small fried pancakes with a sweet cinnamon sugar filling. For a dollar each you cant pass these guys up!
The next street food vendor was selling skewers, with fried chicken in one hand and a Hotteok in the other I couldn’t stop to get more food! (I was eating all of this before dinner too hahahaha)
And I passed by yet another stand, luring me in with a delicious barbecue smell.
These street vendors don’t just stop at food! Here in Korea they will sell you anything! Everything from underwear to knockoff brand name clothes.
So when you eventually make a visit to Korea be sure not to pass up on the treats that the street food vendors are selling! Food doesn’t get more local that this!