Tteokbokki is the most popular street snack in Korea.Eating spicy tteokbokki (cylinder-shaped rice cake combined with various vegetables and beef, seasoned with spicy sauce, and stir-fried) and gunmandu (fried dumpling) along with fish cake soup is very popular among Korean teenagers. Spicy tteokbokki (rice cake called garaetteok broiled with various vegetables and a hot pepper paste called red pepper paste, and gunmandu (fried dumplings) along with a bowl of warm eomuk (fish cake) soup are the snack foods that are favored by school kids.
Sundae is one of Korea’s representative street foods, and it is compatible with tteokbokki. It is made by steaming pig’s intestines that are stuffed with various ingredients such as glass noodles and pork blood to bring out the color and rich taste of this food.
Eomuk is a processed seafood made of ground fish fillet and other ingredients such as salt, sugar, potato starch, and cooking wine, and it is made into various shapes.
To make an eomuk skewer, boil radish and dried anchovy in water to make the broth. Immerse the eomuk skewer in the broth, and bring to a boil. Eat the eomuk with soy sauce.
Nurungji used to be the most common snack in olden times when a wide variety of snacks such as cookies or bread were not readily available. It is also called gamachi or nureunbap. When cooking rice with a traditional Korean pot, as rice absorbs water, little water is left, and nurungji forms at the bottom of the pot.
Ppeongtwigi is an umbrella term for any popped grain, similar to Western popcorn. It is popular especially among women as a low-calorie snack. The kinds of ppeongtwigi found on the street include popped rice, which is called tuibap; popped corn, which is called gangnaengi; and a popped rice cake that is called tteok ppeongtwigi.
Kkultaraeyeot is a kind of sweet snack made by stretching malt out into super thin strands. As a major street snack in Insa-dong, kkultaraeyeot is mixed with almond, cocoa, peanuts, and walnuts.
Hotteok is a unique Korean snack that is made with a wheat dough filled with dark brown sugar, cinnamon, sesame, and chopped peanuts.
Dalgona is one of the most popular street snacks. It was favored mostly by children in the 1970s and 1980s. Made with melted sugar and baking soda, dalgona is still found in Insa-dong or the Hyundai Department Store area in Sinchon.
Makgeolli is listed as intangible cultural heritage and has been handed down from generation to generation. For many, the first traditional Korean liquor that comes to mind is Makgeolli.
Sikyhe is a traditional Korean beverage made with steamed sweet rice or rice and fermented in malt water.
Sujeonggwa is also called sujeongwa. It is a traditional Korean fruit punch with a unique scent created by the sweet flavor of persimmon and the spicy flavor of cinnamon and ginger. To make Sujeonggwa, boil ginger and add sugar. Cool off the ginger tea, and add persimmon and pine nuts to improve the flavor.