Street Vendors, Seoul

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    Street Food: Certainly try the local food

    by shavy Updated Mar 7, 2015

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    Seoul is no exception than any other Asian country, street food in Seoul is remarkable. I was so curious about their local specialty. At first I'm doubting, this is a first time in my life see this kind of food. I have to stare at it for long time before I able to try it

    Now I'm on the food, which is one of the better aspects in Seoul. Tasty, mostly healthy, not expensive and literally everywhere in the street have small stalls with steaming Griddle and cooking conditions. It smells great when you walk by. It also gives a cozy atmosphere that I had not expected here. Everywhere I look, I see street vendors selling delicious food items.

    As a traveler I always trying to learn local specialty about the country. A language barrier can sometimes make it difficult if you ask something. Many street hawkers have don't speak English. Sometimes there are pictures hanging of what's the name of the food, so you still have an idea what you ordered. But I haven't any complain of what I bought they are all very teasty

    Address: Seoul city

    Sort of hotdog Squid Seafood Sausage
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    Street food: Taste the culture and meet the locals

    by shavy Written Mar 7, 2015

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    Food is culture and every dish often has its own story and history. Many dishes are prepared in a certain way with recipes for generations exist. Seoul might not be the best place to go if you don’t eat meat, a majority of Korean foods and dishes are meat-based, but if you’re totally cool with eating sides then there’s plenty of veggie options to choose from

    There is no shortage of quick and tasty food in Seoul. Most street food in Seoul is clean and safe, so if you have no fear, stop by any one of the food carts that line the streets at all hours of the day. Passing through the food vendors is tempting, the smell is so inevitable, It makes me return back. My favourite of sweet is the egg bread which is freshly baked and spongy. The hotdog was another one of my fave, I have tried the others and I'm glad I've tasted it

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    Icheonnyang Kimbap: Icheonnyang Kimbap

    by Ewingjr98 Written Aug 31, 2014

    Icheonnyang (이천냥, translated to "Thousand pieces of silver") is the name of a tiny take-out kimbap stand in Jongno between Gwangwhamun and Seodaemun stations. While most kimpab restaurants serve the same basic ingredients, since about the year 2000, this lady has been hand-crafting unique kimpab filled with a massive hunk of beef.

    The kimbap is some of the largest and heaviest I've ever had, and it sure is filling. Her prices are about 3,000, a little more expensive than most places, but worth the extra 500 to 1,000 won. You certainly get what you pay for.

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    Spicy Hot Chicken on a Stick on Hongdae

    by Ewingjr98 Written Aug 30, 2014

    Hongdae has a number of vendors selling a Koreanized version of Japan's yakitori chicken on a stick. The Korean version is grilled the same, then submerged in a very, very hot sauce. The messy end product is called dakkochi (닭꼬치).

    There is a particular dakkochi stand, at one of the busiest intersections in Hongdae, that sells flavorful, but burning hot dakkochi. The owner generously covers the chicken in a heavy red sauce, that drips all over the counter and the ground around the stand, so much that your feet stick to the ground as you walk by. The chicken is great, but my mouth continued to burn for nearly an hour after eating a single stick.

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    Hongdae's Chicken Man

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Aug 30, 2014

    Hongdae has a chicken on a stick shack that draws lines of customers for the one-man show's cheap and delicious recipe. The name of the restaurant is something like "dakkochi ne," with the first part ( (닭꼬치) meaning spicy chicken on a stick, and the second part (네) possibly meaning yes.

    The chicken, interspersed with leeks, is cooked on three different grills in preparation for your order. when you choose the style of chicken you want, it goes on the last grill to finish cooking and get seasoning. The standard seasoning is the spicy, covered in hot sauce, a garlic powder seasoning, and mayonnaise, but he also offers mild, teriyaki, or just plain seasoned. each big stick of chicken is just 2,000 Won.

    Address: 20 Hongik-ro 3-gil

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    Street Vendors

    by Ewingjr98 Updated May 4, 2013

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    Many westerners are leery of eating at the street vendors located throughout the city. I have had no problems, and the food is often quite enjoyable at a low price. One of my personal favorites is what the Korean woman calls "Toast." Yes, toast is one ingredient, but it also contains scrambled eggs, vegetables, and hot sauce inside two pieces of toast.

    Also try chicken on a stick, mandu, hot dogs, corn on the cob, sweet potato french fries, various candies, donut-type pastries with cinnamon (& without a hole), roasted chestnuts, dried squid, streamed crabs, and many others... don't try silk worm larvae unless you just want to tell people back home you ate them--they really aren't that good.

    These will always be the cheapest meals and often the most entertaining as not too many foreigners eat at these stands (except in Itaewon and other touristy areas). They often love to see foreigners and will treat you very well.

    Directions: Located throughout Korea. In Itaewon, look on the alley just downhill from the Itaewon Station for the best vendors.

    Pork Snouts Street Vendor in Myeongdong selling corn

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    Street vendors around the city: Street Vendors

    by fardarrig76 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    There are a many street vendors around the city selling many local foods. Many of them were very good. Definitely worth the try.

    Favorite Dish: The best thing that I had a was this little pancake type treat, with a sugar mixture in the middle that has melted. I had ones that were green tea or plain, they were unbelievable and really cheap to get.

    Other food that we have gotten on the streets are different versions of rice cakes

    Address: Throughout the city

    Directions: The green tea version are in Itaewon, on a side street about 30feet away from the main street. I have been there twice, about 5 months apart and the same vendor was there each time. So good luck, maybe it will be there.

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    various Chicken Trucks, all over the place: Amazing BBQ

    by schwein Written Jul 29, 2009

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    One of my favorite meals in Korea, courtesy of the venerable and elusive Chicken Truck.

    Sometimes difficult to find, as they are always on the move.
    It's somewhat illegal to sell food like this, so they are often chased around by the police. They move from one area to the next, but often keep the same weekly schedule.

    Favorite Dish: These nomadic mobile BBQs offer up a delicious meal of whole skewered chicken, usually stuffed with rice and ginseng.
    Usually one chicken for 6,000 won, or two for 10,000 won.

    A worthwhile meal to try, if you can find one.

    tip: get his business card, so you can call and find out his schedule.

    chickentruck OM NOM NOM
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    street vendor: FOOD ON THE STREET

    by ancient_traveler Written Mar 8, 2008

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    The pojangmacha (street vendor) is one of the best places to grab a quick snack or pass the night away drinking with friends. The types of food they serve can usually be eaten quickly while standing up (although someplaces have cheap chairs or benches) or take with you. They have many types of food on sticks or "finger foods." Other specialize in seafood and are geared more towards people who want to sit and have some drinks as well. Smaller stands can be easily carried or rolled from place. Larger, more elaborate ones have plastic tarps to protect patrons from the rain and cold.

    Favorite Dish: Gimbap (usually spelled Kimbap) is Korea's most popular and nutritious convenience meal. A layer of cooked rice is spread over a square piece of gim (dried laver). Various ingredients (including ham, sausage, spinach, cucumber, crab meat, carrots, and radishes) are thinly sliced and placed on top. The laver is rolled into a tube, sliced into sliced pieces, and seasoned with sesame seeds. The idea was borrowed from the Japanese during the colonial period, but Korean Gimbap is slightly different.

    Tteokbokki (Stir Fried Rice Cake)
    Long tteok (rice cakes) are stir-fried with carrots, bamboo shoots, mushrooms, and cucumbers and stewed in a gochujang-based sauce. Although it may sound unappetizing, the taste is very good. It is very popular at street vendors.

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    Roadside food stores (Part 2)

    by victorwkf Written Dec 19, 2007

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    More photos of the roadside food stores in Seoul. Essentially there are everywhere, especially in popular areas such as Myeongdong, Namdaemun, Dongdaemun etc. A visit to Seoul will not be complete without trying the food sold at the roadside stores.

    Roadside food store at Myeongdong, Seoul
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    Roadside food stalls (Part 1)

    by victorwkf Updated Dec 19, 2007

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    You will see many roadside food stores selling various kinds of food including sweet potato sticks, squid sticks, fish, korean deserts etc. Do try some of these interesting local food which are safe to eat because Korea is a clean and hygienic country. However, you must bring along some water because the food is usually dry or fried so you will get thirsty after eating. More photos are at part 2 of this tip :)

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    Street Stalls: Delicious Street Food in Insadong

    by bpacker Updated Sep 15, 2005

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    Now other than the antique shops in Insadong, try not to miss the street food found there, almost everything is delicious, including the handmade candy made by this smiley chap over here. Now for the life of me, I can't remember the name of the candy. Would a kind reader let me know what is the name and what is it made of? This was how it was made...

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    Food at the hawker stalls: Small, delicious snacks

    by Ines28 Written Aug 7, 2005

    You can find these small hawker stalls everywhere in Seoul. They sell small snacks at very low prices. As they are frequented all day, there's no worry about freshness.

    Favorite Dish: We tried chicken skewers (you can choose if you want them spicy or not), they are delicious, then some kind of sausage in dough (see picture) and a very hot fish skewer.
    For dessert, try some kind of thick pancake, it is filled with plum mash and cinnamon. I didn't like the fish, but the chicken and the pancake were great.

    Address: All over Seoul

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  • Street vendor: Street vendor

    by JDwernychuk Updated Apr 28, 2004

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    It's a food they sell on the street. It called boun-daggy ( i think thats how you spell it). Anyway it's caterpillers caccon. It taste just like it smells. i had to spit it out right away when i tryed it. See if you can take it down. You must be strong!!!

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    Various: Street food in Seoul

    by bellatrix Updated Apr 5, 2003

    Food is the one of the biggest delights in Korea. There are not only many restaurants but also many street stands for a quick fix. But these aren't fast foods at all. It's all made in front of you with home-made specialties.

    Street food in Seoul

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