In South Korea, winter is something that should not be taken lightly as temperatures tend to drop to -15 °C. Of course, this cold temperature causes intense cravings for a hot dish to help withstand the cold. However, the South Korean lifestyle is very hectic when it comes to food. Hot, quick, homemade food is almost always better. Here are my top four delicious Korean comfort foods you need to try this winter!
If you are a fan of spices this one is for you, Sundubu Jjigae is one of the spiciest combinations available on the streets of Seoul during the winter. It is a popular dish in cold seasons due to the spicy broth that will warm your body and make you feel super warm and cozy.
This Korean soup is made with soft tofu, various seafood (shrimp or clams), meat, and vegetables. However, it can also be done without seafood. As someone who is allergic to seafood, I am always sure to ask “해산물 없이 이것을 만들 수 있을까요?” It’s usually served in a stone bowl, which is why many places will give you a raw egg. But don’t worry, the soup is so hot that it will cook while you eat.
Roasted Sweet Potato
Here we have a delicious Korean food for you: gun goguma, better known as a roasted sweet potato. Although this winter food is consumed by all ages, it is preferred by older Koreans. Goguma is best eaten on the spot, right out of the oven. The smell of baked sweet potatoes drifting through the freezing weather is priceless.
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Gold Fish Bread
Another traditional Korean winter snack is goldfish bread, and there’s nothing like savoring a delicious baked snack on a frosty day. The reason this Korean winter snack is an all-time favorite for thawing students is because of its low price and steamy interior. The dough is made in the shape of a goldfish and filled with sweet red bean paste and is made on the spot. During the winter, you can easily find vendors offering a three-pack for 1,000 won.
If you love egg cupcakes then you must try this amazing Korean snack. This traditional snack is so good it will put you in a food coma, guaranteed! These Egg Muffins are a bit like French toast, but with more egg, which makes them extra delicious. In a nutshell, it’s just a whole egg inside a big, sweet bread; also very easy to prepare at home. Egg breads are served hot and are dirt cheap, making them a perfect gift for anyone on a budget.