Winter is coming, but we are still enjoying the sweetness of the Fall season. Why don’t we add a little bit of flavor to this romantic season by trying all the famous seasonal Korean street food? As a food lover, I find it hard to resist the charm of vendor food with affordable prices and the uniqueness of each stall on the street.
But you have to note for yourself that some places do not take card payments. Some of them will allow you to transfer the payment, but most of them will only take cash. So, preparing a small amount of cash for the most convenient purchase is recommended.
This is one of my comfort snacks when it comes to Korean food. The price varies from 1,000 Won to 2,000 Won for one Hotteok. Either way, it is cheap and it will make your day! It’s a great way to warm your heart in cold weather. If you love cinnamon with a touch of sweetness, this food is for you. The combo of fried, sweet, crunchy goodness in a hotteok, along with the warmth it gives you as you gingerly hold it, really gives you a boost.
This is a classic, indispensable food during winter in Korea. The traditional flavor is red-bean, but you can find cream-filled (슈크림) fish bread as well. Again, the sweetness of this snack will be perfect for anyone who has sweet tooth. Personally, I prefer cream-filled fish-shaped bread more than the traditional red bean paste since the red bean paste tends to be a little bit too sweet for my tastes.The price also varies from 1,000 Won for 3 pieces, or 2,000 won for 3 pieces. It changes depending on the vendor shop.
This is a classic food, and it is everywhere in Korea. There is not much to say about this traditional food. After all, it is one of the most recognizable Korean foods. My advice for you is to try all the tteok-bokki from different vendor food to decide which one you like best since their taste will differ at each stand. The spiciness from the tteokbokki can really wake you from the cold in winter.
The price usually starts at 2,000 Won. However, it can go up quite a lot from there. Some have fillings and gourmet ingredients that can jack up the price.
Chestnuts are plentiful in South Korea and they’re added to many Korean dishes (even rice wine). One of the best ways to try them is to roast them over a fire or baked in a hot drum. The heat cracks their shells and cooks the nut inside, allowing you to easily open up the chestnut and get to the warm, nutty goodness inside.
Normally, the price will be in the range of 5,000 Won per serving.
This is amazing in winter! And funny enough, I love the sweet potatoes in the convenience store. It is so easy to get and it tastes amazing on the tip of my tongue. It is sweet, soft, and flavorful with a bit of roasted smell to add more charm to this mundane but extraordinary food. The price is cheap as well, normally it is 2,000 Won for one roasted potato in the convenience store.
This is the kind of food that you can find almost in every bus or train station. I don’t know why it is widely sold in bus terminals or train stations, but I am happy that it is. I think it is because it is small, each one is big enough for one or two bites. Plus, the filling is fat and rich thanks to the walnuts. There is a great variety of filling you can get: cheese, cream … walnut sugar.
The price is normally 3,500 won for 5 pieces. There will be a slight change in price depending on the store, but overall it’s definitely cheep for this sweet treat.
I believe you can’t complete your Korean experience without trying all of the classic vendor food in Korea. It is not only the food, it is the rich culture that you are observing and enjoying. I wish you a happy and fullest experience with vendor food this Winter!