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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Seoul Street Food

Seoul Street Food

Making sesame bars
Thanks to obsessively researching what to do and, more importantly, what to eat in Seoul, I found some particularly salivating street food options. Before my trip to South Korea, I read up on spiral ‘tornado’ chips on a stick, hot dogs deep-fried in a french-fry-swarmed batter, waffle cones stuffed with spicy chicken spaghetti, etc. Seoul has a blossoming foodie scene. Returning home, I did more research to find out how I missed these magical treats. Apparently I skipped that particular street in the Myeongdong district. Sadly, my 36-hour trip to Seoul did not present those fabulous options to me, but  If I When I go back to Seoul, I will be sure to do a strict foodie tour to find these street snacks.... 
Found on Google
Found on Google
Found on Google
However, on my layover I managed to witness some traditional street food vendors cooking up tasty inexpensive fare. Dumplings, spicy rice cakes, kim bap, fish cakes on a stick, deep-fried vegetable dough with bacon, tempura, sesame candy bars, and beef patties studded with whole garlic cloves. 
Tempura station
Spicy rice cakes and kim bap
Garlic studded burgers
My first choice was the dumplings. They were already prepared, then steamed in front of me. One kind was fried and spicy. At another stand I watched as a man stirred sesame seeds into a giant wok of boiling caramelized sugar. The contents were rolled out onto a cooking sheet and cut into pieces. Once it cooled down it was a sweet, chewy snack. I bought a bag that was made with sesame, black sesame, and pumpkin seeds. Before dinner, I saw a vendor selling some kind of fried deliciousness on a stick. This was my calling. It was some kind of vegetable dough deep fried with a strip of bacon on it. It was so greasy I felt oil seeping from the sides when I bit it. It was a bit much for me, so I was content after about two bites. 
Steaming dumplings
Me and the people making the sesame bars

Fried vegetable dough
Overall, I am very happy with my street food options in Seoul. I am determined to go back for some spaghetti cones and fry-crusted corn dogs in the future. It's good to have foodie goals!

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