Street food in Korea (and China)

I love street food.  One of the reasons I was so excited to go back to Korea, besides visiting family and showing the kids their father’s homeland, was to eat lots and lots of street food… and we did!

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This is a typical food stand in Seoul.  You can enjoy kimbap, spicy rice cakes and all kinds of deep fried yumminess here.

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Glass noodles wrapped in seaweed, dipped in batter and deep fried… YUM!

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This is us enjoying our first ‘meal’ in Korea.

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The kids ate lots and lots of kimbap!

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I really like pancakes and I was obsessed with eating hoddeok, pancakes stuffed with sugar and nuts, everyday!

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We also discovered a savoury pancake sold on the streets that was stuffed with noodles and veggies.  We had to try those as well!

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Yummy! (We did need to take our street food indoors this day as it was cold and rainy.)

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We also had fabulous street food in Shanghai.  We enjoyed some yummy onion pancakes…

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and bbq’ed squid, of course!

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The kids got to try sugar cane for the first time.

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My brother ordered us Chinese-style shawarma that were delicious!

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Nothing beats eating on the street with cousins!

We also ate lots of different foods on a stick – bbq’ed chicken, deep fried chicken, and sausages to name a few. Unfortunately I forgot to take pictures 🙁 Now to try and make a few of these myself.


Sweet stuffed pancakes – Hoddeok

Hoddeok - stuffed pancakes

These are a pancake lovers dream come true – pancakes stuffed with brown sugar, cinnamon and nuts.  Hot, gooey and so so yummy!

I have been craving these for a while.  Ever since I had them in the summer time, I have been dreaming about making them.  I know, I know, some people dream of climbing Mt. Everest.  Not me, I dream of pancakes!   They are little more time consuming than normal pancakes, so once the fall-back-to-school-thanksgiving-christmas-new-years dust had settled,  I finally tackled them!

I must confess that I devoured more than my fair share of these.  And the next night, I made them again!  I think they would also be delicious for breakfast with a hot cup of coffee. But that would mean waking up early… mehh!

The time you need: 1.5 hours       Yield: 8 pancakes

The things you need:

  • 1 cup lukewarm water (I usually do it on the warmer side)
  • 2 tbsp white sugar
  • 2 tsp yeast
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 2 cups flour (I used whole wheat flour… I felt less guilty eating so many! :))
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp chopped nuts (I used almonds)

The how to:

  • In a bowl, put 1 cup of warm water, white sugar, yeast, salt and oil
  • Mix the ingredients well
  • Add the flour and mix it all together

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  • Cover with plastic wrap and let the dough rise (I heat my oven for a few minutes and then turn the light on… and turn the oven off, and let it rise in there)
  • While to dough is rising, make the filling: mix the brown sugar, cinnamon and nuts together in a small bowl
  • After about an hour it should have doubled in size.
  • Knead the dough a little to release the bubbles
  • Cover again and let it continue to rise 10-20 minutes
  • Flour a clean surface (important step!) and knead the dough.

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  • Divide into 8 balls

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  • Flatten the ball in your hand, fill the center as full as you can, and close it up.

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  • Lightly oil a pan on medium heat and place a ball on the pan
  • Let it fry for 30 seconds or so and flip it over and flatten it out… like a pancake

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  • Flip it over again and fry until golden brown
  • Eat hot and enjoy! 🙂

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“Oh so good!” – the troops approve!

Recipe from Maangchi.com