So, what do you’ll eat? Regardless of whom I spoke to, this question found itself appearing by the third line — in every conversation. And I do find that very odd. To tell you the truth, no matter where you travel in the world today, unless you choose to stay away from civilization in a remote town, it will always be possible to eat a decent meal of your choice. If not — there are fruits. Besides, it’s my second trip to Seoul and I have lost count of the times Basil has visited before.
“Part of the secret of a success in life is to eat what you like
and let the food fight it out inside.”
Mark Twain

Street food can be alluring, especially on a cold wet day.  The whiff of what’s cooking — will definitely try to compete with — all the sights around. And it’s possible to forget the blooms above. Skewered meat was hard to resist with its smoky aroma. It did smell good, but I wasn’t sure of the type of meat/fish and gave it a miss. There will always be a second time.

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well,
if one has not dined well.”
Virginia Woolf
No matter how appetizing food might look, unlike Basil, I’m always a bit hesitant. What do I do when I try something new? I try not to expect much. And although, this sausage fried in a batter of breadcrumbs looked sumptuous — I wasn’t sure until I tried it. Thankfully, it was just what I thought it would be.
“Our lives are not in the lap of the gods,
but in the lap of our cooks.”
Lin Yutang

Tteokbokki (spicy rice cakes) is something that calls out to you. Bubbling hot with that red flare makes it hard to resist. Still pretty vegetarian, seemed like a safe bet, and Basil had eaten it before. Strangely, eating Tteokbokki can be a tricky affair. I didn’t know this until I nearly choked on one. The gravy is spicy hot and the if not chewed properly, the rice cake can be difficult to swallow. Or maybe it’s just me.

“Man seeks to change the foods available in nature to suit his tastes,
thereby putting an end to the very essence of life contained in them.”
Sai Baba
 I’d be lying if I said that we tried this. It sure makes a good snap, though. We had no idea what this was and thought it was wise to stay away. And I’m glad we did. While writing this post, I did a search and it seems, the best match would be Beongdegi or silk worm larvae. And I thought they were roasted coffee beans.
“So long as you have food in your mouth,
you have solved all questions for the time being.”
Franz Kafka
The variety of street food here is crazy. And it’s sheer indulgence for anyone with a sweet tooth. I didn’t know what these cute cartoon character sticks were. But, I had to try one. Now, from thereon, the plot thickens. For some reason my robo-man decided to stage a coup. By the time we reached home, there was no sign of him. So, I’d have to say that I missed trying this.
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Posted by:twobrownfeet

Writer-Photographer Duo. Now in Seoul.

47 replies on “Street Style Seoul Food

  1. Wow, such interesting street food. I must admit I’m pretty adventurous and open minded but I’m also a bit cautious depending on where I am.

  2. That is a very good advice not to expect much of new things. Cause I keep trying new things and then discover that there are certain foods I prefer I had chosen differently :).

    1. A friend of mine once told me that I expect too much from people. So, in a bid to change myself, I try expecting very little from everything or everyone around me. 🙂 And it really works! I’ve always been a picky eater. I want to try and change it. 🙂

    1. Haha! I want try something different. I’m trying to muster the courage. I think if it’s crunchy, the way they fry it in Thailand, it should be tasty. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Sue! There variety in street food is fantastic here. I should carry my phone more often. 🙂 We love steamed dumplings (Mandu) with Khimchi or shrimp stuffing. Yesterday, the weather was cold again and it was perfect to indulge in freshly steamed dumplings. Dumplings were our favourite snack in Shanghai as well as in the Northeastern Himalayan states of India.

  3. yep, the larva are very intriguing, I thought these were some gigantic dry fruit, like raisins lol 🙂 I’d definitely try all the food out there… omg, what an appetizing post… I even read “anyone with a street tooth”, instead of “sweet tooth”.. lol … I guess that would be someone craving street food 😀

    1. Yup! It does look like raisins. You would have tried everything? I wish I could’ve. 🙂 Street tooth sounds funny. And that would have been a good name for the title. I wish I had thought of it! Do they have street food stalls in Bulgaria? I don’t know if its a silly question for I’ve never been there. 🙂

      1. actually, when I was reading your post, I asked myself the same question, do we have street food here lol 🙂 not really, at least not like in Asia maybe… here the fast food options are always in small shops shops, not in the street… there was a food truck last year, the first one, even made it to the news here, this means – unprecedented lol 🙂 but I’ll keep my eyes open, it’s a good idea for a post 🙂

      2. No street food? Ooh! Food trucks are slowly making their presence felt in this part of the world too. Although, it is still quite rare to spot them. It’s a good idea for a post! 🙂 Can’t wait for it!

  4. Very interesting post. I makes me want to visit Seoul this weekend! ^^
    떡볶이 is my favorite. 🙂

      1. Thanks! 🙂 How long did you take to learn Korean? We’re seriously thinking of learning. Need to stop procrastinating. Any good places in Seoul that you know of?

      2. Im not way great at Korean haha. I’ve been studying two years this coming November. I love learning Korean. Its such a beautiful language. Seriously just try studying for 10 minutes a day thats how I started. Now I study for 2 hours. I really get into it. Haha.
        As for places in Seoul, I would suggest the palaces, quirky cafes and shopping districts. Haha. I really want to make time to go to Seoul Forest it looks very relaxing. 🙂

      3. I need to stop being lazy and start devoting time into it. 🙂 Seoul Forest is peaceful and beautiful. A breath of fresh air. Although, avoid weekends as it gets crowded. We visited Seoul Forest last Sunday and were able to see only a very small part of it. Will definitely have to visit again. 🙂

      4. Aw thats a shame. I can only visit Seoul on the weekends… I live 2 hours 30 away from Seoul… Oh well. Maybe just risk the crowds. Haha. 🙂

      5. Haha! Maybe you could try the parts of the Forest – away from the main entrance gate. 🙂 Autumn will be a good time to visit. I’ve been drooling over photographs of yellow leaves…

  5. I am celebrating my friend’s birthday who is from Seoul this weekend and want to surprise her with a fun Korean dish. I may just have to try to make the Tteokbokki! Let’s see if I can hunt down a recipe now… Thank you for sharing 🙂

  6. The food in south korea was so, so good. I loved everything I ate there, even when I didn’t know what it was called. I especially loved jap chae, a dish made with glass noodles.

    1. The food is pretty amazing here. I do like glass noodles. I haven’t eaten it too often, though. 🙂 There are so many different kinds of meals (acc to the season and festival), it’s hard to try all of them. 🙂

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