Coming Down Memory Lane with Winter Street Food

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Coming Down Memory Lane with Winter Street Food

When I go out to eat, I don’t normally go to Korean restaurant. Why would I? I eat everyday at work, and I can make everything at home. Due to globalization of Seoul I have plenty of other choices. Mexican, Greek, Thai, Indian, Italian, and can’t leave out fast food.

However I do crazy in love with street food. There’s so many options and every one of them is valuable. On some level of psychiatric note, I think it taste better because I wasn’t allow to when I grow up. You know, the usual mommy’s saying ‘don’t eat on the street.’ My mother was and is able to cook everything we wanted, so we didn’t really have to eat that on the street but you know kids. She made us delicious and healthy Ttok bok i as a treat but it wasn’t the same somehow. Maybe because of unhealthy environmental condiment. 🙂

When I’m traveling, eat street food is on my list always. That’s one of the easiest way of figuring the place out. After all, food is culture.

Yesterday, on #KoreanFoodWednesday, I ate two different street food. Bung u bbang and Ho dduck.


This is what happens when I'm cold and hungry..


I wrote about this a while ago on and it was a hit! 🙂

I off early yesterday, I was so hungry but didn’t feel like heavy meal. Small food stalls I like is not in this area and I found the little Bung u bbang stall. It is a fish shaped bun with red bean filling. I don’t really like red bean but it is such a cute idea for food. I remember my brother and I bought a huge bag of Bung u bbang and ate it different way. (For readers just read this part and skip right before part, we don’t really eat ‘fish’ it’s just fishy shaped food. ) For example, we ate with head first, or fin, or tale. Sometimes I asked the vendor to make one of two without filling. Because I like it that way better and to fool my family.  Amazing how this small things bring your memory back.

I bought a bag, which is four buns and it cost me just 1000 won (about 1USD)


Bbung u bbang

After that I went to hair salon (yes I am a girl 😉 ), and hungry after long procedure of transformation then I found a Ho dduck cart. Bingo!

It was a prime stop, so I paid 500 won, normally it cost 500 won per each. It is a fried wheat or sticky rice dough filled with brown sugar + nuts and some other sweet things. Mmm…

We used to buy this a whole bag (again!). The making process is so fun to watch. They make a ball of dough then make a little basket shape, put the filling inside and cover. Then put the dough on the fan , after some time push it with special spatula. How cleaver, make those kind of food and instruments. People are just so amazing.


mmm... Ho dduck

-17degC of cold, it’s natural to can’t resist myself whenever I saw the steam came out of little plastic vinyl covered stall. So it can be little unhealty, so what? It’s good for mental health so I’m good with that. 😉

This winter especially, it was abnormally cold. Minus 17 degC in the morning for days. People asked me is that normal and I said no, no it’s not. It’s so harsh but still I appreciate four weather changes in Korea. If I live in all summer country, I wouldn’t know the joy of winter street food.

The sweet plastic vinyl food stall

Juno Kim
Juno Kim
Juno Kim, a happiness-seeking storyteller. Photographer, writer, and trained mechanical engineer. Life-long nerd. I left the cubic farm to follow my true love: the world. A firm believer of serendipity, astronomy enthusiaster, and living by passion and love in life. Currently, on a quest to discover stories and find the place where I can call 'home'. Follow my journey through @RunawayJuno and Google+ .


  1. LeslieTravel says:

    Great post! I want to try the fish-shaped street food. It’s cheap and looks delicious 🙂

  2. Kyle says:

    I think another allure of street food is the risk. You could get sick at anytime or it could be the best meal of your life…you never know what you’re going to get. It’s like gambling!

  3. I will anything shaped like a fish, anything! I wish we had more street food in Seattle…we are pretty much limited to taco trucks and foot-long cream cheese hot dogs (great at 2am!)

  4. OMG, the fish thingy!! No, I’ve never had them before but all of the Japanese comic cooks I used to read when I was a kid would inevitably feature the characters eating them and ever since then I’ve always wanted to try one.

    I never knew they have them in Korea too 🙂

  5. Kevin says:

    I had that little fish with you! It’s not ONLY winter food, is it? What will food be like when I visit in April? 🙂

  6. Ashley says:

    Mmmm…tough post to read when I’m already hungry…haha.

  7. iamthewitch says:

    Oh i remember those fish-shaped cakes when I was in Seoul last year! And I saw the pan fried cakes pretty often too but didn’t try it. I was usually full with ttok bok, the spicier the better! 🙂

  8. Andrea says:

    Yum, yum, yum! I love street food…not sure about in the winter though =)

  9. Shamis says:

    Some street food are so tasty but I’ve had bad experiences with them too…So I’m sticking with fried snacks on streets now 🙂

  10. I love street food, it’s not something you see often out here. I couldn’t help laughing at 17C being cold for you! That’s quite a pleasant day up here in Lapland 😀

    • Juno says:

      haha No Heather, -17degC! Is this still pleasant? I have no idea how cold Lapland is.. 🙂 But I’ve heard summer in Finland is beautiful!!

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