Those rectangular rice cakes are made on the spot from glutinous rice and then coated with bean powder. If you see the rice cake makers, you can ask them whether you can try pounding the rice cakes. This fun activity will give you great memories.
These are traditional cookies with its sweet flavor, and they are made from honey, sesame seeds, peanuts, black beans, walnuts and assorted nuts.
Ggultarae is traditional string candy and is made from honey malt that has been matured for eight days. A ball of honey malt is stretched again and again by hand until it produces 16,000 strands of honey thread. This candy is as sweet and delicious as it is fun to watch them make it. They are filled with pine nuts, peanuts and other nuts.
Gimbap (김밥), Tteokbokki (떡볶이), Sundae (순대)
Gimbap, tteokbokki and sundae are Korea’s most famous snacks. Gimbap is the rice rolled in laver, tteokbokki is a spicy rice cake, and sundae is a Korean sausage. If you go to the markets by Jongno 5-ga, you can easily find food vendors who are serving those snacks. Those are popular street foods in Korea.
It is a round, flat, sugar-filled pancake. A flour batter is rolled into a ball and filled with crushed peanuts and brown sugar. As it is pan-fried, the ball is gradually flattened by using a special metal utensil.
They are roasted chestnuts. You can find gunbam vendors on the street who ply their trade from wheelbarrows with the necessary roasting equipment. The sweet and savory chestnuts are a great treat on a cold winter day.
Tteok kkochi (떡꼬치)
Tteok kkochi is the skewered rick cake. Skewered foods are very popular in Myeong-dong area. Tteok kkochi is made by brushing a spicy Korean chili paste sauce on garaetteok (string rice cake).
Eomuk – fishcake (어묵)
Eomuk is skewered on a stick then boiled with radish, anchovies, seaweed and various other ingredients. This is a favorite snack especially during the cold winter days. This is one of most popular street foods in Korea during winter.
Twigim refers to the assortment of fritters available in food carts. Sweet potato, squid, shrimp, vegetable and many other ingredients are dipped in an egg batter then deep-fried.
Dak kkochi (닭꼬치)
Dak kkochi is the skewered chicken. The street in front of Ewha Women University is famous for skewered chicken and rice cakes smothered in a spicy gochujang (Korean chili paste) sauce.