Thursday, October 7, 2010

Korean street food I miss

Wednesday and Thursday are my "big days," so in lieu of a ground-breaking report on why Kim Jong-un will not eventually be crowned secretary-general and the Western media is just involved in a... hmm... what's a polite term for circle jerk? ... I'll just give a post on street foods I miss.


Way back when, when I told my s.o. that I missed Egg McMuffins, she told me to get a kyeranppang [계란빵] and wrap it with ham. She was right.


This in no way resembles what a North American would be thinking if he/she asked for "toast," but t'osŭt'ŭ [토스트] has served me well as a quick breakfast when I'm in a rush to get to some meeting downtown.

Dŏkpokki. Aka topoki

There was a time when I would eat dŏkpokki [떡볶기] only if forced (which was not that infrequently, as my former fiancée and her sister would make me drive out to Shindang-dong to get this at the famous Dŏkpokki Street). But now I crave it. I am now on a mission to find this in Honolulu. Any suggestions?


I have many fond memories of exiting Namyŏng Subway Station for the ten-minute trek to my house in the snow or icy cold, when this warm, greasy pancake filled with brown sugary goo was the perfect way to maintain body heat on the way home. Well, either that or the roasted koguma (sweet potatoes).

Ironically, although Honolulu doesn't really get below 60°F (16°C), hottŏk [호떡] is the one street food I am able to find on Oahu, in one of the restaurant stalls in front of Don Quijote, a Japanese grocery chain near Ala Moana Shopping Center. I think they're about 75¢ each, if I recall. But without Siberian winds whipping at your cheeks, it's just not the same.


  1. I'm constantly and pleasantly surprised that toast is sold the way it is here.

  2. I do like the taste of it, but wouldn't eat it regularly for a variety of reasons. Now if they made it with whole wheat bread and laid off the sugar a bit, maybe I would.

  3. Korean toast is meh. I've tried it once, but it looks like a caricature of bad Western food in Korea, not that all Western food is done poorly. It's oily and too sweet. Anyhow, I'm sure you could find the recipe online.


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