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.