Street food is my absolute favorite kind of food, whether its an empanada in Argentina, a green onion pancake in Taiwan, or what is quickly becoming a new favorite, cinnamon and brown sugar filled pastry in South Korea.
Other than hot dogs and halal food in New York City, the US lacks a big street food culture. But in Asia, especially in cities, it thrives. People are busy here. And there are a lot of those busy people. So grabbing dinner or a snack on the street makes sense.
So, there is a lot to choose from. I plan on writing more street food entries. But today we start with what’s important.
There are a lot of dessert options: waffles and ice cream and chocolate filled cakes shaped like fish are all common. But my favorite is Hodduk. (Pronounced Ho-dok.) Its a small, doughy cake filled with melted cinnamon and sugar. Its served very hot and sometimes the vendor adds some nuts and seeds on top.
It is honestly the perfect way to warm your belly on a cold, snowy day.
Its made in these stalls, and its just honestly dough fried in oil. (The cleanliness of these stalls is debatable. But I’m always happy to risk a few days worth of diarrhea for a few minutes of heavenly, mouth bliss. As I proved with my emergency room IV a few months ago.)
They are served in cups and folded in half to make it easier to eat it fast. Which is the Korean way.
I prefer to savor mine though. If you visit me, I will buy you one.
(Also, all these photos were edited on Line Camera, a ridiculous Korean photo editing app, which I highly recommend you check out. Its too cute for this world.)