(SPOT.ph) You don’t need to spend a lot to taste the best of South Korea. Just visit popular shopping spots (Myeongdong, Namdaemun, and Dongdaemun Market to name a few) or school districts (Hongik University and Ewha
Rose ice cream
A frozen concoction that’s just so extra, this flower-shaped gelato by Gela Rosa deserves to be photographed and posted on social media before you devour its fleeting beauty. Choose from two to three indulgent flavors—strawberry, chocolate, green tea, and yogurt—to come up with your own creamy treat. Watch as their artisans carefully mold the flavors you pick and transform it into an edible work of art.
Grilled cheese seafood
Lobster or scallop? Whichever you prefer, you’ll find both being offered along Myeongdong’s packed streets. Watch as the fresh catch of the day is chopped into smaller pieces for easy snacking, cooked in butter, and then torched with cheese right before your very eyes. The end result is a simple yet lip-smacking dish! You’ll need to shell out more for these grilled samplings (10,000 Won or P460 for the scallop, and 15,000 Won or P695 for the lobster), but each serving is large enough for sharing.
Alternating tasty morsels of chicken and scallion on a wooden stick, dak-
Gimbap (seaweed rice roll)
Go for this rolled concoction if you’re craving rice. “Gim” stands for seaweed, while “bap” means cooked rice—the two main ingredients of this popular light meal and picnic fare. Flavored in sesame oil and salt, the short-grain rice is layered with vegetables (such as yellow pickled radish, carrot, and cucumber) and more substantial toppings (ranging from ham, crabmeat, fishcake, to bulgogi) before being rolled in dried laver and served in bite sizes. Think Japanese sushi but bigger.
Hotteok (Korean pancake)
Don’t be deceived by the simplicity of this fried Korean hotcake. Sink your teeth into the crispy griddle cake and you’ll be rewarded with a surprise center—a warm gooey syrup consisting of brown sugar, honey, chopped nuts, and cinnamon. Another popular winter snack, this sweet dessert should be eaten with caution as its sweet filling might burn your lips or tongue at first bite.
Many people flock to stalls that sell this popular Korean
Eat your way through a whole potato presented in a unique way! This culinary treat was said to have been invented by a Korean named Jeong Eun Suk and gained popularity worldwide due to its eye-catching appearance. The spiral-cut, starchy snack is skewered, deep fried in oil, and coated with flavored powder. Having it on a stick makes it easy to munch on the crispy treat while walking around and doing some window shopping. Level up your tornado potato order by opting for one with a hotdog twirled in between!
Usually sold at 2,000 Won (P92) for five pieces, these palm-sized pastries are quite addicting! The batter is molded into an elaborate fish shape by specially made waffle irons and packed with sweet red bean paste. Cooked right, the crunchy exterior complements the soft and gooey center.
Tteokbokki (stir-fried rice cakes)
South Koreans love their spices. They’re known for producing endless supplies of kimchi and instant spicy noodles (raise your hand if you’ve tried and failed the challenge!), so it makes sense that they’ve got an extremely hot street-food staple—
Photos by Mimi Tiu