Best Korean Snacks You Should Try 2021
We’re all familiar with the normal 3 meals a day, right? Well, there’s also snacking and Korean snacks are well-loved in and out of Korea. Now, everybody loves snacks, including those in Korea! There are many different kinds of snacks in Korea, fit for anyone and everyone!
Here are the best Korean snacks you should try!
For easier reading, this list will be divided into different types of snacks: chocolate snacks, potato chip snacks, sweet potato snacks, ramen, seaweed snacks, and others.
Orion’s Choco Pie (초코파이)
Ah, Choco Pie! The origin of Choco Pie goes back to the early 1900s in the southern US, but today it’s widespread all over the world, including Korea. In fact, when I first learned about them at a very young, I thought they were Korean. That’s how good Korean marketing was and still is!
Probably because of its connection to South Korea and the United States of America, Choco Pies were momentarily banned from North Korea. Nowadays, Choco Pies are still forbidden in the closed-off country.
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Another staple in Korean snacks, Pepero is long cookie sticks that are dipped in chocolate. You can see Pepero in every Korean home and every Korean convenience store, and the compact and thin sticks make it so easy to consume. While the original Pepero is covered in plain milk chocolate, the Lotte Company has created some innovative and new flavors.
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Ghana Milk Chocolate Bars (가나 밀크 초콜릿)
Another chocolate snack that Koreans love is Lotte’s Ghana Milk Chocolate bars. You can say they are the first chocolate bars made in Korea. The name of the bar “Ghana” gives tribute to Ghana the country where most cacao beans are from. Ghana chocolate bars are mostly in red and dark brown wrapping, as pictured above. The chocolate bar is thin, creamy, and sweet. The perfect way to add a kick to your mood!
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Lotte Kancho Chocolate Biscuits (칸쵸 초코 쿠키)
These fun little round biscuits are filled with chocolate, and they’re just small enough that you can pop into your mouth and eat it in one try.
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Sunflower Seeds Chocolate Ball (헤바라기 초코볼)
This is the first Korean snack that I was ever introduced to. As the name suggests, this snack consists of sunflower seeds coated in a layer of chocolate–usually milk chocolate. Although not as popular as the other snacks on this list, people who enjoy this snack cite it as fun and easy to eat. It’s also relatively healthy compared to the other snacks on this list.
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Market-O Real Brownies
My favorite chocolate snack on this list is Market-O’s Real Brownie snacks. The individual, colorfully-wrapped brownies are very chewy and chocolatey. The small size of the brownies makes it easy to eat multiple brownies in one sitting, and you won’t make a mess in your seat either!
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Onion Rings (양파링)
After eating all of those chocolate snack options, you might want to try something with a slightly sour cast. Look no further than Onion Rings. As the name states, this snack is made up of ring-shaped corn snack that has an onion flavor. It has a crispy texture and as soon as you bite into it, your mouth will be overwhelmed with the flavor.
It is comparable to Lay’s Funyuns or the tortilla snack Takis, so if you love either of those, you’re sure to love Korea’s Onion Rings.
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Honey Butter Chip (허니버터칩)
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There are several types of potato chips in every country, it seems. However, the best Korean snacks often come in the potato chip form. This snack is quite straight-forward. It’s potato in chip form! Korea has different brands and kinds of potato chips. For example, pictured below is a variant of the potato chip snack, Honey Butter Potato Chip.
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Purple Sweet Potato Chip (자색고구마칩)
Speaking of chips, another snack that is popular in Korea is Purple Sweet Potato Chip. The can in the picture above has no brand, but don’t be mistaken. In Korea, there are many snack companies who can flaunt their own version of sweet potato chips.
Similar to pringles, these purple chips are just some examples of the massive food trend in Korea right now. Sweet potatoes are being used to make not only chips but drinks, dessert, and ice cream, among many other things.
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Sweet potato chips don’t come in pringle form only, though. As pictured above, sweet potato chips can take on many shapes and sizes, but one thing is for sure, Koreans love the flavor of sweet potato.
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Another type of snack that is popular in Korea is corn snacks. Kkokkalcom is one such snack. Each piece of Kkokkalcorn invites a strong taste of corn, true to its name. A fun thing about Kkakkolcorn is that each piece is shaped like a cone, so children love to put one on each of their fingers as though their fingers need to be wearing hats. Or that their fingers are witches. Indeed, this is a fun and popular way to eat Kkokkalcorn, not only for children, but for teenagers, young adults, and adults.
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The best Korean snack, in my opinion, is Sun Chips. More precisely, the original flavor of Sun Chips. Made with corn, these chips are a healthier options to the potato chips. But it’s not just corn. Each of the chips is tastefully adorned with salty seasoning that makes your mouth water witch each bite you take.
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Crown Butter Waffle (버터와플)
For a crispy, sweet, and savory flavor, turn to Korea’s butter waffle snacks. As you can tell, these kinds of snacks are meant to resemble the much-loved European waffles, both in taste and in shape. But unlike the actual breakfast food, these waffle snacks are easy to eat and you don’t need to clean up any plates after! To retain the buttery taste, the expiration date for these cookies is limited to 6 months. The delicious taste beloved by all ages comes from the Netherland butter used. You will surely love the Crown Butter waffles with a cup of coffee.
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Crown Sando (크라운 산도)
Crown Sando is Korea’s first biscuit type cookie that comes in three different types of flavors: strawberry, milk mascarpone cheese, and chocolate. The crunchy cookie and sweet cream in the middle make it the perfect combination for all ages.
Lotte Margaret cookies are hard on the outside but soft and savory in the inside. The cookies resemble homemade soft peanut butter cookies. They come in three flavors: peanut, chocolate, and nuts. My favorite is the original peanut butter flavor. You just can’t stop with one!
Other Favorite Korean Snacks
Tom’s Farm Flavored Nuts
A recent discovery in Korea, these flavored almonds and different kinds of nuts are all the rage right now. These small bites are fun to eat and they come in many different flavors, including wasabi, basil and pesto, and Korea’s favorite honey butter, among others.
Of course, you can’t go to Korea and not encounter Korean ramen, which is a go-to snack for every occasion. Whether you are at home and want a small snack, or hiking or camping with your family and friends, a pack of ramen is your best friend! Very easy and fast to make, ramen come in different flavors and from different Korean companies. They also have differing levels of spiciness, so there definitely is something for you! In addition to all that, you are free to add anything you want to your ramen! Meat, vegetables, eggs, dumplings, and more! Check out this post on the Best Korean Ramen You Must Try.
Korean ramen is so famous that other countries even have them in stock in their convenience store. Here is a honey and cheese flavored ramen bowl I found while in Hong Kong.
Seaweed & Seaweed Snacks
The most basic of Korean meals can consist of rice and seaweed. In other words, seaweed is as a staple in most Korean homes as kimchi or other kinds of banchan (side dishes). With this in mind, it’s no wonder that Koreans have been coming up with various Korean snacks that include seaweed in one way or another.
Below are different forms of seaweed and seaweed snack. Note that many Koreans also eat seaweed on their own, without any rice or vegetables.
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Dried Squid (해오징어)
Something not many people think about when thinking about Korean snacks is dried squid, and it absolutely isn’t something a lot of people might choose as their favorite snack, but regardless, dried squid is a very delicious and popular Korean snack. Of course, there are many other dried meat and fruit that can be healthier replacements for chips.
Good news! You can get these many of these snacks in convenience stores all over Korea! If you want to read about convenience stores in Korea, you can read about them here.
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10 Korean Supermarket Snacks You Need to Try
Over the summer, I traveled to Seoul, the culinary and cultural hub of South Korea. In Seoul, I went to Lotte Mart, one of the largest chain supermarkets in Korea. This store is the motherlode of Korean supermarket snacks at affordable prices, selling everything from Korean cosmetics to jars and jars of every kind of kimchi you could imagine. On top of that, Lotte Mart offers a tax refund for foreigners who show their passports to the cashier, giving your budget more room for buying snacks.
It’s no doubt that South Korea has a ton of affordable snacks to offer, but there’s no need to get overwhelmed by the bounty of Korean goodies to choose from. I tried dozens of the many snacks that were available at this store, and here is the list of Korean supermarket snacks that I think were the most worth the visit to Seoul (or, if you’re not going to Korea anytime soon, a visit to Amazon.com).
1. Tteokbokki Crackers
Starting off with a snack that is based on one of Korea’s most well-known street foods, tteokbokki crackers are a crunchy treat that are tube-shaped and hollow inside, making them light and airy. This Korean supermarket snack holds a well-balanced sweet and spicy flavor that is similar to that of tteokbokki (tohk-bohk-key), or Korea spicy rice cakes. Tteokbokki crackers would be a good replacement for hot Cheetos since they are more mellow on the spicy scale, so you don’t have to worry about the roof of your mouth hurting after eating a whole bag (because you know you’re going to eat the whole bag).
2. White Cookie Pepero
Pepero is a Korean brand that is very similar to Pocky, and one of their most popular flavors is the White Cookie Pepero. The inside is a crisp and flaky biscuit stick, and the outside layer basically tastes like a coating of Oreo filling with chunks of the cookie on top. Do you ever get the feeling that Oreos never have enough filling? Well, this snack gives you the satisfying taste of your favorite part of an Oreo by making the addictingly sweet Oreo cream the most significant flavor.
3. Honey Butter Chips
Instead of picking up some Lay’s the next time you’re craving a crispy potato snack, consider a bag of honey butter chips. Although this flavor combination might sound strange at first, rest assured, it works surprisingly well together and isn’t overly sweet at all. The honey flavor is quite subtle, and the savoriness from the butter coupled with the honey produce a taste that resembles a slightly sweeter version of sour cream and onion chips. This is one of those snacks that gets better with each bite.
4. Crispy Seaweed Snack
These aren’t your ordinary dried seaweed snacks; sandwiched between each slice of dried seaweed are little bits of crispy brown rice. This combination gives off a savory taste from the seaweed and a sweetness from the brown rice, and the crunch makes it super enjoyable to eat while you’re watching a movie or scrolling through YouTube. This crispy seaweed snack also comes in anchovy or almond flavors, and each possesses a different taste that blends well with seaweed.
5. Yogurt Jelly
Getting tired of the same old gummy flavors? Then yogurt jellies just might be the snack for you. This unique type of gummy is based on a yogurt drink that is very popular in Korea, as well as Japan and China. Unlike western yogurts, this yogurt is very liquidy and has a sweet, tart taste that isn’t present in most dairy products. These jellies perfectly mimic this yogurty taste, and they’re finished with a chewy texture that makes them perfect for an on-the-go snack.
6. Honey Butter Almonds
You might be wondering why honey butter is appearing twice on this list, but honey butter is a very popular flavoring combination among snacks in Korea. Exhibit B: honey butter almonds. Unlike exhibit A (honey butter chips), this snack emphasizes the honey flavor, so it’s much sweeter than it is savory, which complements the nuttiness of almonds. Another plus of honey butter almonds is that the flavor comes from a powder that completely coats the almond, so you don’t have to worry about getting your hands sticky.
7. Sunflower Seed Chocolate Balls
Staying with the theme of sugar-coated nuts, these small packages of chocolate covered sunflower seeds are actually much tastier than you might think. This fusion of shelled sunflower seeds and a chocolate coating creates a taste that is pleasantly similar to that of Nutella, and what’s even better is that this Korean supermarket snack is way more convenient than a jar of the popular hazelnut spread. You can carry these sunflower seed chocolate balls in your bag and grab them by the handful any time of the day.
8. Sugar-Free Green Grape Candy
If you are a big fan of green grapes over red grapes and you like hard candy, this green grape candy is perfect for you. With zero added sugar, one piece of this candy has only 10 calories and tastes exactly like a green grape, rather than an artificial flavor. The next time you’re picking up hard candy, instead of going for the Jolly Ranchers, look for green grape candies at your nearest Asian market or buy in bulk if you visit South Korea.
9. Xylitol Gum
Xylitol gum is advertised to help prevent cavities and tooth decay. Xylitol itself is a natural sweetener, so this Korean gum is totally sugar-free. The original flavored gum has a fruity taste similar to that of Juicy Fruit and a subtle minty flavor that tastes sweet and refreshing. Other than the original Xylitol gum, you can choose between multiple flavors like strawberry, blueberry, lime, or apple and order these special bags of gum online in bulk for fresh breath and healthy teeth.
Obviously, I still have my fair share of Korean supermarket snacks to explore, but these are the several snacks that I definitely would buy again, whether online or the next time I visit South Korea. If you like Korean flavors and want to improve your international snack game, then these unique Korean supermarket snacks are worth a try.
10 Best Korean Snacks to Buy or Make at Home!
South Korea is a snack junkie’s heaven–they take their snacks very seriously. In South Korea, you can find snacks for every type of person. Do you like savory and fishy food? Korea has a snack for you. Do you like sweet flavored milk? Korea has that too. What about something mild to eat with a cup of tea? Yep, once again, you can find that in Korea. This week, we decided to jump into Korean snack culture. So, let’s start our list of our top 10 best Korean snacks you can easily buy or make at home.
10 Best Korean Snacks
Below, we listed some of our favorite Korean snacks you can commonly buy online or in many grocery store chains in America. Also, we listed recipes along with the recommended treats in case you want to try making your own version of these convenience store snacks at home!
The snacks we listed come from some of the most popular brands in Korea. You will note there are snacks from Orion, Lotte, Binggrae, Crown, Nongshim, and more!
So, let’s list our top 10 best Korean snacks that you can buy online AND make at home!
1. Orion Choco Pie
Choco Pies are probably one of the most famous South Korean snacks available on the market. Surprisingly, the Choco Pie is actually based on the Southern equivalent ‘Moon Pie.’ After trying a Moon Pie in a hotel in Georgia, USA, a team member of Tongyang Confectionery (now Orion) decided to make a similar product. They developed the recipe and started selling ‘Choco Pies’ in South Korea starting in 1974.
The Choco Pie consists of two round cakes with a marshmallow filling and a chocolate covering. Since its inception, many companies have developed their own versions of Choco Pies. But, if you ask Koreans, the original is still the go-to and most popular option!
Fun Fact: Choco Pies are a sign of status, wealth, and success in North Korea. People often sell this snack on the North Korean black market at a high price because of its popularity.
You can easily find boxes of Choco Pies in grocery stores and online. But, if you want to make your own specialty version, we recommend checking out Michelle’s recipe on her blog Sift & Simmer. She developed a delicious matcha green tea version of this Korean treat.
If you want to buy it online, here is a link to the Amazon listing!
2. Samlip Yakgwa (Korean Sweet Cakes)
Previously, I mentioned these cakes in my article listing Korean traditional and modern desserts. Koreans make these traditional sweet cakes by deep-frying dough made of wheat, honey, ginger juice, rice wine, and sesame oil.
These cookies have a long history dating back to the Silla Dynasty when people made them for Buddhist burial rites. Now, people make these cookies during holidays and eat pre-made versions as a snack throughout the year.
You can easily order these cookies online. But, if you would like to make your own, I recommend checking out Jinjoo’s recipe available on her blog Kimchimari.
Note that Jinjoo chooses not use a classic yakgwa mold to make her treats. If you want to use a mold, you can buy one here. You can also use these molds to make Chinese Moon Cakes during the Autumn Festivals.
If you want to buy this online instead, here is a link to Amazon.
Photo Credit: Kimchimari
Traditional Yakgwa Cookies.
3. Dried Squid
If you Korean dramas, you may have seen the main characters snacking on dried squid as they chat and drink soju. In South Korea, people enjoy dried squid as an anju (snack to eat while drinking). The savory fishiness pairs excellently with slightly sweet soju shots. For Koreans, they adore dried squid-like Americans do beef jerky.
If you decide to try dried squid, and you are of drinking age, I recommend pairing it with soju to get the full cultural experience. If you cannot drink shots well, try making a soju cocktail such as soju and tonic!
While you can easily buy plain dried squid to eat online, I wanted to also share a recipe for a spicy variation popular at Korean bars. For this spicy squid recipe, known as ojingeochae bokkeum in Korean, I recommend checking out Sue’s recipe from her blog My Korean Kitchen.
Also, for an extra bonus, I consider this snack to be the most healthy out of all the other options here. Dried squid is packed full of protein and is an extremely low-calorie option–at least compared to the processed snack options.
If you want to buy dried squid online, here is a link to Amazon!
4. Roasted Seaweed Strips
Like dried squid, people often eat roasted seaweed strips drinking and is a little more healthy than the processed snack alternatives. On the other hand, unlike the dried squid, this healthy snack option is also vegan and vegetarian! In the past, you may have eaten seaweed in miso soup, or when it is rolled with kimbap or sushi (curious about the difference between kimbap and sushi? Check out my blog post on kimbap vs sushi!). But, have you ever eaten seaweed all on its own?
In South Korea, besides selling large sheets to use when cooking, they sell small slices people often eat by itself or with plain white rice. The most popular versions of dried seaweed, known as ‘kim’ or ‘gim’ in Korean, are the plain style or a version coated with sesame oil.
If you are a fan of Josh and Ollie from the Youtube channels Jolly and Korean Englishman, you will know even young kids will love these little snacks. Ollie’s young daughter, Juno, is obsessed with this seaweed snack and prefers it over the other overly processed options.
Once again, dried seaweed strips are readily available to buy online. If you want to try making the Korean sesame oil style on your own, try Future Dish’s recipe from their Youtube channel or blog.
If you want to purchase seaweed strips online, here is a link to Amazon.
Photo Credit: Future Dish
Korean Roasted Seaweed Snack
5. Haitai Calbee Honey Butter Chips
The average young Korean loves a good trend. When first released in late 2014/early 2015, honey butter potato chips became the trendiest item in South Korea very quickly. Because of the viral marketing, the chips sold out across the country. Soon, people started stockpiling them to eat over time or to resell online. This period of Korean food history is known as the ‘honey-butter craze.’
Even BTS members such as Jin and Jongkook have been photographed eating these potato chips during and after the ‘honey-butter craze.’
These potato chips taste sweet from the honey, salty, and, of course, buttery. Now that the viral celebrity-influenced trend has died down, you can find these chips online. But, if you want to try making chips at home, I recommend checking out Rachelle’s recipe from her blog Bare Naked Food.
Also, they officially made dried honey butter squid snacks based on these chips. Can you believe it? You can buy these honey butter squid snacks here.
If you want to purchase honey butter chips online instead, here is an Amazon link!
6. Binggrae Banana Milk
In South Korea, people often drink banana milk when eating snacks. As a result, we couldn’t leave Binggrae’s banana milk off our list of the best Korean snacks you can buy online or make at home.
Binggrae first introduced banana milk in South Korea in 1974. At the time, bananas were incredibly expensive and were considered a luxury food. Because of the status of bananas, the company believed people would be enticed to buy their product. Binggrae wasn’t wrong! Since then, it has become one of the most popular convenience store drinks to consume while snacking. They have sold over 6 billion bottles of the drink since 1974. Further, 800,000 of these drinks are sold daily across the country. That’s a lot of banana milk!
Binggrae has since branched out from just banana milk. You can also buy strawberry milk and melon milk!
While you can readily buy banana milk online, we recommend checking out Sue’s recipe from her blog My Korean Kitchen if you want to try making it at home!
7. Lotte Pepero
Pepero, otherwise known as the Korean version of Japanese Pocky, is a popular treat for snacking. Lotte made Pepero by dipping long cookie sticks in chocolate. These sweet treats have been on the market in South Korea since 1983.
While Lotte made the original version by simply dipping a cookie in milk chocolate, they have since branched out and continues to create aesthetically pleasing, cute, and trendy versions such as white chocolate cookie, almond chocolate, milk chocolate cookie, and more.
In South Korea, November 11th is known as Pepero Day. 11/11 looks like multiple Peperos lined up. Typically, young students exchange Pepero with their classmates, teachers, and friends on this day. As of 2012, Lotte announced that they make 50% of their annual sales of Pepero on Pepero Day. Such a cute tradition! Who doesn’t love food-based holidays, right?!
You can easily find the different Lotte Pepero versions online and in grocery stores. If you would like to make your own, we recommend Eugenie’s version from her blog Eugenie Kitchen.
8. Seaweed Sweet Rice Crisps
Korean deep-fried seaweed rice crisps, otherwise known as gim-bugak, are a light, airy, and savory snack. Traditionally, Koreans coat the outside of the seaweed with a glutinous rice flour mixture before deep-frying them.
These snacks are so easy to just throwback and eat while watching TV. Before you know it, the entire bowl will be gone. For flavor reference, the seaweed gives a hint of a seaside taste. Mixed with the glutinous rice flour, they puff up when fried into a crispy treat!
There are many different versions available online. If you would like to make your own, try out Maangchi’s version from her blog and Youtube channel!
If you want to purchase it on amazon, here is a link to it!
Photo Credit: Maangchi
Deep-Fried Seaweed Rice Crisps
9. Orion Gosomi Crackers
Orion’s Gosomi crackers are thin biscuits with a crunchy and crisp texture. Sesame seeds permeate throughout the cracker. Then, sugar, salt, and a bit of coconut are sprinkled on top. Between all these flavors, these crackers somehow manage to balance the sweet and savory notes perfectly.
These crackers have a unique taste that goes perfectly with coffee, espresso, or tea while on a picnic. Soon, you will become addicted to the perfect snap of these crackers and won’t be able to have a hot beverage without them.
If you want to make these at home, we recommend Christine’s recipe from her blog Dear Saturdays. Otherwise, you can easily find these crackers online: here is a link to its Amazon listing.
10. Binggrae Melona Bars Ice Cream
Binggrae, the company that famously made banana milk, also made one of the most popular ice creams available in South Korea. Melona bars are ice cream bars made to taste like melons. This bright green ice cream was first introduced to South Korea in 1992. In the first year of production, they made approximately 18 million US dollars in sales. Since then, Melona continues to dominate the ice cream scene in Korea. You can find these bars at every convenience and grocery store in South Korea. Once again, we wrote about Melona bars on our list of Korean traditional and modern desserts.
They also branched out to grocery stores across the globe. You can find these bars at Walmart, Wegmans, Kroger, and more in the United States.
Like the banana milk, Binggrae expanded the flavors of their Melona bars. You can now try flavors such as mango, strawberry, coconut, and more!
If you want to make your own gourmet ice cream version, we recommend checking out the blog Two Red Bowls!
Further Korean Snacks
We hope you enjoyed reading about some of our favorite Korean snacks that you can buy or make at home. For further bursts of Korean flavor, we also recommend trying snacks such as:
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Top 10 Best Korean Snacks You Need to Try
When visiting South Korea, make sure to try some of their snacks. The best Korean snacks can be found in any supermarket or convenience store around Korea. If you walk down the supermarket aisle in Korea you will see rows and rows of colorful Korean snacks from chips to cookies to chocolate. In addition, everything on this list should be available at CU, GS Mart, and 7-ELEVEN. If you don’t want to leave your home or hotel, just have it delivered to you! What you will notice about these snacks is how different they are which is great as there will be something for everyone. Do not agree with our top 10 list of the best Korean snacks?
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The top spot on our list of the Best Korean Snacks has to go to Pepero. It is so popular in South Korea that they have a national day just for this snack. On Pepero Day you give your friends and family…Pepero! In fact, in any convenience store you go into, you will find Pepero being sold. Talk about a brilliant marketing campaign. Pepero is a chocolate-covered thin cookie stick. What makes Pepero so special is that it comes in a variety of styles. You can get peanut-covered Pepero, strawberry Pepero, white chocolate, green tea, and so much more. You name it, they will have a Pepero for it. Our personal favorite is the almond Peperos which are easy to spot as the packaging is green.
These are the bugles of Korea. They are all cone-shaped and children like to put each of them on their fingers and eat them one by one. They are very crunchy but not too crunchy that they will irritate your gums. It comes in many different flavors but we would recommend you stick with the original. It also goes great with salsa!
While it might sound strange to snack on shrimp flavored crackers, it is a very popular snack in Korea. In fact, shrimp crackers were the first commercialized snacks in Korea. They are shaped like French fries but a lot crunchier and with a shrimp flavor. The crackers are baked and not fried. We recommend you try it in their spicy flavor.
The best chocolate bar in South Korea is the Crunky. It is a combination of milk chocolate and puffed rice. It has a similar texture to a CRUNCH bar. They also have a lower calorie count than a Hershey’s Bar because a lot of the chocolate is replaced by rice crisps. It has a surprisingly low-calorie count compared to other chocolate bars.
Honey Butter Chip
These Korean snacks were so popular in Korea that people would wait in line to buy them. The craze has died down but the taste is still awesome. Think of potato chips that have been covered in Butter. It has the right combination of sweet and salty. Yum! However, for those that like their potato chips salty, this might not be the snack for you.
Choco Mushroom Boy
These are pretty much similar to Kancho Choco but instead of the chocolate being inside a cookie ball, these are mushroom-shaped chocolate snacks where the mushroom head is made of chocolate. The stem is made of a crunchy biscuit. It has a lighter chocolate taste to them and can be eaten as a whole or by biting off the side you like more. We would recommend you put them in the refrigerator and eat them cold.
Those that do not like marshmallows might not like Choco Pie. However, for those that do, this is a combination of smores and a cake. Inside is a sponge cake with marshmallows and the whole pie is covered in chocolate. An argument can be made that Choco Pies are the most famous of all Korean snacks. They are individually packaged so it is very easy to eat. While the chocolate is on the outside you can use the wrapper to hold it while you eat.
These are round biscuits that have chocolate on the inside. Basically, they are chocolate cookie balls. They are bite-size which makes them very easy to eat. However, the best way to eat them is to put them in the refrigerator or better yet the freeze them and eat them cold. Each ball has a cute picture on it which children love!
Squid Peanut Snack
The shell has a slight taste of squid but the inside has peanuts. The flavor squid is not too strong. Moreover, it does not have a fish flavor as others might say. The strong flavor is mostly in the peanut. It is very crunchy and is a great snack while watching your favorite movie or Korean drama!
You really can’t have enough of Homerun Balls. They are sweet mini puff pastry balls that are filled with chocolate. Those that love Nutella will love this Korean snack. The bag comes with a plastic container that holds all the balls. While Homerun Ball comes in other flavors such as Strawberry, we would recommend going with the chocolate flavor because it is the classic way to eat Homerun balls.
These Onion Ring chips are enjoyed by all ages in Korea. While you might think it is similar to Funyuns, it is not. It is much milder compared to Funyuns and has a light crisp texture. These onion rings contain no MSG has 100mg less sodium than Funyuns per serving. Therefore, it is a much healthier alternative. However, don’t think it has tastes anything like Funyuns as it has a hint of sweetness to it.
Sunflower Seed Choco Ball
One of the best-kept secrets in Korea is these Sunflower Choco balls. These are sunflower seeds covered in chocolate! They use dried sunflower seeds and dip them in chocolate milk. A bag has tons and tons of these small balls which are actually very fun to eat. We would recommend you keep them in the refrigerator to keep them from melting.
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20 Delicious Korean Snacks You Need to Try
K-pop, K-dramas, and K-beauty products are becoming increasingly popular worldwide, and with them, South Korea as a tourist destination is thriving too. But that’s not where the curiosity about Korean culture ends. Namely, Korean snacks have also sparked much interest worldwide.
South Koreans take their snacking seriously, which is why their convenience stores are packed with an overwhelming variety of snacks and treats. If you wanted to try out some new snacks but didn’t know where to start and where to get them, here’s a helpful guide on everything you need to know about Korean snacks.
Best-Selling Korean Snacks
Even with the number of choices the Korean snack industry is offering, some snacks have won the most hearts. These are some of the oldest and best-selling snacks in South Korea:
#1. Lotte Pepero
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One of the most popular treats in South Korea, Pepero is a biscuit stick covered in chocolate. The original Pepero is dipped in milk chocolate, but over the years they came up with various flavors. Some of the choices you have include white chocolate, vanilla, choco cookie, and even green tea.
It’s been around since 1983, which speaks volumes about its status in Korean snacking. In fact, Lotte Pepero is such a beloved treat that it has its own holiday! Pepero Day is celebrated on November 11, when Koreans gift their loved ones with Pepero to show how much they care. A Variety Value Package that includes six-packs of Lotte Pepero costs $49.71.
#2. Orion Choco Pie
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Sold since 1974, Orion Choco Pie is one of the oldest Korean treats on the market. It consists of two small chocolate-coated sponge cakes, connected with a marshmallow filling.
Several brands are offering a variety of this treat, but the Orion one has become a classic. Koreans absolutely love Choco Pies, so it’s safe to say you won’t regret trying this one. Orion Choco Pie comes in many flavors — from the traditional chocolate variant to flavors like strawberry, banana, and matcha. For $18.99, you can get 12×2 packs of Orion Choco Pies.
#3. Nongshim Shrimp Cracker
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First introduced in 1971, Nongshim Shrimp Cracker is still a favorite among Koreans. It’s no surprise this snack has been around so long, as seafood-flavored snacks are very prominent in Korea. What’s more, this Shrimp Cracker is not filled with the usual artificial additives, but savory shrimp flavor. It’s crunchy and tasty and can even be found in spicy variants. A package of 12 bags costs $30.70.
#4. Haitai Matdongsan
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It seems that peanut snacks are universally loved. If peanuts are your favorite as well, Matdongsan is a snack for you. It consists of a cookie coated in syrup and then topped with chopped peanuts. Matdongsan is crunchy and sweet, perfect for a nutty dessert. For $11.85 you can get a big bag of Haitai Matdongsan.
#5. Orion Gosomi Crackers
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Koreans seem to have a perfect snack for every occasion. For enjoying a cup of tea on a lazy afternoon, Orion Gosomi Crackers are a perfect snack. They are crispy biscuits with sesame seed, sugar, salt, and a bit of coconut. The combination of sweet and savory spices makes them a great addition to your tea, which is why many Koreans always have them together. Two packs of eight crackers are $23.00.
Traditional Korean Snacks
If you’re new to the world of Korean snacks, these are the ones you need to try first. Whether you like sweet or savory snacks, or you’re looking for unique flavors you couldn’t find anywhere else, there is something for everyone. You just need to decide which category to start with.
#6. Korean Honey Cookies
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Honey cookies or Yakgwa in Korean are traditional cookies shaped like flowers. Translated into English, yak means medicine, and gwa means sweet. It was named so due to the health benefits honey has, as well as its sweetness.
This snack is prepared by deep-frying, not baking like most cookies. It’s made with honey, ginger, rice wine, and sesame oil. Koreans say that homemade honey cookies taste best, but you can also get pre-packaged ones, for $16.79 for a three-pack.
#7. Seaweed Crisps
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Seaweed is an important part of Korean cuisine, so it’s no wonder it also became a common snack. These seaweed crisps are a perfect snack when you are craving Korean food but can’t go to a Korean restaurant.
Seaweed Crisps are light and crispy with a savory note. Plus, they are good for your health. They also come in a variety of flavors — brown rice, potato, sweet corn, and more. You can get a 10-pack of different flavors for $39.98.
#8. Coffee Crackers
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Koreans love having a snack with their coffee, which is why there is a variety of coffee crackers available in their convenience stores. For a more traditional version, you can try one of the recipes for dalgona, a Korean sugar candy. If, on the other hand, you prefer to stay out of the kitchen, store-bought coffee biscuits are still pretty good. Three packs of Coffee Crackers will cost you $23.99.
Sweet Korean Snacks
#9. Haitai Sindangdong Tteokbokki
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Tteokbokki, Korean rice cakes with sweet and spicy sauce, are the staple of Korean street food. Therefore, it makes sense that chips with the same sauce are also one of the most popular snacks. When you can’t get the real thing, this is the best alternative. A pack of two bags is $15.49.
#10. Honey Butter Chip
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Although Honey Butter Chip has not been around for as long as other popular snacks, it quickly became a well-liked snack. The chips are thin and crispy, with sweet and savory tastes combined. Due to its unusual combination, it sparked a lot of interest and immediately sold out everywhere. Fortunately, it is available again for $9.95 for a pack of 3.
#11. Lotte Sunflower Seed Choco Ball
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If you like eating sunflower seeds on their own, you’re going to love them covered in chocolate. That is exactly what you get with Sunflower Seed Choco Balls — dried sunflower seeds dipped in high-quality milk chocolate. Not only does it taste great, but sunflower seeds are also high in protein. For $19.00, you can get 10 packs of Sunflower Seed Choco Ball.
Savory Korean Snacks
#12. Dried Squid
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It might sound strange to have dried squid for a snack, but it’s actually delicious. When you think about it, it’s no different than having beef jerky as a snack. Dried squid can smell a little fishy, but it’s tasty and full of protein, which makes it an ideal snack. You can see if dried squid is up to your tastes for $20.77.
#13. Paldo Crab Chips
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Paldo Crab Chips are another great savory snack. These are crispy and lightly salted, so you will like them even if you avoid salty foods. Koreans often combine Paldo Crab Chips with alcohol, so there’s another idea you can try out. You can get this Korean Snack for $6.99.
#14. Binggrae Smoky Bacon Chips
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It would be difficult to find a better combination than smoked bacon and chips, which is why this is a superb snack. It’s got a light barbecue flavor and the chips even look like small pieces of bacon strips. If you love bacon, nothing can top this snack. An 8-pack can be yours for $20.00.
Korean Snacks With Unique and Interesting Flavors
#15. Hot Bars
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Hot Bars are vacuum-packaged sausages and fish sticks and Koreans love them! You can find them practically everywhere in Korea — convenience stores, malls, food markets, and street stalls. They taste best when you eat them piping hot, so heat them up before consuming. A pack of 25 hot bars is $85.00.
#16. Glim Tom’s Farm Seasoned Almonds
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If you love snacking almonds, you need to try Korean seasoned almonds. An innovative and exciting snack, these are also a great source of protein. If you’d like to try some really unusual flavors, you can choose between tiramisu, yogurt, lobster, and many others. For $29.90, you can experience the most surprising among the Korean snacks.
#17. Yogurt and Cola Pringles
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When it comes to snacks, Pringles is the staple, so you might find it strange it is in the ‘unique flavors’ category. The reason is simple — Pringles is available everywhere in the world, but Koreans took Pringles flavors to another level.
In 2018, they came up with Yogurt and Cola flavored Pringles, which immediately became a hit. However, since both flavors are limited edition and in pretty high demand, it might be difficult to get them. When they are available, you can get them for $28.99.
Korean Snack Box: Best Korean Snacks for Kids
Now that you know about so many tasty Korean snacks, you might want to try them all at once. Well, that’s not entirely impossible. You can find plenty of Korean Snack Box subscriptions online. In these boxes, you get several Korean snacks for a more affordable price.
If, on the other hand, you know exactly what you want, that doesn’t mean you can’t get a Snack Box. You can choose between a Pepero Box, Choco Box, Cherry Blossom Box, and many, many others. You can see what’s on offer for yourself and start snacking like a Korean.
#18. Abishag Fruit Chips
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When choosing a snack for kids, you want to make sure it’s tasty but also good for them. That’s why Abishag Fruit Chips make for an excellent choice of snack for kids.
They are made from high-quality fruits from Korea, and they contain neither additives nor added sugars. In addition, they dry the fruits using the low-temperature wind dehydration method, which minimizes the loss of nutrients. The price per bag is $11.99.
#19. Maxbon Fish and Cheese Sausage Sticks
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Korean kids love Fish and Cheese sausage sticks, so why wouldn’t all the other kids as well? This snack contains fish meat and cheddar cheese, as well as corn grains which add to the chewy texture. Surprise your kids with a new snack they will love and get them a 6-pack of sausage sticks for $31.99.
#20. Orion Choco Boy
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The novelty of eating a mushroom-shaped candy is enough to get your kids excited about Orion Choco Boy. However, this treat is also delicious due to its combination of sweet chocolate and crunchy biscuit. In addition, each box contains a fun connect-the-dots game that all the kids will love. A four-bag pack of these biscuits comes to $15.99.
Where to Buy Korean Snacks
To get any of the snacks mentioned above, you can just follow the links in the headings. However, there are more online sources that offer Korean snacks and deliver them to your door.
For example, you can check out Just Asian Food’s section of Korean snacks. There is also Cokoyam that offers a great Korean Snack Box with over 70 snacks, as well as a variety of choices of sweet and savory snacks. If you are based in the US, you can also try SFMart, which even offers free delivery for orders over $50.
2. Local Convenience Store
If you’re too impatient to wait for the snacks to arrive, you should check whether your local convenience store carries some Korean snacks. You’d be surprised how many of them actually do. In fact, many stores have introduced a separate section for Korean snacks.
So make sure to ask next time you’re in the store. Even if they don’t have them at the moment, more people asking means they might think about ordering some for the store.
Korean snacks are changing the snacks game, so you need to get on board and try some. You can surely find something that fits your tastes among an overwhelming variety of choices provided by Korean snacks.
More importantly, you can try out new tastes and flavors that you don’t encounter that often, such as dried squid or seaweed chips. Whichever snack you do decide to try, you’ll definitely come back for more!
19 Super Addictive Korean Snacks You Need in Your Life
Here are the snacks that Koreans are addicted to.
They’re the ones I grew up eating and crave whenever I’m overseas.
These are the best classic, sweet & salty, ”healthy” and trendy Korean snacks.
Let’s check them out!
Snacks are a way of life in Korea. They’ve spawned black markets and even inspired elections. Now, you can buy Korean snacks online.
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Snacks aren’t considered healthy in Korea, but people crave their unique flavors. Read on to see the most popular ones.
These bring back childhood memories with one bite.
Shrimp-flavored Cracker (새우깡 or Saewookkang) by Nongshim
A steady-seller for decades that every Korean grows up eating.
It’s also known as the perfect snack for 노래방(Noraebang).
Since Rain’s song, “Gang (pronounced as Kkang)”, went viral, Nongshim hired him as its CF model.
The 깡 (kkang) series is so popular that it spawned sequels.
- Shrimp-flavored Cracker (새우깡 or Saewookkang)
- Onion Snack (양파깡 or Yangpakkang)
- Potato Snack (감자깡 or Gamjakkang)
- Sweet Potato Snack (고구마깡 or Gogumakkang)
Thanks to Rain, they surpassed sales of 10 billion KRW in July for the first time.
Popping Corn Chips (꼬깔콘 or Kkokkalcorn) by Lotte Confectionery
A cone-shaped snack that you must eat off your fingertips. (Every Korean did this as a kid and sometimes as drunk adults)
I ate this snack as a kid in Korea.
It’s very savory, crispy and super addictive!
One of the iconic snacks that Koreans of all ages love.
Pockachip (포카칩) by Orion
The most popular potato chips in Korea.
Thin chips fried in vegetable oil for a salty flavor you can’t stop eating.
Cuttlefish Peanut Ball (오징어땅콩 or Ojingeo Ttangkong) by Orion
Doesn’t sound great in English. But, this one is especially perfect with beer.
Its cuttlefish flavor is addictive, and the peanut inside gives it a nutty crunch.
Ojingeo Ttangkong has been around for 40 years and will probably be forever.
Choco Pie (초코파이) by Orion
You’ve probably seen this in other countries. It’s a chocolate pie with marshmallow frosting inside.
When teenagers in Korea can’t afford to buy their friends a birthday cake, we stack Choco Pies on a box with candles.
Also, every Korean knows how to make 초코똥 (choco poop) out of Choco Pie. It looks gross but is still tasty.
Kancho (칸쵸) by Lotte Confectionery
Biscuit filled with chocolate. It’s similar to Homerun Ball, but harder/crunchier.
I loved Kancho in high school. It just looks adorable in its pink box. I always ended up buying them at the school snack shop.
Also, we often wrote letters to each other inside Kancho boxes.
Ace (에이스) by Haitai
A popular cracker that every Korean mom loves.
My mom always dipped Ace in her coffee much to my amazement, and now I do the same.
As I got older, I slowly grew fond of this cracker.
Sweet & Salty (단짠) Snacks
Sweet & salty is a thing in Korea, and it works somehow.
Honey Butter Chip (허니버터칩) by Haitai
In late 2014 to early 2015, the “honey butter craze” swept the country. Back then, potato chips only came in salty flavors. Haitai created “sweet and salty (단짠)” using butter and honey.
When it went viral on social media, people were paying a premium to get Honey Butter Chips for 5,000 KRW. They even sold out on legitimate channels and a black market formed to pick up the slack. (Yes, Koreans take their snacks that seriously)
After it became a success, many knockoffs using “honey butter” appeared.
Now it’s not so popular, but people still buy them to have with beer.
Seafood Snack (오잉 or O-ing) by Lotte Confectionery
A snack seasoned with real seafood (squid/shrimp).
It may not sound inviting, but it’s not that fishy and pretty addictive.
Kkobuk Chip (꼬북칩) by Orion
It’s said that, “some haven’t tried it yet, but no one has had only one”.
The secret to its sweet and salty taste lies in the corn soup-flavored seasoning.
You can taste the savory sweetness of corn and saltiness at the same time.
Kkobuk is a cute way of saying turtle, since it looks like a turtle shell.
Korean snacks aren’t known for being healthy. Here are some new ones that are (kind of).
Air Baked (에어 베이크드) by Lotte Confectionery
The new sheriff in town.
Lotte is doing its best to grow this snack by shooting commercials with Jennie.
Air Baked is also known as “Jennie’s Snack” and sold 4.5 billion KRW worth in just 3 months since June.
It goes well with beer with its crispy texture and salty taste. It may be healthier than other snacks, but don’t expect to lose weight when you eat them.
Green Onion Flavored Chex (첵스파맛) by Kellogg’s
In 2004, chocolate ‘Cheki’ and green onion ‘Chaka’ were two cartoon candidates in a presidential election for the Chex Choco Empire. Chaka won the election, but Kellogg’s chose to make chocolate Chex.
Koreans, who fought hard for democracy, were playfully furious over the rigged election and demanded their green onion flavor. (yes, this actually happened)
After 16 years, Kellogg’s finally launched a limited edition Green Onion Flavored Chex.
Many reviews said it’s good with Seolleongtang (Ox Bone Soup), cream soup, Tteokbokki, etc. since it mimics green onion flavor. (You know what already has green onion flavor? Green onions!)
But no one recommended eating them with milk, even though it’s a cereal.
Homerun Ball (홈런볼) by Haitai
A not so flashy, but consistently popular snack.
I haven’t met a Korean who dislikes Homerun Ball.
My only complaint would be that Haitai is a little stingy with them. The packs are mostly air.
They’re delicious as is, but they’re even better after freezing or frying them in an air fryer.
Almond Dark Choco (다크초콜릿아몬드) by Mountain and Field (산과들에)
Small companies are on the rise in Korea. Almond Dark Choco by Mountain and Field is a delicious snack that’s a good example of this trend.
I tried them when they came in the K-quarantine package I got from Cheongju.
Once quarantine ends, I’ll definitely keep buying them because they’re legit good.
Cutting edge snacks that Koreans are talking about now.
Sahmyook Soy Milk Cone (삼육두유콘)
Soy milk in an ice cream cone.
It’s trendy and has a cute retro design.
You can buy them at CU convenience stores, but they’re super rare now.
All my friends failed to get them, even after visiting 5 different CU stores.
*** Update: One of my friends finally managed to buy one, but she’s not a fan. ***
Paik’s Corn Cone (빽다방 옥수수콘)
You may not believe this, but every Korean loves corn!
Paik Dabang are affordable cafes in Korea.
This ice cream cone is also affordable and offers a lot of value.
It’s sprinkled with nuts and salted caramel syrup on top with visible corn inside the ice cream.
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Best-Selling Korean Snacks 2018
Everyone knows that breakfast, lunch, and dinner make up our everyday eating routines, but the true underappreciated hero is snacks. They are there to help us prevent boredom and tide us over until our next meal. However, the age-old question still remains: “What snack should I pick to eat?”
To make finding the answer to that question a little easier, here are eight of the most popular and best-selling snacks in Korea!
1. Choco Pie 초코파이 – Since 1974
A Choco Pie is a treat made with two small layers of fluffy cake and marshmallow filling, all coated in chocolate. Beginning in the early 2000s, Orion, the company that originally created the cakes, started increasing in foreign markets. As of today, approximately 12.1 billion Choco Pies have been sold throughout the world.
Want to know more about Choco Pies? Read this article!
2. Xylitol Gum 자일리톨껌 – Since 2000
Xylitol is one of the more well-known types of gum in Korea with almost everyone owning a little green plastic container of it. Xylitol is not only the brand of gum, but also the name for the sugar alcohol used as its sweetener.
3. Pepero 빼빼로 – Since 1983
Pepero is a biscuit stick that can be covered or filled with chocolate and other enhancers, such as nuts. If you’re a member of the FeverFam, then you know that Pepero is so popular in South Korea that there is even a special day dedicated to it on November 11.
Here’s a quiz that will help you decide which Pepero flavor is best suited for you!
4. Saewookkang (Shrimp cracker) 새우깡 – Since 1971
This snack is on the older side, having been introduced in 1971, but it’s still a favorite among Koreans. This small cracker is filled with savory shrimp flavors instead of the usual artificial additives. Seafood-flavored snacks are popular in Korea, and this one is no exception. It can even be found served in bars.
Want to know what the Top 6 shrimp-flavored crackers are? Click here to find out!
5. MatDongSan 맛동산 – Since 1975
If you have been awaiting a peanut snack in this list, you’re in luck! Matdongsan is a crunchy peanut cookie created by a company called Haitai. Made from a fried cookie then coated in syrup and topped with chopped peanuts, it’s nutty in flavor.
6. Homerun Ball 홈런볼 – Since 1981
With a smooth, chocolatey filling inside and a puff pastry outside, these snacks are a home-run in popularity! The theme is pretty self-explanatory with a cartoon baseball player and chocolate pastry balls meant to represent baseballs. With this snack, there have been many different flavors released, such as banana, cheese, strawberry, and caramel.
7. Pockachip 포카칩 – Since 1988
No, not poker-chips. Pockachips are said to be the Korean version of America’s Lay’s because they are just your average, everyday potato chips. Although, they do come in another flavor, which is onion. Just because they may seem to be a simple snack, that doesn’t mean they aren’t enjoyed by many.
8. 꼬깔콘 Kokal Corn Chips – Since 1983
These chips are similar to Bugles with their cone-shaped appearance, and of course, are just as entertaining to put on your fingers while you eat! Next time you’re bored and looking for a way to entertain yourself, pick up a bag and begin the fun!
What’s your favorite Korean snack? Let us know in the comments below!
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90,000 Bon appetit! 16 Best Korean Cuisine
The fact that there are over 100 different types of kimchi already makes it clear how rich and varied Korean cuisine is, and how Koreans themselves respect it.
Korean cuisine has evolved over time and culture, but remains a core aspect of national identity.
Here are 16 dishes that are necessary for the Korean heart, soul and digestive tract.
Given South Korea’s love of alcohol, it’s no surprise that its hangover treatments are well developed: pre-alcohol drinks, after-drinks, a variety of spicy and stews and soups.
This dish is made from beef broth with cabbage, bean sprouts, radishes and chunks of frozen bull’s blood. The rich taste works wonders: it will easily stir you up in the morning.
2. Kimchi (김치)
This dish is dated to the Silla dynasty (circa 2.000 years ago), it is the favorite spicy snack on every Korean table. This is a salted cabbage seasoned with red pepper, garlic, ginger and shallots.
Sometimes cabbage is replaced with radish and cucumbers. There is also a less spicy kind of kimchi, made from young radish stalks floating in a spicy soup.
3. Soft Tofu Stew (순두부 찌개)
Soft tofu, shellfish and egg in a spicy broth. The popular stew is a classic example of unexpected flavor combinations that deliver delicious sensations.
Tofu cheese is cut into pieces in a stew, retains the clam flavor and softens the overall spiciness.
Served in traditional earthenware, the shape of which keeps the heat inside. The raw egg is added to the stew after serving and there it is brought to full readiness.
4. Chimek (치맥)
Another of the most popular dishes in Korea, loved by people of all ages, is the simple combination of fried chicken and beer. Separately, neither chicken nor beer is anything special, but together!
Chicken can be simply crispy or served with sweet and sour sauce.
5. Instant noodles (라면)
Anyone can make their own noodles by simply following the directions on the back of the ramyeon package, boil water and then add a bag of spices, but connoisseurs will add additional foods such as canned tuna, eggs and cheese to enhance the flavor.
6. Army stew (부대 찌개)
This is a mixed hodgepodge: a stew with sausages, pepper ham, American cheese, instant noodles, tteok (rice cakes) and mixed vegetables refer to the aftermath of the Korean War.
Because meat was scarce, chefs found creative replacements in surplus food from a US military base located in Seoul, hence the name of the stew.
Although meat is now plentiful, it is impossible to imagine this dish without canned ham.
7. Crab in soy sauce (간장 게장)
Ganjang gejang, or crab marinated in soy sauce, can be so delicious that it is often affectionately referred to as the “rice thief.” The point is that you keep eating more rice so that you have more tasty crab left.
The slightly pungent, bitter and cold taste can come as a shock to beginners. But among South Koreans, this crab ranks first among other seafood dishes.
8. Gopchan (곱창)
Gopchan is prepared from the small intestines of pork or cattle, which are cut into pieces. It can be present in soups or as a standalone grilled dish.
Most gopchan lovers in South Korea prefer it with soju (sweet potato or grain based vodka).
9. Bibimbap (비빔밥)
This Korean lunch in a bowl is rice mixed with seasoned vegetables, beef and egg, topped with sesame oil and a spoonful of chili paste for seasoning.
Previously, this dish was served exclusively for the imperial table, but now it has become a taste for ordinary people.
10. Kimbap (김밥)
The process of making gimbap is reminiscent of the Italian glassmaking technique and indeed the finished gimbap often looks too pretty to eat.
Fry vegetables, ground beef, sweet pickled radishes and rice, place on a sheet of seaweed and wrap tightly, then cut into small pieces. Ideal takeaway food choice.
- Bovine Bone Soup (설렁탕)
This bull bone soup is easily recognizable by its milky white color and simple ingredients. The hot dish consists of noodles, finely chopped onions and a few pieces of meat.
Despite such a modest set of ingredients, the popularity of this soup is great.Nothing beats a steaming bowl of hot broth on a cold winter’s day, seasoned to your liking and complemented by nothing more than rice and kimchi.
12. Shunde (순대)
Another type of street food. This type of sausage, similar in content to blood pudding, has its roots in Mongolian cuisine. In Korea, pork gut is stuffed with funchose, vegetables and meat. Sunde is thus a kind of blood sausage.
- Bulkogi (불고기)
Pulkogi is becoming the same widespread and famous Korean dish around the world as kimchi.The name literally means “fiery meat” as it is cooked over an open fire, a kind of barbecue.
This famous sweet meat dish, which has existed in one form or another for over a thousand years, was considered gourmet cuisine during the Joseon Dynasty.
14. Chuatan (추어탕)
This spicy soup is more like a roast in its consistency. Mashed potatoes are boiled to the point of being unrecognizable. The soup itself is named after the silt fish, which is the main ingredient.
Bean sprouts, dried radish greens, sweet potato stalks and, of course, thin-thin cabbage leaves are also added to the broth.
- Dotorimuk (도토리묵)
This light brown jelly made from acorn starch is served cold, often with chopped leeks and soy sauce as a side dish, or as an ingredient in salads with rice.
Like tofu, dotorimuk is quite nutritious and loved by vegans.
This delicious summer dessert combines sweetened red beans on a crushed ice cushion, condensed milk, fruit syrup, ice cream and cornflakes. There are many variations of this dessert, only your imagination is needed.
Bingsu will be on the menu at every bakery and fast food restaurant in Seoul during the summer.
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90,000 Best Korean Snacks You Must Try in 2021
We are all familiar with the usual three meals a day, right? Well, there are snacks and Korean snacks are very popular in Korea and beyond.Now everyone loves snacks, including in Korea! There are many different types of snacks in Korea that will suit everyone!
Here are the best Korean snacks you should try!
For ease of reading, this list will be divided into different types of snacks: chocolate snacks, potato chip snacks, sweet potato snacks, ramen, seaweed snacks, and others.
Orion’s Chocolate Pie (초코 파이)
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Ah, chocolate cake! Choco Pie’s origins date back to the early 1900s in the southern United States, but today it is widespread throughout the world, including Korea. In fact, when I first found out about them at a very young age, I thought they were Korean. That’s what good Korean marketing has been and is!
Probably due to its association with South Korea and the United States of America, chocolate tarts were momentarily banned in North Korea. Currently, chocolate tarts are still banned in the closed country.
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Another staple of Korean snacks, Pepero is long cookie sticks dipped in chocolate. You can see Pepero in every Korean home and every Korean store, and the compact and thin sticks make it so easy to use. While the original Pepero is covered in milk chocolate, Lotte has created several innovative and new flavors.
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Ghanaian milk chocolate (가나 밀크 초콜릿)
Another chocolate snack that Koreans love is Lotte’s Ghana Milk Chocolate Bars. We can say that these are the first chocolate bars made in Korea. The name of the bar “Ghana” pays homage to Ghana, the country where most of the cocoa beans come from. Ghana’s chocolate bars mainly come in red and dark brown packaging as shown above.The chocolate bar is thin, creamy and sweet. The perfect way to cheer up!
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Lotte Kancho Chocolate Chip Cookie (칸쵸 초코 쿠키)
These hilarious little round cookies are filled with chocolate and are so small you can look in your mouth and eat it in one go.
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Sunflower Seed Chocolate Ball (헤 바라기 초코 볼)
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This is the first Korean snack I was introduced to. As the name suggests, this snack consists of sunflower seeds covered in a layer of chocolate – usually milk chocolate. People who like this appetizer are not as popular as the other appetizers on this list and find it fun and easy to eat. It’s also relatively healthy compared to other snacks on this list.
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Market-O Real Cakes
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My favorite chocolate snack on this list is Market-O’s Real Brownie. The individual, colorfully wrapped cakes are very chewy and chocolatey. The small size of the cakes makes it easy to eat multiple cakes in one sitting without creating a mess!
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Corn and potato snacks
Onion rings (양파 링)
After you’ve eaten all of these chocolate snacks, you can try something slightly sour.Look no further than onion rings. As the name suggests, this snack consists of a ring-shaped corn snack that has an onion flavor. It has a crunchy texture, and as soon as you bite it, your mouth will be overwhelmed with flavor.
This is comparable to Lay’s Funyuns or Takis tortilla, so if you love one of these, you will definitely love the Korean onion rings.
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Chips with honey and butter (허니 버터 칩)
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Every country seems to have several types of potato chips. However, the best Korean snacks often come in the form of potato chips. This appetizer is pretty simple. This is a potato chips! There are different brands and types of potato chips in Korea. For example, the picture below shows a variation of the Honey Butter Potato Chip.
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Purple Sweet Potato Chip (자색 고구마 칩)
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Speaking of chips, another snack that’s popular in Korea is purple sweet potato. The can in the picture above has no brand name, but make no mistake. There are many eatery companies in Korea that can flaunt their version of sweet potato chips.
Like pringles, these purple chips are just a few examples of the mass trend in Korea. Sweet potatoes are used to make not only chips, but drinks, desserts and ice cream, among many others.
Goguma Kkang (고구마 깡)
Sweet potato chips, however, not only in the form of a slate. As shown above, sweet potato chips can come in many shapes and sizes, but one thing is for sure, Koreans love the taste of sweet potatoes.
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Kkokkalcorn (꼬깔 콘)
Another popular type of snack in Korea is corn snacks.Kkokkalkom is one such snack. Each bite of Kkokkalcorn offers a strong corn flavor that lives up to its name. The funny thing about Kkakkolcorn is that each piece is shaped like a cone, so kids love to wear one on each finger as if they were supposed to have a hat on their fingers. Or that their fingers are witches. Indeed, this is a fun and popular way to eat Kokkalkorn not only for children, but also for teens, young people and adults.
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The best Korean snack in my opinion is Sun Chips. More precisely, the original fragrance Sun Chips. Made from corn, these chips are healthier for potato chips. But it’s not just corn. Each of the flavored chips is garnished with a salty condiment that makes your mouth drink a witch with every bite.
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Waffles with crown oil (버터 와플)
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For crispy, sweet and savory flavors, turn to Korean Buttered Waffle Snacks. As you can tell, these snacks should resemble your favorite European waffles in both taste and shape. But unlike real breakfast food, these waffle snacks are easy to eat and you don’t need to clean your plates afterwards! To maintain their oily taste, these cookies are limited to 6 months. The delicious taste, loved by all ages, comes from the used oil of the Netherlands.You will love the Crown Butter waffles with a cup of coffee.
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Crown Sando (크라운 산도)
Crown Sando is Korea’s first biscuit-type biscuit, which comes in three different flavors: strawberry, mascarpone milk cheese and chocolate. The crispy biscuits and sweet cream in the middle make it the perfect match for all ages.
Lotte Margaret biscuits are hard on the outside, but soft and tasty on the inside.The cookie resembles homemade peanut butter soft biscuits. They are of three types: peanut, chocolate and nutty. My favorite is the original peanut butter flavor. You just can’t stop at one!
Other Korean Favorite Snacks
Tom’s Farm Nuts
A recent discovery in Korea, this aromatic almond and various types of nuts are in vogue now. These little bits are very interesting and come in a variety of flavors, including wasabi, basil, and pesto, as well as Korea’s favorite honey butter, among others.
Of course, you can’t go to Korea and not come across Korean ramen, which is a good snack for any occasion. Whether you’re at home and looking to grab a bite to eat, or on a hike or outing with family and friends, wrapping ramen is your best friend! It is very easy and quick to prepare ramen of different flavors and from different Korean companies. They also have varying levels of pungency, so you definitely have something for you! On top of that, you can add whatever you want to the ramen! Meat, vegetables, eggs, dumplings and more! Check out this post on Best Korean Ramen You Should Try.
Korean ramen is so famous that other countries even have them in their shops. Here’s a bowl of honey and cheese flavored ramen I found in Hong Kong.
Algae and seaweed snacks
The most basic Korean dishes can be rice and seaweed. In other words, in most Korean homes, seaweed is just as important as kimchi or other species. Banchan (side dish). With this in mind, it’s no surprise that Koreans have come up with various Korean snacks that include seaweed in one way or another.
Below are the different forms of seaweed snacks. Note that many Koreans also eat seaweed on their own, without rice or vegetables.
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Dried squid (해 오징어)
Something that many people don’t think about when thinking about Korean snacks is dried squid, and not at all what many people can choose as their favorite snack, but no matter, dried squid is a very tasty and popular Korean snack.Of course, there are many other dried meats and fruits that can be healthier substitutes for chips.
Good news! You can buy these snacks in stores all over Korea! If you want to read about shops in Korea, you can read about them here.
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Being healthy is fashionable! We follow fashion trends and prepare an easy and healthy Korean cabbage salad that will add a touch of piquancy and freshness to your everyday day.Season the bright vegetable salad with soy sauce and sesame oil and enjoy the harmonious combination of healthy ingredients!
Total Cooking Time: 15 minutes
- 300g Chopped Chinese Cabbage (1 small head of cabbage)
- 100 g red cabbage, chopped
- 100 g onions, thinly sliced
- 100 g chopped green onions
- 100 g carrots, cut into strips
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 Art.l. soy sauce
2 st. l. vinegar
1 st. l. sesame oil
2 st. l. sugar
1 st. l. sesame
- 10 g crushed red pepper (kochukaru or chili)
- Salt and ground black pepper to taste
1. In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients for a savory salad dressing.
2.In a large bowl, place chopped cabbage, chopped onions and green onions, carrots, and add the cooked aromatic dressing (step 1). Stir all ingredients.
3. Eat Korean cabbage salad immediately after cooking, or let the vegetable salad sit for several hours for a deeper and richer flavor.
Energy value per 1 serving:
Calories – 168
Fat – 3 g
Calcium – 164 mg
Sodium – 432 mg
Carbohydrates – 32 g
Protein – 6 g
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90,000 15 dishes for exploring South Korea
Edited by an expert:
Nadezhda Primochkina, nutritionist – 01/29/2020
National Korean cuisine is considered one of the most useful in world culinary. The centuries-old history has made it possible to form vivid national characteristics not only of preparation and recipes, but also of the design of the meal.At the same time, the traditions of Korean cuisine are practically not subject to fashion trends or the influence of other culinary cultures.
Features of Korean cuisine
Traditions of the national Korean cuisine are practically not subject to foreign influences or fashion trends, its foundations were laid during the reign of the Joseon dynasty (XIV-XX centuries). And although the court cooking was far from simple national cuisine, it was she who formed the national traditions of cooking and serving.
Many dishes of the court cuisine eventually became part of the diet of modern Koreans.Among them are kuksu (noodles made from wheat or buckwheat flour), various mandu (steamed pies), chchim (boiled beef or fish with various vegetables), and others.
Regionality plays a significant role in Korean national cuisine. Due to the poor development of transport, the eight provinces that existed already in the Joseon Dynasty retained their characteristic culinary techniques and food raw materials.
With the development of transport networks, these differences began to soften, but the provinces consciously retain their traditional dishes today.
Some examples of typical national regional cuisine:
- Pyongando Province (North Korea) is characterized by cereal dishes, often fatty and bland.
Regional dishes – tveji kokchon (pork pancakes), kkotke chchim (steamed crab), oi tojangguk (soup with cucumbers and soy paste), nepothan (pork giblets stewed with kimhchi). They also make tteok pies with pine bark flour or a filling of pine seeds fried in sesame oil.
- Gangwon Province (central region of Korea) is characterized by corn, potatoes and seaweed .
Regional dishes – kanenengi pap (rice with steamed corn), kanenengi pombok (crushed corn cooked with grain) and kamja onsimi (soup with potato dumplings).
- Jeolla Province (South Korea) Typical rice dishes, fish and a variety of seafood .
Regional dishes – samhap (a dish made of pork, hwe and kamchi), chal chongpen (glutinous rice pancakes), honyohwe chkhomuchim (skat stewed in a hot sour sauce).
The climate, different tillage methods and geography of the regions are the reason for such significant differences in the culinary traditions of the provinces.
Korean sauces and condiments
Korean sauces and condiments are a must in the cooking of the Country of Morning Freshness. The main one is red hot pepper. It is a must-have ingredient in almost all Korean dishes. Ground black pepper is no less in demand, which is also used to season any food.Hot dishes are complemented by the spice kochu dirim. It is pepper oil.
National dishes of the country cannot do without garlic. This vegetable is needed to make the dish more spicy. A similar role is played by ginger, which is usually pre-ground. Many dishes contain sesame oil, which is commonly used in salads and snacks.
And one of the most popular spices is “Lotus” (also called “Rui Xin”). It is an oriental spice with a tangy taste and rich aroma.It is prepared from rice, wheat and salt, and it is suitable for any dish.
Among other spices and herbs used in Korean food:
- star anise;
- citric acid;
- soy sauce;
- white pepper.
Among the sauces, kimchi is distinguished, consisting of daikon (Japanese radish), apples, chili peppers, ginger, mustard, soy paste, garlic.Used as a marinade, dressing for dishes.
Bulgogi sauce is also popular, which is used for dressing bulgogi dishes and for barbecue. Soy sauce, pear, apple, garlic, onion, pepper, rosemary, soybeans are suitable for meat and baked vegetables.
Guchujiang soybean paste with pepper flavor is very popular. An additive is being prepared for dishes made from glutinous rice, fermented soybeans, barley, sugar, pumpkin, wheat, ziziphus, potatoes, honey. The dish goes well with soups.
Fish sauce in Korea is called Muilchi ecjot. It is made with fermented shellfish (often anchovies) and salt. It is used in soups and sauces.
Korean traditional salads and snacks
Salads and snacks are called panchang. These Korean dishes are served in small bowls as a complement to the main course and regular rice. The number of appetizers on the table of Koreans corresponds to the reason for the feast – the more weighty it is, the more panchang will be served.Photos of Korean food snacks are always colorful and bright – they are the adornment of culinary magazines.
Interesting! Korean carrots are not cooked in Korea – they appeared as a result of the adaptation of the national culinary traditions of Korea to the Russian food market. a
Some of the most common snacks in South Korean cuisine:
- Kimchi – pickled vegetables thickly seasoned with red hot pepper in clear or colored brine: Chinese cabbage, cucumbers, daikon, green onions, young mustard leaves.
- Namul – a spicy appetizer made from pickled or blanched vegetables with sesame oil, vinegar, red pepper and soy sauce seasoning. The appetizer uses soy sprouts, spinach, daikon, fern sprouts, mung bean and sweet potato, seaweed leaves, shepherd’s purse, sedum and others.
- Pokkim – Lightly fried foods in a sauce. For this type of snack, use dried squid shavings, pork, or kimchi.
- Chorim – an appetizer prepared by long boiling in broth.For example, beef curd boiled in liquid soy sauce with sesame oil, onions and garlic, or beef boiled in soy sauce with a lot of spices.
- Chim is a long stewed snack in pots. This is how beef ribs, chicken, fish, eggplant and seafood marinated in soy sauce are prepared.
- Chong – Korean version of pancakes or fritters. It is prepared both simply from dough and with the addition of various vegetables – green onions, kimchi, potatoes.There are variants of chong with fish, meat and bean curd.
Panchang bowls are displayed around the table and added during the meal. The composition of salads and appetizers on the table in different regions of Korea can vary greatly due to different natural conditions.
At home, each housewife makes the famous Korean dish kimchi in her own way – she will not be able to taste the same kimchi in different regions.
Interesting! Korean kimchi is one of the five healthiest foods in the world.It has been proven that lactic acid bacteria formed during fermentation improve digestion, increase immunity, prevent the onset of cancer and help cleanse the intestines.
Korean first and second courses
Korean first and second courses are a huge variety of healthy and tasty dishes. Soups are the property of Korea. Every Korean is convinced that a cook should not only be able to cook, but also be a real doctor. Soups have a beneficial effect on the body due to the significant amount of spices, and they also contain a lot of beneficial bacteria, microorganisms and fiber.The basis of Asian, including Korean cuisine is separate meals. It assumes the absence of incompatible products in the composition of the dishes.
The cook can stand right next to the guest during the last meal. He will await praise for the creation he has created. And not to thank, extolling the culinary skills of the cook, is simply indecent.
Both the first and second courses are a home-made harmonious combination of fish, meat, seafood, cereals, vegetables and unique spices.But at the same time, Korean food is not divided into everyday and festive food. It is extremely simple, rich in soy products, wild and home garden crops, nut and vegetable oils. Fermented vegetables play a special role, and Koreans also pay attention to soy sauce, kochudian paste and kimchi, adding them to almost all dishes.
This is interesting! All Korean dishes contain hot peppers. Translated from Korean into Russian, the words “spicy” and “tasty” are synonyms.
Among the soups it is worth highlighting the following main varieties:
- Kuksi (also called “kuksu”). It is a national soup served both hot and cold. It can be dietary or meat-based, very or moderately spicy. There are many variations of this kind of food in Korea. Each housewife has her own recipe for this soup. That is why you can go on a gastronomic journey enjoying the regional cooking of kuksi. The soup itself can be simple (up to 3-4 salads are served with it) or festive (up to 12 salads are served).A dish is prepared from rice, soy sauce, cabbage, onions, tomatoes, garlic, eggs, meat, chili sauce, garlic, cucumber and spices.
- Kimchi guk (more commonly referred to simply as “kimchi”). This soup can be described as an all-in-one meal served with rice. The human body will receive useful components from fermented proteins of meat and tofu. The soup perfectly satisfies hunger, pleases with nutritional value, and it is served warm. A dish is prepared from kimchi cabbage (sauerkraut), pork (preferably brisket or shoulder), spicy pasta, flavored with pepper, sugar, green onions and tofu.This soup is prepared differently in South Korean and North Korean cuisines.
- Thick tomato soup. The dish is usually cooked in beef or pork broth with the addition of a small amount of meat, onions, tomato juice, cabbage and water. The result is a nutritious and satisfying meal.
- Radish soup. This is a very light first course with radish, seaweed, green onions, garlic, soy sauce and water.
- Potato and fish. It contains potatoes, fish, soy sauce, green onions, spices and some salted sesame seeds.Sprinkle the food with herbs and sesame seeds before serving. The soup tastes like the usual ear, but it is more rich.
- Thochankuk. This is a soup that includes pork, zucchini, potatoes, onions, carrots, garlic, mushrooms, tofu, soy paste and spices. A meal is prepared on a thick meat broth with the addition of vegetable and sesame oil, spices are added to the soup before serving.
- Seafood soup. It includes scallop, mussels, oysters and shrimps.This is a hearty and mouth-watering dish. Surprisingly, Koreans often add cilantro, zucchini and eggplant to it.
- Pork or beef sapso. The dish contains meat (respectively, or pork, or beef), cabbage, green onions, flour, sugar, garlic and spices. The dish turns out to be very rich and aromatic, usually it is very thick.
This is not a complete list of Korean soups. Their common feature is meat and sauerkraut in the composition (usually cabbage), an abundance of spices that give a pungent taste.
How to arrange serving dishes? It is always standard. The main course, a plate of rice and numerous appetizers are displayed on the table.
Bibimbap is the “king” of the main course. This colorful dish is a complex lunch, because it contains boiled rice (preferably long-grain), mixed vegetables, shiitaki mushrooms (they are pre-soaked for 30-40 minutes in cold water), scrambled eggs and pieces of meat. All components of the dish are laid out in segments on a common plate, and then baked in the oven and sprinkled with sesame seeds before serving.
Another interesting national dish is chapche. It is a stew, which is often called royal, since it is served exclusively on the festive table. Every housewife in Korea knows how to cook such a dish. As part of the dish, beef is cut into strips, salted, pepper, seasoned with soy sauce, chopped garlic, chopped shiitake mushrooms are added. After that, the workpiece is sent to marinate and the mushrooms, bell peppers and carrots are cut into strips.Vegetables are fried, “glass” or “ramen” noodles are boiled, seasoned with sesame oil, soy sauce and sugar. Then the beef is fried and all the dishes are mixed. It turns out a delicious and satisfying stew, which is served warm.
Pulkogi is a unique dish. It is also called “fiery meat”. The dish contains beef, which Koreans love very much. A special feature of the dish is a special marinade made from balsamic, soy sauce, plum juice, sweet sauce, rice vinegar, honey, garlic and ginger.Sometimes sesame seeds are included in the composition. Beef is left in the resulting marinade for 2-3 hours, and then the meat is cut into strips and fried without oil in a pan or grill. The food is served, seasoned with carrot or onion strips. It is often served with rice noodles or brown rice.
Koreans have such a concept as “yesterday’s rice”. This is ordinary rice that was cooked yesterday. It is taken out of the refrigerator, fried in a wok, the ingredients are added and a delicious meal is obtained. On its basis, a dish is prepared kimchi pokkyum pub.To do this, fry yesterday’s rice, add kimchi, fry a little more. Then it is poured into a plate, the egg is fried separately, laid on top and served on the table. Most often, this is what a Korean breakfast looks like.
Tokpokki (pictured) – an unusual dish of dumplings, cabbage, pork, numerous spices, bell peppers, carrots and meat broth. It turns out a rich dish that resembles a cross between a stew and a thick soup.
From meat, Koreans initially consumed only chicken and pork.They eat these dishes everywhere and in any form. A little later, beef appeared, which was immediately included in many traditional dishes. A duck “came” from China, which also attracted practical Koreans. Earlier in Korea, meat was cut into thin slices to make it appear larger. But recently, the European tradition of grilling meat delicacies in a whole piece, for example, like a steak, has taken root. Meat makes the menu of Korean cuisine more varied, and the opinion of tourists says that now this product is cooked more exquisitely in Korea.
Koreans hold sea fish and seafood in high esteem. They are very fond of mackerel and tuna. A boiled salmon head is considered a delicacy. Her household dismantled to the smallest bones. Koreans kore-saram cook river fish due to the fact that in the area where they live, there are only rivers, but they have learned how to make meals hearty and appetizing. Common dishes are dried shrimp, anchovy sauce, squid.
This is interesting! Koreans are very fond of street food, but they complement the usual Western types of fast food (hamburgers, burgers) with their kimchi.Koreans are very fond of kimpabs, which resemble rolls, but in reality it is rice with a filling wrapped in nori (it is often vegetable). There are also eateries in Korea, where they often offer noodles with different fillings.
But in general, meals are taken very seriously, homemade food is an obligatory ritual. In Korea, they are sure that a good housewife should be able to cook at least thirty types of kimchi, and her mother-in-law should teach her this art. It is worth knowing that there is food etiquette in the country.It is followed to this day for sure. So, first the older one starts the meal. And after that, other household members can start eating. But as soon as the eldest member of the family is fed up, everyone else should also stop. Sometimes from the outside it looks very funny when young people are desperately pounding their plates with chopsticks, trying to have time to eat.
On the shopping streets and markets there are stalls with “street food” – something that is inexpensive and can be eaten immediately on the spot.The selection of such snacks is quite large and the popularity is constantly growing.
Some examples of “street food”:
- gimpab – rice wrapped in seaweed with egg, spinach, bacon and radish, seasoned with sesame oil;
- Tokpokki – Rice cakes with hot red pepper sauce;
- omuk or oden – kebabs from cooked in spices and dried fish;
- jeong – pancakes with fried vegetables, kimchi or seafood;
- sundae – Korean national sausage, pork intestine casing stuffed with a mixture of bean curd, starch noodles and vegetables, served with spicy seasoning or pasta;
- thwigim – food fried in oil: squid, bata, dried crabs, vegetables, eaten with soy sauce;
- kkochhi – small kebabs made from chicken, sausages or other products marinated in a spicy sauce;
- Jwipo – Dried squid roasted on the rocks.
In addition to the above, street shops offer hot soups in the cold season, and cold fruit ice in summer.
Interesting! One of Korea’s weirdest but popular street snacks are pontegs, boiled silkworm larvae.
Korean fried zucchini
Another tasty and simple Korean dish is fried zucchini. It is not at all difficult to prepare, and the aroma and pungent taste will not disappoint you if you are a fan of Korean dishes.
- soy sauce;
- sesame oil;
- chili pepper;
- rice vinegar;
- green onions;
- ground black pepper;
- vegetable oil.
Put chopped green onions and chili peppers in a bowl, pour vegetables with rice vinegar, soy sauce and sesame oil. Add the fried sesame seeds and mix everything thoroughly.
Cut the courgettes into slices. Roll each round in a mixture of flour, salt and black pepper. Fry the zucchini on both sides in heated vegetable oil for literally 2 minutes.
In the final, you can either serve zucchini separately and eat, dipping each circle in a bowl of sauce. Or put the circles on a dish and pour over the sauce right away. As you can see, very fast and, believe me, incredibly tasty.
There are many soups in the national Korean cuisine and most of them are spicy.This also affected the serving characteristics. Although eaten with metal (bamboo problems) chopsticks in Korea, a spoon is served for soups. Soups in Korean national cuisine have two names – kuk and thang.
Despite the fact that both words are used as the name of the first dish, there is a difference between them:
- kuk is a Korean word, it means liquid and almost all vegetable soups in Korean home cooking;
- Than is a Chinese word for thicker than the cook soups that are served in restaurants.
Cook soups are conventionally divided into several groups:
- with a transparent broth of fish, seafood, meat or vegetables with the addition of spices;
- with milky white broth, for its preparation, ribs, tails or other parts of meat carcasses are boiled for a long time;
- with broth from the water after washing the rice, in which the hot seasoning prepared from soybean pressing is dissolved;
- Cold vegetable soups, which are prepared mainly in summer.
Soups are served in portioned cups (with rare exceptions) and always accompanied by a bowl of rice.In a bowl of soup, put rice in the desired amount and eat the soup with a spoon.
Recipes and step-by-step photos for making interesting Korean recipes are often featured in culinary publications.
Interesting! In Korean cooking, there is an analogue of the Japanese soup made from poisonous fugu fish – it is called bokjili. And, unlike Japan, a Korean chef doesn’t need a certificate to cook it.
Despite the presence of the sea, Koreans gravitate more towards meat, and there are much more meat recipes in Korean cuisine than fish ones.Already in the most ancient Chinese chronicles, bulgogi is mentioned – a dish of thinly chopped beef in a spicy sauce.
After the Mongol raids, Korean cuisine was enriched with mantu (Korean dumplings), and Confucianism instilled a love of raw meat and fish.
A few examples of meat and fish dishes:
- pulgogi – stripped strips of beef marinated in the original sauce;
- calbichim – stew with pork or beef ribs;
- mantu – a kind of Korean dumplings;
- hemul chongol – seafood hodgepodge;
- hamul pachjong – pancake stuffed with omelet, octopuses, shrimps and onions;
- hwe (he) – a dish of raw fish in a marinade.
It is not difficult to cook such a delicious and unusual Korean dish like khve at home – the recipes are often accompanied by step-by-step photos and videos.
In Korea, in addition to the usual meat and poultry, they eat dog meat. In Korean cuisine, dog dishes are considered not only delicious, but also provide strength and health, according to Koreans. If various strange and sometimes frankly vile national dishes do not cause protest, then eating dog meat is ethically unacceptable for Europeans.Currently, the government is developing bills that do not prohibit, but restrict the use of such meat. Such half-measures are not well received by animal rights advocates.
With all the variety of meat and fish dishes, they are distinguished by their low calorie content – there are no fatty recipes among them. If among the recipes there is a high-calorie dish, then it is eaten with a sauce of such pungency that it is impossible to eat much.
Desserts and Sweet Foods
Korean recipes for sweet foods called hangwa are limited to a few foods: flour, grains, nuts, sugar, honey, edible flowers and roots.
Here are some of the most popular hangwa from the Korean cuisine menu:
- hottok – a kind of rice flour pancakes stuffed with nuts and hot syrup;
- current – colorful glutinous rice cakes with fruits or nuts – made for weddings and birthdays;
- buno ppan – original goldfish-shaped biscuits filled with sweet red bean paste.
Sweet food must be included in the holiday menu.Many of them not only have a unique taste, but also outwardly look so attractive that they are brought as souvenirs from Korea.
Recipes, Holidays and Cuisine
The second most important dish in this country is recognized to be dokkuk. It is a soup with dough dumplings. Dokkuk is served on the great Seollal festival, which can be described as the Lunar New Year.
In ancient times, Seollal was the birthday of every Korean.Then there was a belief that if you did not eat a plate of tokkuk, then you would not become a year older.
Cold soup kuksi can be called an everyday dish for any inhabitant of the country. It includes noodles and scrambled eggs, broth, meat and vegetables. Kuksi is served in all Korean restaurants without exception.
What you really need to try
Getting acquainted with the cuisine of Korea, it should be borne in mind that almost any dish will be either spicy or very spicy, and the main ingredient of almost all meals is rice.It is found in one form or another in almost all dishes, and it must be served in separate bowls.
To make it easier to navigate – a small tip on Korean cuisine for beginner gourmets:
- From snacks – kimchi (fermented Chinese cabbage), gimpab (rolls that served as the prototype of modern rolls), pachjong (flatbread with seafood ).
- From soups – kalbithan (soup made from beef bones, rice noodles and vegetables), miekkuk (soup made from beef and kelp).
- Meat dishes – pulkogi (pieces of beef stewed in marinade), cho-kogi pogym (meat stew with mushrooms), sunda (pork blood sausage with rice or starch noodles).
- Fish and seafood 90 130 – hwe (raw marinated fish), senseong-jongsik (fried fish), ojino toppab (squid with rice).
- Sweets – Hwajeong (rice cake stuffed with azalea flowers), Gangjeong (square rice candies doused with honey and fried in oil), hoenson (steamed bun stuffed with sweet red beans) and ice cream in a curved corn cone.
Korean cuisine has many interesting qualities, but the main one is balance. An abundance of greens, fresh vegetables and fruits, soy, seafood, meat in small quantities, the right combination of products makes Korean cuisine not only tasty, but also healthy.
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Funchoza with shrimps
Another mega-popular dish is funchoza. This dish can hardly be called Korean. It is international, as it is widespread on the menu of all Asian countries.
By itself, these mung bean starch noodles are tasteless. But it is worth filling it with various flavors, and you cannot be pulled by the ears from a cup of funchose. Various variations of these noodles with seafood, vegetables and mushrooms, flavored with spices give a rich palette of flavors that you will never forget.One of the classic cooking options is shrimp funchose.
- boiled shrimp;
- red bell pepper;
- green onions;
- soy sauce;
- sesame oil;
- vegetable oil.
The cooking process is very simple. Funchoza, previously soaked in cold water for 10 minutes, is boiled for 4 minutes.Then it must be rinsed with cold water.
Separately in vegetable oil in a frying pan, lightly, literally 2-3 minutes, fry red bell peppers and onions, chopped into strips. Add the shrimp peeled from the shell to the vegetables and fry everything together for another 1 minute.
Next, squeeze the garlic into our shrimp-vegetable mixture, add soy sauce and sesame oil. Put the noodles in the pan, mix all the ingredients and heat for another minute.
When serving, sprinkle generously with sesame seeds, green onions and cilantro.
And voila! You can enjoy the flavors of Asia at home.
The best dishes of Sakhalin
Sakhalin cuisine is unique. It combines Russian, Soviet, Korean, Chinese and Japanese gastronomic traditions. At the same time, even the usual dishes are prepared differently here due to the specifics of the local nature and the set of products.
So, Koreans who arrived on the island during the Japanese mobilization were at first upset that their favorite cabbage kim-cha (or Peking cabbage) did not grow on Sakhalin.Therefore, they began to pickle other plants in a similar way.
This is how “Korean carrots” appeared, previously unknown in Korea itself, young shoots of fern in a spicy marinade and pickled burdock .
Korean cuisine is extremely popular on Sakhalin. And the locals claim that it was on the island that the recipe for the famous pie pian-se (steamed bun with a spicy filling of meat and cabbage) was invented.
One of the most interesting Sakhalin dishes is fern.
Locals especially appreciate three types: “bracken”, “osmund” and “ostrich feather”. Collect and harvest this plant in the spring. It is prepared like this: a young, dried or salted fern is soaked for at least a day. After it is boiled or fried, and then stewed with onions, peppers, soy sauce and vegetable oil. Finally, add garlic and sesame seeds. The dish is served chilled to the table.
Burdock is prepared in about the same way.
Burdock is one of the hallmarks of modern Sakhalin cuisine.
“ I have not seen such huge burdocks like here in Russia … at night in the moonlight they seem fantastic “, – recalled the Russian writer Anton Chekhov, who was on Sakhalin in 1890.
Chefs make real culinary masterpieces by adding this plant to dishes. Burdock is soaked in water, then boiled and stewed with onions and spices.It can be used as a stand-alone dish or as a side dish.
Sakhalin cuisine cannot be imagined without fish and seafood.
Locals joke that the main dish of the island is “Sakhalin-style sandwich” or a piece of bread generously covered with red caviar.
At the Sakhalin table you can taste crabs, shrimps, oysters, scallops.
You can especially highlight the fish smelt .
Fresh, it smells like cucumber.
Dried Smelt is a great beer snack with .
* By the way, beer is brewed in many cities of Sakhalin .
At the same time, beer and Japanese producers can be tasted on the island.
In the north of Sakhalin, cuisine is also diverse.
The diet of local residents includes venison, dried and frozen fish, plant roots, wild garlic, nuts, mushrooms, various flowers, which are harvested in summer.Here you can taste quite unusual dishes – for example, seal meat, bear meat. You can also enjoy delicious northern berries such as blueberries and shiksha.
South Korean cuisine, national dishes of South Korea
The cuisine of the Republic of Korea is not at all like the cuisine of its neighbors – China and Japan. They are united only by the abundance of vegetables, fish and spicy dishes.
The basis of Korean cuisine is rice , prepared in all possible ways.Rice is the main meal, and all other dishes are considered only an addition to it. The most popular rice dishes are “dad” – pressed rice porridge; tteok or chkhaltok – rice chops; “bibimbap” – pilaf; “kimpap” – sandwich made from omelet, vegetables and rice; and also just rice with scrambled eggs, cold vegetables and many other additives .
A wide variety of snacks – panchang – are served with rice to add extra flavor.Snack plates are usually placed around the main bowl of rice. As for the appetizers, you should definitely try the numerous pickled vegetables ; “kimchi” – A spicy dish made from vegetables such as radish or sauerkraut; “tubu” – soybean curd; “Tothorimuk” – acorn jelly; “gamjachjong” – potato cakes; as well as many other dishes.
Soups are no less important in Korean cuisine. Among them:
- “Kalbi Than” – ribs in beef broth;
- Sundubu chige – soy soup with shellfish and egg yolk;
- “twenjan chige” – thick soup with fermented soybean paste;
- “khemul than” – spicy seafood soup;
- “meunthan” – also spicy fish soup;
- “cook” – soup that is usually served with boiled rice;
- Khonnamulguk – soup with sprouted soybeans;
- Luotal – meat and rice soup;
South Korean cuisine is almost impossible to imagine without sea fish and other seafood. Almost everything is used in the dishes, including squid, seaweed, seashells, crabs, sea cucumbers and more.
Special attention should be paid to the following dishes:
- “khve” – a dish of very finely chopped raw fish;
- Sansong Gooie – Fried fish;
- “hemul chongol” – seafood hodgepodge;
- “chhuotan” – loach fish soup;
- “oktomkui” – fried sea carp;
- “Phajon” – Seafood and onion flatbread;
- seaweed salads ;
- ojino and nakji – squid and octopus dishes;
- “chonbokchuk” – ear porridge;
- clams in citrus sauce 90 130.
The meat is mainly pork or beef. Favorite dishes of Koreans are “bulgogi” – kebabs and “kalbi” – fried pork or beef ribs. Dishes such as “kalbichim” – stew with beef and pork ribs are quite common; “takkalbi” – chicken stew with rice, potatoes and seaweed; Mandu – dumplings; omelets with various fillings, marinated meat and some exotic dishes.
Desserts in Korean cuisine are fruits, usually candied or served as cocktails and fruit salads. The favorite delicacy of South Koreans is “khodukwacja” – a cookie shaped like a walnut.
Of the soft drinks , herbal tinctures are popular , which Koreans call tea ( cha ). Recently, coffee began to be imported into the country, which began to be used everywhere.
Of the alcoholic drinks , the traditional Korean rice wine nonju or makkori and the vodka-like rice liqueur soju are used.Grape wines are almost uncommon. Koreans prefer stronger drinks, mostly imported. Local beer is also made from rice and has a very specific taste, but you can always buy the usual foreign beer in stores.
Korean cuisine cafe
Today, there are a large number of Korean cuisine cafes in Moscow, which offer their visitors authentic dishes prepared by chefs from the DPRK and South Korea. Korean cuisine is popular in Russia, it is distinguished by democracy, ease of preparation, the use of ordinary products and a sharp unforgettable taste.
Most of the food service establishments specializing in Korean dishes operate in the form of fast food restaurants or cafes, but this does not make their menu simple and limited to a small selection of snacks.
Muscovites and residents of the capital can taste various Korean food in the cafe:
· soups on meat, chicken, chicken, fish or vegetable broth;
-Korean noodles with various toppings;
· pickled hot kimchi vegetables;
– spicy salads;
· cold and hot snacks;
– original drinks;
Korean Cuisine Cafes offer their visitors a simple environment that allows them to fully immerse themselves in the world of Southeast Asia and incredibly tasty, hearty and healthy Korean cuisine.
The best Korean cafes in Moscow
Moscow Korean cafes and fast food restaurants are democratic catering establishments that are regularly visited by a large number of customers. Not only representatives of the Korean diaspora and lovers of spicy Asian cuisine come here, but also those who have never tasted real Korean food.
The menus of Korean cafes are varied in composition. They offer a large selection of first and main courses, spicy salads of meat and vegetables, snacks, noodles in various versions, snacks, desserts and national drinks with desserts.
The amazing world of Korean cuisine resembles a noisy and diverse oriental bazaar. The whole philosophy of Korean cuisine is based on street food, which is easy to prepare and healthy at the same time.