떡볶이 (tteokbokki) : spicy rice cakes
떡볶이 is the most popular street food, so it’s found everywhere in Korea. It’s the rice cake in the spicy red pepper sauce, which is called 고추장 (gochujang). The rice cakes 떡 (tteok) are boiled, coated in 고추장 and seasoned with sugar. In most cases, you are served with some slices of fish cakes (어묵 eomuk). If you like spicy food, you should try it! Don’t worry! It often looks much spicier than they really are.
어묵 (eomuk) : fish cakes
어묵 is seasoned fish paste, put on long skewers and kept hot in delicious broth. It’s the best street food for a quick bite when feeling hungry because it’s filling and cheap. If you spend any time in Korea, you will come across Korean people who are standing right next to the cart and eating 어묵 in the street. Do not hesitate! Just walk right up to the food stand, eat 어묵, drink a cup of hot broth, and count up the sticks to pay for them.