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Korean Winter Street Foods

Korea is proud of its food, but it REALLY proud of its street food.
There are different foods depending on the season, and I have to say that winter is the best.

Here's a list of foods you MUST TRY if you get the chance:

군고구마

(kun go-gu-ma)
군 means "roasted" and 고구마 is Korean sweet potato. The potato is roasted in a huge barrel oven, then handed to you with the skin still on. It's your job to peel it and eat the sweet goodness inside. You can buy an entire bag if you want!

호떡

(ho-ddeok)
호떡 is sort of a pancake/donut combination. It is fried dough filled with cinnamon, sugar, and occasionally nuts. It is flattened into a pancake shape and handed to you in a tiny paper cup. Be careful with the first bite because the inside are often boiling hot! (There are also vegetable versions but the dessert version is much better in my opinion!)

군밤

(kun bam)
We just learned that 군 means roasted and now we learn another word: 밤 means chestnut! Just like in New York where there are roasted nut stands everywhere around Christmas time, the cold weather brings out the roasted chestnut vendors.

계란빵

(kye-ran bbang)
계란 means egg while 빵 means bread so voila! Egg bread! The bread part is similar to corn bread, but a little less corn-y and the egg is steamed on top to make a really, really delicious combo. It's my favorite street food after 군고구마 :D

호두과자

(ho-du kwa-ja)
The small of this is unnnnbelievable! 호두 means walnut and 과자 means cookie or snack. Therefore 호두과자 is a walnut cookie! They are shaped like walnuts and filled with sweet red bean. You can buy these by the bag full too!

회오리감자

(hwae-o-ri kam-ja)
LOOK AT THESE THINGS! They are called 회오리감자 because 회오리 means tornado and 감자 means potato. Behold the potato tornado! I have NO idea how you eat these :)

Have you guys tried any of these? Which are your favorite?

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This is why I love youtube and the internet. Just look up recipes, go to your local Korean grocery and buy the ingredients, go home and cook it. So far my cooking is fairly sinilar to some of the food I have had in Korean restaurants. Except my seafood pancake. Don't get me wrong, mine wasn't to bad, but the one we had in the restaurant was amazing. Now my kimchi pancake...yeah...it was the bomb. Soooo good my picky daughter wanted seconds. That was another one of the things I thouht...Uh, I don't know, but again curiosity got the better of me. I like.
I've had them all (sometimes all in the same day) and miss it... I really want them now
WHY DO I LIVE IN USA A COUNTRY WITH NO DAMN GOOD FOOD!!!
I'm live about 10 minutes away from the Texas Mexican border and I see hwae-o-ri kam-ja being sold every where. I'm not sure if this was something that was appropriated into Mexican culture or just a coincidence but people love these down here. People usually top them with ketchup, various salsas, salt, pepper, or mayonaise.
I've wanted to try the 계란빵 (egg bread) and the roasted chestnuts since I first saw them on The Return of Superman. I plan on making the egg bread myself soon. All these look so yummy. I have tried the 회오리감자 (hwae-o-ri kam-ja) at the Korean festival here in Koreatown. I am lucky to live within walking distance of Koreatown and Korean markets.
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