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.
순대 (sundae) : blood sausages
순대 is the blood sausage containing pig intestines stuffed with cellophane noodles, barley and pork blood. If you want, a few slices of liver (간 gan) or innards (내장 naejang) are also served. It’s steamed and slightly seasoned with salt. Maybe 순대 is not for everyone, but if you’re feeling adventurous, give it a try!
튀김 (twigim) : fried snacks
You’ll see the street vendors are also frying up a variety of vegetables and fish at the food stands selling 떡볶이, 순대, and 어묵. The deep-fried crunchy snacks are called 튀김 in Korean. They're usually served with soy sauce. You can find everything from sweet potatoes, peppers, shrimp to squid fried in light and crispy batter.
호떡 (ho-tteok) : filled pancakes
호떡 is the flour dough pancake filled with sweet syrup made from brown sugar and cinnamon. I’m sure 호떡 should be your favorite treat among the street foods if you love sweet snacks. It’s served straight out of the oil and folded in a paper cup. Be careful not to burn your tongue when the hot fillings are coming out.