When you are living in a foreign country, getting used to or even enjoying local street foods tells you a lot about how much you have tried to experience the local culture! If you haven’t checked off all on the list, get a group of friends this weekend and go for a street food hunt! If you can bring your Korean friend for this feast trip, that’s even better. Because all food on this least have very soft spot for Koreans with nostalgic and fun memories!
No. 1 MUK (Korean jelly)
When the appetite increases in springtime, Koreans eat this jelly with soy sauce.
You can find a store at a traditional market, called sijang in Korean, that sells muk. Some stores sell it with sauce, other don’t. Two most popular muk types are acorn jelly(brown) and mung bean jelly(white).
■ Where to find: Muk restaurants, traditional market(sijang), restaurants near mountains
No. 2 DALGONA or Ppopgi (Sugar Candy)
Dalgona is a nostalgic snack that every generation knows in Korea. The simple recipe of melted sugar and a pinch of baking soda makes a great snack. You can even try it home. Google dalgona!
■ Where to find: Kim GwangSeok st., vendors at parks, vendors at a family-friendly festival, stores around elementary schools
No. 3 Dokkaebi Corn Dog (Corn Dog with French Fries)
This funny looking corn dog is decorated with French fries around it. It’s called “dokkaebi” since it resembles the weapon that Korean monster “dokkabi” carries. Crispy fries, puffy flour and salty sausage is what you need to solve your spring appetite!
■ Where to find: sijang, Myeongrang Hotdog(a corn dog chain), stores near schools
*Myeongrang Hotdog - Dongseongro
#1 Address: 386, Jungang-daero, Jung-gu, Daegu, Korea
#2 Address: 39, Dongseong-ro 3-gil, Jung-gu, Daegu, Korea
*There are more branches throughout Daegu.
No. 5 KOREAN WAFFLE
By Korean waffle, we are talking about the one that you can choose your sauce from a variety of options: cream cheese, apple/grape/strawberry/kiwi/mango jam, apple&peanut or even ice cream! You need to make more than one visit until you are happy to try a couple. What’s more, it only cost 2,500 – 3,500won per waffle.
■ Where to find: Waffleria, waffle stores around Daegu especially the ones around schools
* Waffleria Address: 7, Dongseong-ro 5-gil, Jung-gu, Daegu, Korea
No. 6 FLAT DUMPLING
Flat dumplings! Your fellow expat friends might not know about this delightful delicacy. It is authentic Daegu delicacy. It is one of the most popular street foods along with ddukbboki(it’s great with ddukbboki sauce!)
■ Where to find: Bunsik stores at a sijang, vendors at Seomun Market, Gyodong sijang, Miseongdang, almost all bunsik stores around Daegu
* Miseongdang Address: 75-1, Namsan-ro, Jung-gu, Daegu, Korea