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Kimbap looks like a sushi roll. It contains steamed rice, strips of spinach, carrots, pickled radish, egg, and spam, and is rolled into dried seaweed. My favorite one is the tuna kimbap. These are normally 1000 won, so under a dollar, but the tuna is usually 2500 won.

Another one is a street food that is popular among the kids is boong-uh bbang. They are fish-shaped treats. The batter and filling is poured into a fish mold, which works sort of like a waffle iron. The most popular “fish” is one filled with red bean paste. Red bean paste tastes exactly like it sounds – not very sweet, although the koreans love it. So instead I get the less popular flavor, which tastes like a warm vanilla custard. It is a nice snack to grab while on break at work 🙂

Another street food I thoroughly enjoy is Ddeokbokki. It is rice noodles, fish paste slices (not as gross as it sounds), and a spicy sauce.

I should have mentioned this one first, since it is served with each and every meal – Kimchi. It is definitely an acquired taste. I didn’t like it at all when I first got here, but I have gotten used to it. It is cold, fermented cabbage in a spicy sauce. It is very difficult to do breakfast worksheets with the kids, since when you ask them what they eat for breakfast, they tell you “kimchi and rice!” I like putting it in my soup at school. This makes me “very korean” as my coworkers point out.

Dak galbi is a stir fried spicy chicken dish. In a big pan, they mix chicken, chili paste sauce, cabbage, sweet potato, onions, and rice noodles. It is cooked in front of you. It is a very spicy dish. If you go to a good place, there are a lot of veggies, otherwise it’s a lot of questionable pieces of chicken (picture a lot of skin) and mostly cabbage.



  1. Oh my gosh I am officially salivating……those fish shaped treats (I’d opt for the custard filling as well!)look AMAZINGGGGG……I think I would love all of the above (altho, I’d skip the spam in favor of tuna on the first one)….I have been known to mix cold cole slaw with rice so maybe I have some Korean tendencies already……holy cow, veggie heaven!!!!

  2. Those custard treats do look so good! I wouldn’t be able to handle the spam (purely principle) but I would man up for the fish paste (just dont tell me that as I’m eating it).. that other stuff looks real delish tho!

  3. Oh Anna…I can’t wait for you to teach me how to speak Korean. You should include phonetic pronunciations. I don’t even know how you spell these things, they are so counter-intuitive

    I’ll eat some fresh, wild-caught, antibiotic-free and nitrate-free salmon and have a fine microbrew in your honor.

    Are you moving to Poland?

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