Korean street food is a cultural icon around the world with their eye-catching snacks. From savory to sweet, these popular recipes will help you create delicious Korean street food easily at home reminiscing the flavor from the Korean street food vendors.

Korean street food recipes collection

Korean street food has brought to the world a trendy sensation recently along with other Korean cultural influences; k-pop, k-drama, k-movie, k-beauty, and k-fashion.

How Korean street food began

Street food is an important part of Korean people’s life. It started during the Korean war in the 50s, to provide affordable meals to people in a lower standard. Back then, the menus had limited options. People commonly saw dishes such as tteokbokki (spicy rice cakes), twisted donut, and hotteok.

However, over the time the popularity of street food has extended to all classes of Koreans regardless of their economical status. The number of street venders have increased and even retail outlets specializing the street food had emerged–Korean corn dog and Korean street toast as an example.

These days, street food has become an important part of Korean food culture. You can find popular Korean street foods not only on the major streets in the cities, many markets, school districts, and town events will host street food fairs and festivals in all parts of south Korea around the year.

It’s entertaining to watch street food vendor’s hands moving very fast making their signature dish right in front of their customers. New menus are constantly being developed and draw attention from people to try out.

Here are 18+ popular Korean street food recipes that you already have tried before when you visited Korea, or never had but intriguing you to try out.

All of these street food recipes are easy to recreate at home and will bring the nostalgia of Korean experience you had or want to have.

Popular Korean Street Food Recipes

Hotteok with sweet cinnamon sugar syrup inside.
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Easy Hotteok (Korean Sweet Pancake)

Hotteok is a pan-fried Korean sweet pancake filled with gooey cinnamon and brown sugar syrup. It's a beloved Korean street food sweet. This easy recipe using a few basic ingredients brings you the classic taste.
Spicy Korean rice cakes (tteokbokki) is made with gochujang and served on a platter with toothpicks.
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Classic Tteokbokki: 20-Minute Korean Spicy Rice Cakes

Make classic Tteokbokki in 20 minutes with this easy Korean spicy rice cake recipe! Perfect for all skill levels, and savor authentic street food flavors at home.
2 different types of Korean corn dogs that are garnished with condiments are being held upright.
3

Korean Corn Dog (Crispy and Cheesy)

Korean corn dog (or Korean hotdog) is a trendy street snack filled with cheese and sausage, and coated in french fries and crispy panko breadcrumbs. Use this easy recipe to make it at home.
Mandu (Korean dumplings) steamed in a lined bamboo steamer.
4

Homemade Mandu (Korean Dumplings)

Make juicy Mandu (Korean dumplings) from scratch with this step-by-step recipe. Filled with pork, cabbage, chives, and glass noodles using either store-bought or homemade dumpling wrappers. Recipe makes 40 large dumplings.
Korean street toast sandwich is wrapped and placed in a basket
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Popular Korean Street Toast

Korean street toast is a popular breakfast sandwich, made with egg, vegetables, ham, ketchup, mayo, and cheese on buttery toasted bread. The unique combination of condiments creates a delicious sweet and salty taste.
Crispy Korean chicken nuggets coated coated with sauce in a pan.
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Dakgangjeong (Korean Chicken Nuggets)

Dakgangjeong is a crispy Korean chicken snack with bite-sized chicken thigh pieces in a sweet, slightly spicy glaze. It's quick to cook, great for snacks or parties.
Bungeoppang, Korean fish shaped taiyaki bread, in a basket.
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Bungeoppang (Korean Fish-Shaped Taiyaki Bread)

Bungeoppang, Korean fish-shaped bread, is a twist on the classic Japanese snack, Taiyaki. Crispy and soft pastry filled with sweet red bean filling, enjoy this must-try Asian dessert all year with this easy recipe.
Korean cream cheese garlic bread baked on a baking sheet.
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Easy Korean Cream Cheese Garlic Bread

Korean cream cheese garlic bread: the ultimate blend of sweet cream cheese, garlic butter, and melted cheese on store-bought rolls. Crispy outside, creamy inside.
Kimbap slices are beautiful arranged in a serving dish.
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Kimbap (Korean Seaweed Rice Roll)

Kimbap (or Gimbap) is a traditional Korean seaweed rice roll that consists of rice, vegetables, and seaweed. This recipe provides an easy way to make the flavorful Korean rice dish, perfect for any quick meal or outdoor event. Vegetarian adaptable.
Korean Dalgona candies are pressed with cookie cutters
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5-Minute Dalgona Candy

Make Korean Dalgona candy in just 5 minutes with this easy recipe using sugar and baking soda. Enjoy the fun and traditional method of making it in a soup ladle.
Korean style twisted donuts (kkwabaegi) in a bowl.
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Twisted Donut (Kkwabaegi)

Korean twisted donut (kkwabaegi) is a traditional Korean fried dough pastry. They are made by twisting the dough before deep-frying, resulting in a crispy exterior and a soft, fluffy, and chewy interior. Coat with cinnamon sugar.
Rose tteokbokki with sausage in a creamy gochujang rose sauce.
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Creamy Rose Tteokbokki

Rose tteokbokki features chewy rice cakes in a mildly spicy gochujang sauce with cream and milk. This quick Korean fusion recipe delivers a tasty snack or meal in under 20 minutes.
Korean strawberry milk has fresh strawberry syrup is in a glass cup garnished with a piece of strawberry.
13

Fresh Korean Strawberry Milk (No-Cook Recipe)

Savor the fresh taste of strawberries with Korean strawberry milk, made with homemade syrup from just 4 ingredients. No cooking needed.
Pan roasted Korean sweet potato is peeled and shows the caramelization in the flesh.
14

Pan Roasted Korean Sweet Potato (Gun-Goguma)

This pan roasted Korean sweet potatoes recipe replicates the subtle char on the skin and the caramelization that you would find gun-goguma from Korean street food truck.
Pajeon with seafood is cut into slices and served with dipping sauce.
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Extra Crispy Haemul Pajeon (Seafood Scallion Pancake)

Make Pajeon, Korean scallion pancakes filled with seafood (haemul), at home with this easy recipe. Follow our cooking tips for that extra crispiness.
Freshly deep-fried Korean seaweed rolls are placed on a wired rack and served with tteokbokki.
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Gimmari (Korean Fried Seaweed Rolls)

Gimmari are crispy Korean fried seaweed rolls and a common Korean street food. Seasoned glass noodles are wrapped in seaweed, and deep-fried to golden crisp.
Rice Cakes are on skewers and glazed with sauce made with Korean chili paste (gochujang).
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Rice Cake Skewers, Tteok Kkochi (떡꼬치)

These Rice cake skewers (Ttoek-kkochi) are another variation of popular Korean street food. The rice cakes are pan-fried on skewers and glazed with a delicious sauce made with gochujang.
deep-fried winter vegetable (vegetable tempura)
18

Root Vegetable Tempura (Yachae Tuigim)

Root vegetable tempura makes a crispy delicious winter snack. Korean frying mix batter makes them easy. A great way to consume vegetables.
Sweet potato donuts are coated with cinnamon sugar and served with a tea.
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Sweet Potato Rice Donuts

Korean rice donuts made with sweet potato and rice flour! These sweet potato rice donuts are soft and chewy, and coated with cinnamon sugar. Makes 3 dozens
Korean Mung Bean Pancakes (Bindaetteok)
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Korean Mung Bean Pancakes (Bindaetteok)

Bindaetteok (Korean mung bean pancakes) are made with ground pork, mung bean puree, mung bean sprouts, and kimchi. There's no added flour in the recipe, which makes this savory snack a wonderful gluten-free dish!
Korean street toast sandwich is wrapped and placed in a basket

18+ Popular Korean Street Food Recipes: Korean Street Toast

Korean street toast is packed with egg, cabbage, carrot, ham, and cheese between slices of buttery toasted bread. It makes an easy breakfast sandwich.
5 from 11 ratings

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cabbage, thinly shredded
  • 1/2 carrot, thinly shredded
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • 4 eggs
  • a pinch salt
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 4 tbsp ketchup
  • 4 slices deli ham
  • 8 slices sandwich bread

Instructions 

  • Beat eggs in a large mixing bowl and add the shredded cabbage, carrot, green onion, and a pinch of salt; mix well.
  • Melt 1 tablespoon of butter on a skillet over medium low heat. Spoon in a portion of egg and vegetable mixture, and spread it around to about the size of your sandwich bread. (You can make two egg pieces at a time)
  • Cook the egg omelette 2-3 minutes on one side and flip. Cook until golden brown. Transfer the omelette to a plate and repeat the next batch.
  • Heat ham slices briefly, about 30-60 seconds; set aside.
  • Melt remaining tablespoon of butter and toast the sandwich bread until golden and crisp.

To assemble the toast

  • Put a piece of egg omelet on the toast. Sprinkle about 2 teaspoon of sugar (or however much you desire), and squirt some ketchup on top. Place a slice of ham and a cheese on top and top with the another toasted bread.
  • If you like your toast crunchier, add shredded cabbage between the layers of the condiments and ham.
Calories: 343kcal, Carbohydrates: 43g, Protein: 18g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 183mg, Sodium: 808mg, Potassium: 395mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 18g, Vitamin A: 1699IU, Vitamin C: 22mg, Calcium: 204mg, Iron: 3mg
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