No matter the country you look at, you can bet the people have a list of typical snacks they enjoy. In America, we love our potato chips, Doritos, and Oreos. In Korea, they have their list of favorite snacks. Sure, you've heard of kimchi and bibimbap, but what about Peppero products or tteokbokki?
We’re diving into the best Korean snacks that you can find in Korea and on Bokksu Market's website. These snacks are so good; you'll want to order them all!
What Snacks Are Popular In Korea?
Without further ado, here are our favorite Korean snacks to try!
You might recognize this dish from the viral show "Squid Games" as street food that involves cylindrical rice cakes and a spicy red sauce. Many people include a sprinkling of cheese on top for an extra tasty dish. Originally, tteokbokki was only eaten by royals.
Now, you’ll see this yummy, fiery food being sold all over Korea’s streets. Instead of making a homemade version, you can create Yopokki Instant Tteokbokki Rice Cake Cup: Kimchi in a few minutes at home. You’ll find an authentic flavor with an added kimchi taste. If you prefer other flavors, Yopokki has quite a few options, including garlic teriyaki and sweet & spicy.
Ramen in Korea is much different than ramen in Japan. When you're consuming Shin Ramen (a popular Korean brand), it's instant noodles that you're consuming. Even if you head to a restaurant and order Shin Ramen, also known as ramyun or ramyeon, it's likely instant noodles that the chef adds toppings to, like fish cakes and green onion.
It's much more common to see this tasty snack eaten at home by families, kids, and college students in a microwaveable bowl with the included dried vegetable mix. It's a super affordable and quick snack to make. Plus, it's delicious and offers a spicy broth beloved by many.
There are a few options that you can enjoy at home, like Nongshim Shin Ramyun Spicy Ramen and Nongshim Shin Ramyun Black Spicy Ramen. Both Shin cup options provide that fiery taste you're expecting when eating Shin ramen.
Buldak means fire chicken in Korean and is typically a spicy chicken dish. Buldak ramen combines the flavors of hot chicken and ramen for the ultimate snack for those who love spicy food. Surprisingly, this snack was not invented until more recently – 2012. Though, you would never be able to tell based on how popular it is.
Buldak ramen is also typically eaten at home. As a quick note, this option is slightly less spicy than a Shin bowl. You can try Samyang Buldak Ramen Bowl: Hot Chicken at home for a delicious fiery chicken flavor that will make your taste buds happy.
Samyang ramen comes in other flavors like a 2X hot chicken, which is even spicier! Samyang foods also carry sauces with a buldak ramen flavor like Samyang Buldak Sauce: Extreme Spicy Chicken if you can’t get enough of the taste.
Seaweed snacks are not only eaten in Japan! Korea has its own version of these tasty, crunchy dried pieces of seaweed! You'll find these seaweed snacks all over Korea, in restaurant food, on top of street food, and in Korean homes. You'll find these delicious bits of dried seaweed incorporated into various food at restaurants and street vendors or even offered as a gift because of its health benefits.
You may see seaweed referred to as gim in Korea, and it typically comes in various flavors, including a toasted sesame oil version. It's common to eat these seaweed crisps with a beer, rice, or veggies.
The Wang Seasoned Seaweed Snack (16-pack) is a great snack pack.
These sheets are smaller and ideal for snacking. If you need larger pieces in cooked dishes, try the Surasang Seasoned Seaweed Sheets (4-pack).
You're more likely to see ginger candies in a home than sold as street food. These delicious, sweet treats double as a natural remedy for an upset stomach and a solution for a sweet tooth.
They're typically eaten when anyone from children to adults is not feeling well in Korea. Though they're considered a nausea treatment, you'll likely see some people eating them when they feel a-okay since they have a delicious, unique flavor.
Bokksu Market has various Korean, Chinese, Japanese, and other Asian-inspired snacks and sweet treats. This online Asian grocery store has the yummiest Asian groceries. Plus, you can order groceries online for easy home delivery.
By Krystina Quintana