Winter has almost arrived in Korea, and while the great temperature range in the day is driving me crazy, I am actually waiting quite expectantly for snow since I missed out on it entirely last winter when I was in Japan for my exchange. Another thing to look forward to would be the food! Sometimes there are just some food that tastes better when you have it in certain seasons (like having naengmyeon when the weather isn’t hot yet is just weird), and so here I’m recommending three winter must-haves in Korea!
1. Odeng (오뎅)
When Korean street food is mentioned you might think of ddeokbokki first, but when winter comes around odeng (fishcakes) is what people look for! It may seem crazy to be standing out in the cold eating from street stalls like this:
But no one can resist the feeling of warmth as you enjoy the delicious odeng, priced affordably at usually less than 1,000 won per stick usually. Just remember not to finish all the odeng available at the stalls! xD
2. Roasted Sweet Potato (군고구마)
Roasted sweet potatoes may seem like any ordinary food, but when you have it in winter, it tastes 10x more delicious than any other time!! Hugging the piping hot sweet potato while huddling in the cold, not only your hands but your body is sure to warm up!
It is not very easy to find street stalls selling roasted sweet potatoes, but when you do see them, do get them!
3. Stew (찌개)
This is really my personal favorite. If you cannot imagine standing out in -20degree cold enjoying the street food, don’t worry! You can still enjoy some warm, bubbling stew to warm your entire body and sit comfortably in an eatery, shielded from the cold!
The four types of stews above are the most commonly found ones in Korea, and you’re sure to find them anywhere you go. The spiciness combined with the boiling stew warms up your body immediately, and is a good to have during winter!
So these are my top 3 winter must-haves! Remember to dress warmly when you come for winter, don’t underestimate the Korean cold!