Winter Snacks to Find on Korean Streets 

by Isabel Bang


Korean Ilbo

BungeoPpang literally translates to “fish bread,” but that doesn’t mean this classic Korean winter snack is made of fish 😂 This fish “shaped” pastry is stuffed with sweet fillings such as red bean, custard cream, chocolate, or kumara paste. You can actually find these in one of the stalls at the Auckland Night Markets! It’s always a real dilemma for Koreans whether to eat from head to fin or fin to head - for someone who loves the crispness of the fin, I always go from the head and leave the best part till the last 😋



HoPppangs are beautiful soft buns that you can find in any Korean convenience store in wintertime. It may look similar to the Chinese Pork Buns but these are sweet snacks, not savouries. Filled with hot red bean paste (by now you can tell that red beans were the traditional sweets in Korea 👍), the warm bun will warm you up from the first bite! Alterations of these HoPpangs were made as well - veggie HoPpangs, Bulgogi HoPpangs, milk cream HoPpangs, and even pizza HoPpangs (fav)! 

EoMuk Sticks

Busan Eomuk | Namu WIki

For food stalls on Korean streets, it would almost be illegal not to have Tteokbokki and EoMuk sticks. EoMuks are fishcakes, and food stalls have these skewed on sticks and boil in a seafood-based broth. Whenever you get these sticks you also get a cup of the soup, which is all you need on a snowy winter day to melt down on the spot ☃️ If you want to try these warming fishcakes on cold nights, visit a Korean restaurant and there’s a high chance that they’ll have a proper fish cake soup on their menu!

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