Enjoying local food is the best part of a trip. Busan, a city for gourmets, is known for its diverse food with a lot of history and tradition. Its street food is also popular among tourists.
Cheap and delicious street food you can only taste in Busan.
Try Busan’s street food for your unforgettable food tour.
Sugar-filled seeded griddlecake
Despite the long queue, the original Ssiat hotteok (sugar-filled seeded griddlecake) remains one of Busan citizens’ favorite street food. Aired several times and, it became famous as the must-try food for tourists in Busan. The griddlecake is fried until golden in oil is cut in half, and roasted nuts are added into it, making it unique to Busan as this isn’t seen anywhere else. It presents the best sweet and nutty taste with a nice, crunchy texture in your mouth.
Spicy glass noodles
Bbibim dangmyeon (spicy glass noodles) can only be found in Busan. Its origin comes from a long time ago when busy market vendors quickly made the noodles to appease their hunger. However, it is now the signature dish of the Bupyeong Kkangtong Market. Unlike jjapchae (stir-fried glass noodles and vegetables) that is made with fried ingredients and seasoning soy sauce, bbibim dangmyeon is made with boiled glass noodles with garnish and red seasoning on the top. It may not look special, but you’ll be fascinated by the taste of mixed, crispy ingredients with spicy seasoning when you eat it. It’s a fun experience you can have only in Busan to sit together on small plastic strolls in the market and wait for the noodles being made right in front of you by vendors.
Fried tofu pocket
Yubu jumeoni (fried tofu pocket), which comes in the shape of a grab bag, is stuffed with glass noodles and vegetables. It looks delicious with the pocket wrapped with water parsley or scallions. Normally, it comes with fish cakes in jeongol (stew). You should try the clear soup first, and then pop the pockets to taste the thick soup mixed with glass noodles and vegetables. This way, you can try two different tastes.
Spicy squid salad and garlic chive pancake
It may feel awkward to eat ojingeo muchim (spicy squid salad) on the street. However, you’ll never forget its taste once you try ojingeo muchim and jeongguji jijim (garlic chive pancake) while standing in the alley of Nampo-dong. The spicy and sour ojingeo muchim and the crispy jeongguji jijim fried on a large iron plate are always a great combination. It is also good to pair them with dumplings fried in oil.
Spicy rice cakes and fish cakes of Bupyeong Market
There are many tteokbokki (spicy rice cakes) stalls in the Bupyeong Kkangtong Market: from famous ones introduced by TV programs to those that had stayed on the spot for long. If you wish to have the real taste of Busan tteokbokki, you can go to the Bupyeong Market. What is unique here is using thick and chewy bar rice cakes for tteokbokki. Moreover, Multteok (rice cake in broth) is the food you can only taste in Busan and Gyeongsang-do province. Busan is also the place that started producing fish cakes with diverse tastes from the Japanese colonial era of Korea.
In Busan, you can also have various street snacks, such as danpat juk (sweet red bean porridge) for winter and pat bingsu (shaved ice with sweetened red beans) for summer. Moreover, you can’t miss the hoeori gamja chip (twist potato chips).
In Busan, foods are guaranteed for their taste even on streets, and the friendly vendors would make you smile.
If you wish to fill your heart with delicious foods, let’s leave it to Busan.
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