If you clicked on this article, I bet you would have watched some Korean dramas and wondered what hotteok tastes like or whether odeng is really edible. Well, let me save you the hassle and introduce these Muslim-friendly street food! 😊
Note: None of these street food are halal-certified, but our author has made checks with the stall owners on the ingredients used. Do check with the stall owners if you have any questions and consume at your own discretion!
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I chanced upon this street snack while I was shopping in Dongdaemun Toy and Stationery Street. It was pretty cold at the time and the yummy smell of waffles was making my stomach rumble. The ahjussi who was selling the waffles could speak English and I asked him about the ingredients. When asked if he used any alcohol, he said, “Alcohol? No, no, no. I hate alcohol”. The best part is that the cream in between the yummy waffles comes in three different flavours – vanilla, chocolate and strawberry! I tried the strawberry flavour and it was super delicious!
Price: 1,000₩ per piece
Hotteok is a sweet and soft snack, filled with brown sugar and some nuts and cinnamon. It’s a sweet alternative to the other savoury street snacks and especially yummy when you eat it piping hot during winter!
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Price: 2,000₩ per piece (Hotteok) and 3,000₩ for 2 pieces
3. Croissant Taiyaki
These taiyaki looked just like bunggeobbang – just that they are crispier and comes with more varieties of fillings! These are made using puff pastry sheets and the fillings were put in before they were baked. I tried the cheese and sweet potato ones and I really love them, especially the latter. Why? ‘Cos the filling was very smooth and creamy and it makes you want to have more.
Price: 2,000₩ per piece (if I remember correctly)
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4. Fried Banana
These fried banana pieces are equivalent to our goreng pisang. The only difference is that they were cut into smaller pieces and they were drizzled with some chocolate sauce and colourful sprinkles AND chopped almonds. Actually, you can choose the toppings you want (they’re FOC!) on your banana. So, don’t be shy and just do it! This is definitely a filling dessert!
Price: 2,000₩ per serving
5. Banana Crepe
This is not your normal crepe because… the size of the crepe was huge and it was generously filled with all the delicious goodies! It’ll definitely be a hit with kids and even adults ‘cos who doesn’t love Nutella, right?
Price: 5,000₩ per piece
6. Yachae Mandu
Yachae mandu are Korean dumplings stuffed with vegetables, which are grilled on a hot pan. These food items here are Muslim-friendly as they are not cooked with any kind of meat as well as lard or alcohol. The oil that the ahjumma and ahjussi used was of vegetable origin too.
Price: 1,000₩ per piece
[P.S While indulging in these desserts, don’t forget to fill up your tummies with 4 hearty meals to complete your Seoul trip!]
7. Twist Potato
This Potato Stick is actually just a potato that is cut and then spiralled onto a long stick. It is then grilled and dipped into the sweet and salty cheese powder. This has got to be one of the best things I had in the cold weather – hot and crispy potato coated with yummy cheese powder. Just ask for more powder and the ahjussi will be more than happy to oblige!
Price: 2,000₩ per stick
8. Roasted squid
The squids here are one of my favourite snacks – you can choose the packet of squids that you want and the vendor will grill it for you on the spot. Just remember that the squids are best eaten while they are still hot. Otherwise, you’ll feel like you’re chewing rubber!
Price: 5,000₩ per packet
9. Egg Bread aka Gyeran Bbang
This is a little different from your average gyeran bbang cos it’s loaded with almond, peanuts and sunflower seeds! If you think that the normal gyeran bbang is enough to make you feel full, you can consider this a meal packed with yummy goodness and high protein. You definitely need to try this at least once!
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Price: 2,000₩ per piece
10. Foot Long Ice Cream
Seoul’s bustling with unique sweet treats, and this sky-high soft serve is definitely eye-catching 🍦 Stroll along on a sunny day with a chocolate-flavoured cone, or pick from assorted flavours like vanilla, strawberry and green tea! If you can’t make up your mind or wish to savour two flavours at once, why not get a killer duo that’s sure to fire up your Instagram likes?
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These are famous around Myeongdong and stalls are usually open till late, which is the perfect call for supper time.
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If you’re in Seoul during the cold late months of the year, a packet of tiny corn-shaped DeliManjo (mini cakes) will be the most satisfying snack ever. Baked fresh and served to you piping hot, the fragrance of these custard-filled Korean ‘kaya balls’ will hit you before the stalls are even in sight.🤤
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DeliManjoo stalls can usually be found in train stations, the most popular one being in Myeongdong station’s underground shopping center (right at the gantry). The stall even has signs greeting customers in several languages and handwritten reviews by satisfied customers from all over the world 😊
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So, there you go – the list of Muslim-friendly street food in Seoul! These are mostly found in Myeongdong but these stalls can be found all over the city. Just remember to double check the ingredients before you purchase 😊 These street food are enough to fill you up and they can even replace a meal. If you have been wanting to try these and are planning a trip to Seoul soon, you know you’ve got to try them all!
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