From Korean music to drama to food and snacks, Korea has spread its globalizing stems to all parts of the world. It hasn’t spared any country from its vibrant and unique culture and products.
It is believed that South Korea has some of the world’s best snacks; they are pretty hard to dislike. To cater to whatever mood you are in, the snacks are served in sweet and savory flavors. Their variety and creative shapes, color, and size just make them stand out.
Must-Try Korean Snacks from Korean Convenience Stores
The well-known Korean honey-butter chips and the salty-and-sweet chip have so much demand that they rarely stay in stock with the sellers online and at local convenience stores!
However, there are more snacks on the list which are worth trying out. Read on to the list of five best classic Korean Snacks that you must try on your trip to South Korea!
Thick, buttery, and crunchy. Crown butter waffles are exactly how you would imagine a perfect waffle to be. This treat is a waffle sheet precisely topped with hints of butter. It is crunchy at first, but it starts to melt in your mouth after a few bites of crisps. Your palates will be savored with the perfect proportion of butter, vanilla, and white bread. These quintessential Korean snacks are perfect solutions to your post-meal dessert craving. You can also have bits of it pairing with coffee, tea, or milk. Butter waffles are a must-have if you are giving a chance at exploring Korean snacks.
With no exaggeration, Goraebap is the greatest invention made by Korean snack manufacturers. Goraebap’s taste can’t be found anywhere else. Its unique taste comes from its salty, umami flavor. Each piece has fish-like tube-shaped. These tubes are shaped in minnow, squid, starfish, and hence it is called “Goraebap,” which is another name for “whale food.” These savored, umami snacks can make anybody’s day better. The thin layer of the tubes adds to the crunchiness, which is topped with Korean’s addictive seasoning.
The name Shinjjang has been inspired by the animation character called Jjanggu. The reason behind this absurd name is because this snack is as mischievous as the character called Jjanggu. This is one of those super-crunchy snacks even made better with Korean acacia honey collected in the unpolluted DMZ and black sesame seeds, laying off a deep saccharine flavor with a hint of nuttiness.
You can preferably have it with a cup of hot tea or coffee. The shape it has acquired is of a wide hollow cut in small tubes. As described at the backside of the package itself, you can be creative with how you eat this! Wear them like rings and eat them off your finger, fill it with ice cream to savor your desert nerd, or even throw it in the air and catch it with your mouth. All the options at your discretion when you get hold of ones of these Shinjjang packages.
Korean is not unfamiliar with these particular snacks. The English name of Pepero’s English is called chocolate-covered pretzel stick. These snacks are just like Pocky sticks; however, they are thicker and richer in comparison. In South Korea, they have a special day to exchange this treasure. Nov. 11, in South Korea, is called the Pepero Day, a day when lovers and friends buy Pepero for each other because the numbers 11/11 resemble its long, skinny shape. This shows how much of an impact Pepero has made over the people of South Korea, giving proof of its prominence. On the other hand, it might be a day strategically designed by Pepero’s company to increase sales, but regardless, these snacks deserve a day to be celebrated.
Not getting deceived by the name which suggests chocolate-covered pretzel stick, Pepero comes in dozens of flavors from plain chocolate, nude and almond chocolate, to strawberry, cream and cookies, cheese, cacao, coconut, even green tea, and more discoverable flavors.
Sunchips are named so for having a “taste of the sun,” these are made from whole grains. Spicy and crunchy enough to leave you to crave some more after each bite. It is said that once you start eating them, you can’t stop. It is difficult to distinguish the flavors and what they are exactly made of, but you can find a mix of hot pepper, tomato sauce, and MSG. They are shaped in flat, thin, wavy, and curtainlike pieces of fried chips that fit perfectly in your mouth. The pieces of grains add a nice texture to each bite, tricking you into thinking they are healthy for you.
If you ever get a chance to try these Korean snacks, you should not miss any of them, and be sure you won’t regret it. These unique flavors will draw you and get into the zone of it, and before you even know, you’ll be addicted. From savory, umami flavors to sweet chocolatey ones, these Korean snacks can’t be beaten!
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