One of the things I found most interesting when I started teaching here in Korea was how readily the kids shared their snacks with each other without being prompted. Wherever we go on field trips and the students bring bag lunches from home, the lunch area becomes like a buffet where students take bits and pieces of what their friends are having. On these days I am always introduced to new snacks, as the kids stuff food into my mouth — literally. (Images marked ** are items I received from students.)
While regularly I try to eat healthy foods, I admit I have a snacking problem. Here is documentation of that, but I hope it also gives you a look into the types of snack foods available here in Korea. I decided to post this now so that I have no excuse to continue purchasing junk food, haha. Scroll over the pictures or click on an image for details.
I usually have a granola bar for breakfast. The one I eat most — Dr. You — isn’t pictured here. I’ll try to update that later…
light. not too sticky. tastes like a brown rice, non-marshmallow Rice Krispie Treat.
peanuty. not bad.
store brand version of the Dr.You bars. not as good– mushier, fewer whole nuts.
** interesting. krispy grain outer with a thin coat of sweet cream in the core.
my favorite bar. usually eat these for breakfast.
Crackers are my go-to. I consume far too many crackers in a given week. I usually get the Zec ones, the Korean version of Ritz crackers. The last time I went to buy them at my local convenience store, the cashier was like, “You really like these crackers, huh?” Yeeeeah… Time to address that cracker habit.
preferred vegetable cracker. tastes like chicken soup.
vegetable cracker with sesame seeds. good.
Korea’s Ritz cracker. not as buttery but maybe a bit saltier.
cheese sandwiches, but the cheese is a little too sweet and “creamy” for my liking.
Korea’s saltine. not as flaky or salty.
** in my top five. these are kind of cracker, kind of cookie. they have sesame seeds in them and are coated with sugar.
another part cracker part cookie favorite of mine. they’re like crumbly saltines with sugar and slivered almonds on top.
** hearty, biscuit. peanut butter flavor with black sesame seeds. good.
Cookies and Cakes
brownie in really cute packaging. small for the price and kind of processed-tasting, but if you’re really craving a baked good…
** custard filled cake. custard’s more the consistency of an actual egg yolk, but still not bad.
i love these things. thick, whole grain-tasting biscuit with chocolate on one side.
thin waffle cookie.
like shortbread, but less buttery.
butter ring. less buttery than what you’re use to from the “Royal Dansk” tin at your granadma’s house.
coconut cookie/cracker. kind of dry/bland.
** these are so interesting. like a slice of filo dough. not too sweet.
like apple strudel in cookie form. might be good warm with milk…
**like a white chocolate filled Nilla Wafer.
apparently these are very popular in South Asia. Chocolate coated cookie. malted texture. ok, but i probably wouldn’t buy them again.
** chocolate covered strawberry jam sandwich? not baaad, but i wouldn’t buy it.
these are also really good. texture of a homemade peanut butter cookie. some almond slices inside. winner.
another sandwich cookie, but a little too “sandy” for me.
another one of my favorites. pineapple cream cookies.
peanut butter cream cookie. too sweet and “creamy” for me.
**rice cake. traditional Korean recipe. always good and quite filling.
cranberry cakes. not bad.
red bean rice cake. stick to the fresh ones.
traditional Korean honey cookie. really good.
Pepero. Korean Pocky.
Chips and Other
doritos. sweet and spicy. not bad.
onion rings. like Funyuns. a little less flavor, but still good.
another favorite of mine. potato chips that taste like Ritz Bitz, but dare I say, better?
** shrimp chips. take some getting use to, but then you start craving them…
one of the many Starbucks snacks i’ve never seen at home. vegetable chips. could use some salt, but if you’re feeling healthy…
** pizza chips. they taste like Bagel Bites. this brand is more famous for their fried seafood flavored chips, but i’ve only had these pizza ones.
rice bun things from GS25 bakery. soooo good. like a rice biscuit almost.
** my students love dried fish and squid like this. it kind of has the texture of styrofoam, but it’s good.
chestnuts. really good. kind of expensive, as usually each bag only has about six-eight nuts, but they’re good for you…
you can also buy roasted nuts from street vendors.
twigim — fried vegetables and seafood — is also a popular snaclk. you can buy it as street food. the pictured shrimp is famous, from Mimine in Hongdae. it’s patented, but maybe not worth the wait, in my opinion,
tteokbokki is another popular snack. this too is from Mimine. it’s more soupy than typical tteokboki. also pictured is some fried squid. very nommy.