Have a peep into what Korean convenience stores have to offer to hungry travelers and take note of the best items you must try during your trip to Korea!
One of the best things about traveling in South Korea is that there are hundreds and thousands of convenience stores with a variety of ready-to-eat foods! Not only can travelers easily find the convenience stores, but they can also get what they need at all times because the stores are open 24/7 (well, almost all of them in the major cities).
For those who wonder what to buy, we’ve selected 10 best Korean convenience store foods beloved by Koreans and that you must try during your trip!
1. Samgak Gimbap (Triangular Rice Ball)
Well, these ‘Samgak(Triangular) Gimbap’ are one of the best-selling products in Korean convenience stores. And you can enjoy them with a variety of flavors from mayonnaise & tuna to spicy fried-pork! It’s a rice ball with different ingredients inside and dried seaweed wrapping the whole thing around. Here’s the one you should try, ‘Jeonju Bibim Samgak-Gimbap.’ This is spicy (just a little) and sweet, and tastes like Bibimbap.
2. Dosirak (Lunch Box)
Nowadays, Korea sees a fierce competition in the ready-to-go ‘dosirak (lunch box) market because of the increasing number of single diners who want to finish their meals quickly. Among a number of popular lunch box brands, here is ‘Kim Hye-ja’s Dosirak’ which Koreans praise a lot for its comparatively low price for the quality it offers! When you’re tight in your travel budget, ‘Kim Hye-ja’s Dosirak’ is absolutely worth a go.
3. Giant Tteokbokki (Spicy Rice Cake)
Alright, this one was a huge hit in South Korea, gaining a lot of popularity on social media like Facebook and Instagram. It’s hot and spicy. But, once you try you can never stop!
It’s not really known who actually started combining this ‘Giant Tteokbokki’ with string cheese selling in the convenience stores, but it kicked off a new trend. It’s a popular thing right now for Koreans to create different menus out of the recipes only from convenience stores.
4. Hot Bar (Skewered Sausage / Fish Cake)
Hot bar. Sounds strange, right?! Well, think of it as a chocolate bar, except these ‘hot bars’ take various shapes, from rectangular to round ones like sausages. You’ll find hot bars made of different ingredients such as pork, chicken, seafood, etc,.
Rip off just a little bit of its cover and warm the bar in a microwave and take a bite. Yummy!
5. Popcorn Snacks
You can easily find delicious popcorn snacks in Korea’s convenience stores. They taste and look like real home-made popcorns! Plus, these popcorns are in various flavors, and like the pic above, ‘Butter-garlic Popcorn’ is the best-seller!
6. Sunbaek Uyu (Pure White Milk) Steamed Buns
Usually steamed buns in convenience stores come in different recipes with vegetables, meat, pizza, or red bean inside. But, this one, as its name gives away, has milk custard inside, which is very soft and creamy. Warm the bun in a microwave for 30 sec. Then it becomes a perfect snack during cold winter months.
7. Petitzel’s Sweet Roll Creme Chocolat
‘Petitzel’ is a name of a brand and ‘Sweet Roll Creme Chocolat’ is one of their products. Along with this sweet roll, another recommended product is ‘Creme Chocolat Pudding’, which tastes very creamy and sweet!
8. Gamdongran (Boiled Egg)
‘Gamdongran’ is a boiled egg and there are 2 boiled eggs in one pack. It’ll be enough for a light breakfast.
9. Grand Yogurt
Korean-style yogurt is quite different from the yogurts you’ve tried in other countries. It’s more like a sweet liquid. One of the ways Koreans like to enjoy this yogurt is to put it in the freezer and enjoy it as a frozen ice cream-like yogurt. Plus, these yogurt products used to be small in size but they got bigger! Buy ‘Grand Yogurt’ from a convenience store and try it!
8. Olbareun (Propper) Burrito
‘Olbareun’ in Korean literally means ‘proper’ or ‘right’, which implies that these burritos are just the right alternative for a meal! There are 3 different kinds of flavors: Quatro Cheese, Spicy Chicken Breast, and Beef & Jalapenos. All of them are great, so choose according to your preference!
10. Widaehan (Great) Cheese Bulgogi Burger
‘Widaehan (meaning great in Korean)’ is one of the food brand names. Among the Widaehan’s products like hot dogs, pizza, and instant Tteokbokki, the burgers are the most popular, especially the Cheese Bulgogi Burger! If you’re looking for a cheap and cheerful burger deal, go for it.
Have you not tried Korean convenience store foods and snacks yet? Then, try it today. You can save money and time.
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