Bored and craving Korean food during the quarantine? Don’t worry, we got you! We wanted to introduce 3 Korean street food recipes that you can easily recreate at home to satisfy those cravings with easily accessible ingredients. Listed from easiest to make to still easy-but-with-a-few-more-steps, you can choose which to make based on how bored and how hungry you are. 😋
Korean Seaweed Rice Balls
Korean seaweed rice balls are a commonly enjoyed street food that traditionally pairs well with Ddeokbokki (Spicy Rice Cake) but is equally tasty on its own. This dish is probably the easiest dish that you could ever make but it’s incredibly delicious and can be enjoyed as a snack or a meal.
Image courtesy of jajabakes.com
Prep Time: 2 Minutes
Cook Time: 5 Minutes
- 2 cups steaming short-medium grain rice
- 1-2 Packs of KPOP Sea Snacks
- 1/2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1/2 tsp sesame oil
- sesame seeds
- Cut the sea snack sheets into small pieces with a pair of scissors.
- In a medium bowl, mix rice, shredded seaweed, soy sauce, and sesame oil until incorporated.
- Put a plastic glove on one hand. Add a little bit of oil on the plastic glove so that the rice does not stick.
- Put 2 tablespoons of rice on your palm and squeeze lightly until the rice sticks together. Shape it into a ball.
- Repeat until the rice is finished.
- Serve with sesame seeds.
Recipe courtesy of jajabakes.com
Korean Sausage and Rice Cake Skewers
You can't have rice balls without ddeobokki (spicy rice cakes). The savory sausages with the sweet and spicy rice cakes are a match made in heaven! Try this dish if you have a sweet and savory craving.
Image courtesy of www.gmarket.com
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 10 Minutes
- 8 pieces sticky rice cakes (around 2 in)
- 8 mini sausages (around 2 in)
- 2 bamboo skewers (around 8 in)
- cooking oil
- 2 tbsp KPOP Sauce (or KPOP XXX for an extra kick!)
- 2 tbsp ketchup
- 2 tbsp water
- 2 tsp sugar
- ½ tbsp onion juice
- ½ tsp sesame seeds
- ¼ tsp sesame oil
- Get some sticky rice cakes for tteokbokki. If your rice cakes are frozen, put them in boiling water for about 10 minutes on high.
- While the rice cakes are boiling, prepare the sauce.
- Grate ¼ of an onion to create the onion juice for the sauce.
- Add 2 tbsp KPOP Sauce, 2 tbsp ketchup, 2 tbsp water, 2 tsp sugar, ½ tbsp onion juice, ½ tsp sesame seeds, and ¼ tsp sesame oil into a sauce pan.
- Stir it well and cook it for about 3 minutes on medium-high. Then let it cool down.
- After 10 minutes of boiling, the rice cakes should be soft. Drain out the water and rinse the cooked rice cakes in cold water.
- Separate the rice cakes from each other.
- Cut the rice cakes to match the size of your sausages.
- Place the rice cake and the sausage on the skewer. The order will be rice cake, hotdog, rice cake, hotdog, etc. Each skewer gets 4 sausages and 4 rice cakes.
- Put 4 skewers in an oiled and preheated pan. Fry them for about 10 minutes, or until both sides become golden brown on medium.
- Occasionally press down on them with a spatula, so that they get nice and crispy.
- Afterwards place the skewers on a plate and drench them with the pre-made sauce.
Recipe courtesy of aeriskitchen.com
Korean Street Toast
Korean street toast is an omelet sandwich that is enjoyed by Koreans of all ages and in every season. It’s a perfect snack or meal if you’re craving a new twist to a sandwich.
Image courtesy of seonkyounglongest.com
Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Cook Time: 10 Minutes
- 1 oz cabbage, thinly sliced
- 1 oz onion, thinly sliced
- 1 oz carrot, cut into long thin strips
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 5 tbsp room temperature butter
- 4 white sandwich bread slices
- 3 tsp sugar
- 2 sliced honey ham
- 2 sliced American cheese
- Ketchup (mix in some KPOP Sauce for an extra kick)
- KPOP Kimchi Mayo
- In a large bowl, add chopped cabbage, onion, carrot, eggs, green onion salt and pepper and mix them well.
- Spread butter on both sides of the bread.
- Heat a large skillet over medium heat.
- Once the skillet heats up, add 2 tablespoons butter and let it melt.
- Pour the egg mixture, trying to make the omelet a square shape.
- Cook until the bottom of the omelet is cooked (around 2 to 3 minutes).
- Cut egg omelet into half with a spatula and flip it over. Cook for another 2 to 3 minutes or until fully cooked.
- When the omelet is cooked, remove the omelet from the skillet and add honey ham slices to the skillet. Remove from the skillet after the ham is nicely cooked.
- Now, toast buttered bread on both sides, about 2 minutes each side, or until it's golden brown on the skillet. Remove once done.
- On a warm buttered and toasted bread, sprinkle about 1/2 tsp sugar evenly. Place the egg omelet on the bread slice and sprinkle 1 tsp sugar on top.
- Place warm ham and cheese on top of the sugared omelet and drizzle KPOP Sauce and Kimchi Mayo right on top.
- Cover this stack with another slice of buttered and toasted bread. Repeat with rest of ingredients and enjoy!
Recipe courtesy of seonkyounglongest.com
We hope trying out these recipes will be fun and help pass time during this time of quarantine. The KPOP Foods Team wishes everyone is safe and healthy. Happy cooking and stay saucy!