There's a reason why people look forward to winter even when it's cold enough to freeze their bodies. This is because just thinking about taiyaki, kamaboko, and roasted sweet potatoes is full of snacks that make you smile. Winter is so called the season for snacks that people say, âYou have to carry 3,000 won in your heart.â Starting with tteokbokki, which is known as the representative of national snacks, to sweet red bean soup with a healthy flavor using only domestic red beans, and dumplings full of seaweed! Here are 5 of the best winter snack restaurants to beat the cold with flavor.
1. A unique encounter between chapchae and hotteok, Sungnyemun's 'Namdaemun specialty hotteok'
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âNamdaemun's famous hotteokâ catches the footsteps of passers-by, with the savory smell of hotteok tempura. The hotteok, which is made from a mixture of corn flour and glutinous rice flour, has an attractive texture that is crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. The signature menu is âchapchae hotteok,â where you are greeted by a chewy chow when you bite into a hot hotteok. In addition, various types such as seafood chapchae and kimchi chapchae are also available.
â²Location: 24 Namdaemun-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
â²Opening hours: 09:00 â 18:30 every day, closed on Sundays
â²Price: Chapchae Hoteok 1,000 won, Kimchi Chae Hoteok 1,500 won
â²Testimonial (Shikigin Sonhata â¡): Hotteok cooked on a plate covered with plenty of oil. There was no taste that I felt, and it was quick! The chapchae themselves are also delicious and go well with the savory hotteok. When you wrap it up and put it back in the air fryer, it feels like it just popped out.
2. âHanchuâ in Sinsa-dong, the taste of nostalgic memories
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âHanchuâ is a pub that has been operating for over 30 years at the end of Garosu-dori Street. The signature menu âHanchu tteokbokkiâ stands out for its rich ingredients, such as mochi, fish paste, enoki mushrooms, cabbage, vermicelli, and eggs. The sharp seasoning thoroughly envelops the various ingredients and brings out the rich flavor. âRed pepper tempura,â which is a deep-fried chili pepper filled with minced meat, is also popular. The combination of the crispy red pepper and the moist meat paste is excellent.
â²Location: 68 Nonhyeon-ro 175-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
â²Opening hours: 17:00 â 02:00 every day, closed on Sundays
â²Price: Hanchu tteokbokki 15,000 won, fried red pepper 15,000 won
â²Review (Shikigami 3RDCOAST): The highlight of Hanchu tteokbokki is vermicelli! It's best to roll up vermicelli soaked in sauce with mochi or fish paste and eat it hororoku in one bite! Chicken, which has a spicy pepper flavor, is also recommended!
3. The warmth that fills the heart, Suyu-dong's âMulti-purpose Disease Reliefâ
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âDajeongbyeongâ is a traditional teahouse that adds a modern sensibility to the quiet atmosphere of a hanok. The signature winter menu âDajeong Zanjukâ is made by carefully picking 100% domestic adzuki beans. Garnishes such as chestnuts, mochi, pumpkin seeds, sweet pumpkin, and cinnamon powder were placed on top of the hot red bean soup to add richness of flavor. Thanks to its subtle cinnamon scent and moderately sweet flavor, you can enjoy it casually.
â²Location: 41-1, 4.19-ro, Gangbuk-gu, Seoul
â²Opening hours: 11:00 â 22:30 every day, closed on Mondays
â²Price: Dajeong red bean soup 9,000 won, pumpkin sweet sake 7,500 won
â²Testimonial (Shikigami epi1122): All products sold in the store are made by the boss himself, so I trust them. The red bean paste had a rich flavor, so I felt like I was eating a hearty meal. If you order traditional tea, the basic refreshment set that comes with it is also delicious!
4. A diverse world of gyoza, Itaewon âYago Dumplingâ
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âYago Dumplingâ is a place where you can find a variety of gyoza such as seafood, ribs, cheese, and kimchi. The signature menu is âshrimp dumpling,â which has a shiny, shiny surface that enhances the taste. The whole shrimp contained in the chewy dumpling skin along with the vegetable sauce adds a chewy texture. âMochi, dumpling, cheese ramen,â âudon.â They also have a menu of hearty meals such as âgimbapâ and âchewy noodles.â
â²Location: 42 Usadan-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
â²Business hours: Weekdays 10:00 â 06:00, weekends 10:00 â 08:00
â²Price: Shrimp dumpling 7,000 won, mochi dumpling ramen 5,000 won
â²Testimonial (Eat evenly yum yum): There is also a bar seat, so I often go out to eat alone. If you order one plate, you get 7 dumplings. Personally, sweet rib dumplings, shrimp dumplings with whole shrimp, and crispy grilled dumplings suit my taste.
5. 'Wrapping Fox' in Yeonhui-dong, a soup you can enjoy with a hearty meal
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âWrapping Foxâ has a youthful interior filled with brightly colored furniture. Recently, the kitchen was remodeled and they started selling soup menus. The soup is âclam chowder,â âtomato beef stew,â and âmushroom soup with truffle oil.â It consists of a lineup of âtomato basil soupâ and âbroccoli parmesan soup.â You can enjoy a hearty meal with rice, fusilli, and campanho.
â²Location: 5 Yeonhui-ro 11na-gil, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul
â²Business hours: Monday â Thursday 09:00 â 20:00, Friday â Sunday 10:00 â 21:00
â²Price: clam chowder 6,800 won, truffle oil mushroom soup 6,200 won
â²Testimonial (shikigata garter belt tattoo): It is said that the soup is cooked by a chef who has worked in Michelin restaurants! I ate my favorite dish, the clam chowder, and I was full because it had so many ingredients!
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