Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Korean Snacks

I came across a website that lists ten favorite Korean snacks.  Among Koreans, that is.  Here is my least favorite:
Another typically Korean flavor, ojingeo (오징어) and ttangkong (땅콩) literally mean squid and peanuts. Real dried roasted squid with roasted peanuts is a favorite anju (안주, food that accompanies alcoholic drinks) pairing, so someone came up with the brilliant idea of putting these two flavors together in a snack. Like its name, the snack has a strong sea-like salty taste outside with a peanut in the center.

The snack also has traces of being “roasted” on its exterior, making it interesting trying to find smiley (or frowny) faces. As expected, it is a favorite with beer lovers.

The snack has its own fun site: http://www.ottangworld.com
Katie here:  I don't like fish AT ALL.  I can't imagine eating a squid-flavored-covered peanut.

Here are a couple of my favorite Korean snacks:
Do you have a Korean friend? Do you have a Korean guy friend? Do you have a Korean guy friend who has completed his mandatory military service? If you do, you most certainly have heard a story about Chocopie (쵸코파이). Chocopie is a chocolate covered spongecake-like snack with a marshmallow center, and it’s the soldiers’ main obsession (besides K-pop girl groups) during their service.

Military service is really hard, as any guy will tell you. Deprived of civilian joys such as freely pigging out on sugary goods, this sweet snack is somehow like a prize to them, probably symbolizing a “normal” life. They all have tearful, heart wrenching Chocopie stories to tell, whether their own or a fellow soldier’s, so try asking if you haven’t heard any already.

Chocopie is also popular as an alternative birthday cake; for students without a lot of pocket money, one will suffice, for those who want something different, a pyramid stack of Chocopie is used.

Chocopie’s website : http://www.chocopie.co.kr/
 Chocolate, in my opinion, is always a homerun. How could it not be? So when you pack chocolate in a ball of fluffy pastry? It becomes a Homerunball. Designed after a cream puff, it’s as creamy and light as the original and just darn addictive. There is a plain cream version as well, but I always go for the chocolate.
Katie here again:  there are other great Korean snacks on the page, but these two piqued my curiosity.  I wonder if I could find either of the sweet snacks at an import grocery store or if I'd have to make a return trip to Korea to get them?

Hmmm . . . thinking . . . thinking . . . .

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