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Ho Ddeok (호떡) (Hotteok)
Ho Dduk (It's pronounced more like this) is one of my favorite street foods, but it's hard to find. The best Ho Dduk in the world is in a cramped backstreet in Nampo.
It's the Korean answer to the donut, stuffed with a brown sugar-based paste with ground peanuts, sunflower seeds and other shenanigans. or topped. The outside can be crispy, thick or thin, but hopefully not too oily. It is an oily treat, I've seen them cooked usually on the grill, but the best Nampo I've ever had are floating on oil just like a donut.
My Korean friends took me there before, so I was able to find it again, but on my third excursion, BTX (Brett replaced Kari in our party) bumped into Guitar Hero Chris. He and his buddy, also Chris, had been wandering around for an hour trying to find the back alley street food with no luck. At least they were smart enough to avoid the food stands near the entrance. Not that they're bad places- theres always a line at the hotteok vendor, but not for quality. The place exploded in popularity after a famous singer ate there on TV. Remember, this is Korea where people wait for the cool kids to do something before they can like it.
One of my favorite street foods. Pa is leek, a thick juicy green onion/scallion variant. Jeon means pancake. Some people refer to Pajeon as Korean Pizza. I mean it's basically just leek thrown into batter and grilled on a greasy flat iron. Often there are chunks of octopus, squid, or shrimp in there by default, sometimes even mussels. It's a popular dish at Korean bars, but you probably wont see it offered at a western bar. Even without the fishy stuff, it's one of the few vegetarian dishes that I enjoy.
Kimchijeon is the same except kim chi replaces the leek. And it is delicious. It's spicer, saltier, and has that pickled vegetable tanginess. This stuff is wonderful to eat while drinking. The greasiness just goes well with alcohol.