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Locals’ Favorite Street Food for Winter

​Winter street food is probably the only thing that can force us to venture outside into the cold, dry and windy months. Today, I’ll introduce the local’s favorite winter street food that are worth such venture outside. These street food venues definitely deserve to be included in the list of Jeonju’s renowned gourmet food places.

 

Korean desserts at “Oehalmoni Somssi” (Grandmother’s Skill)

Oehalmoni Somssi (literally, ‘grandmother’s skill’) is Jeonju’s most popular dessert place in SNS. I can say for sure. Although originally renowned for “patbingsu” (sweet red bean snow flake), Oehalmoni Somssi also offers winter desserts that we shouldn’t miss. Try “hongsi bosungi”, ground frozen ripe persimmon. A spoonful in your mouth will gently disappear but leave a long lasting sweetness and flavor.

“Hongsi bosungi” of Oehalmoni Somssi

I also tried “gungjung ssanghwatang” (royal herb tonic tea) made from the original royal recipe, “danpatjuk” (sweet red bean soup) with rice cake, and “pasi somsom bingsu” (snow flake made from red bean, black sesame, and milk) with fruits. These are the three most popular menus of Oehalmoni Somssi.

Oehalmoni Somssi

Address: Omokdae-gil 81-8, Wansan-gu, Jeonju

Contact: 063-232-5854

Opening hours: 11:00~22:00 (open year around)

Warm bowl of “Well-Being Saeal Patjuk” (red bean soup with rice cake balls)

It’s well known that winter is the best time to enjoy a warm bowl of patjuk (red bean soup with rice cake balls). Well-Being Saeal Patjuk offers a bowl of patjuk renowned for its thick texture and sweetness of red bean. And of course, the bowl has plenty of rice cake balls in it.

Well-Being Saeal Patjuk

What’s more surprising about this place is that if you order a bowl of patjuk, you also get a bowl of boiled barley (accompanied by steamed fermented soybean paste and fresh salads). Some people even visit here for the boiled barley bowl. If your stomach is full, you can still take away the rest of your patjuk.

​Well-Being Saeal Patjuk

Address: Paengnamu 3-gil 24-28, Deokjin-gu, Jeonju

Contact: 063-244-0765

Opening hours: 11:30~20:00 (break time 15:00~16:30; closed on Mondays)

 

Crunchy fries at “Gyeonggijang Matna Tuigim”

If you find people standing together in the alley next to Jeonju Stadium, you’ve found Matna Tuigim, offering the best fries in Jeonju. Here, where you stand is the table. Pick up your favorite fries with a tong. It may be a bit uncomfortable standing, but the crunchy fries are worth the effort.

Gyeonggijang Matna Tuigim

You may choose from a range of fries, but the most popular ones are chilli pepper, gimmari (glass noodles rolled in seaweed), egg, sandwich bread, and squid. You’ll be surprised by, first, the crunchiness and, second, by the price: only 1,000 won for two pieces of fries! And don’t forget to try the “hot dog” (corn dog) with sugar and ketchup too.

Gyeonggijang Matna Tuigim

Address: Deulsapyung-ro 47, Deokjin-gu, Jeonju

Contact: 063-271-6270

Opening hours: 08:30~21:30 (closed on Mondays)

 

Crunchy, glutinous, and sweet “Wonjo Jungang Chapsal Hottuk” (pancake stuffed with sugar)

Located inside the traditional Jungang Market, Wonjo Jungang Chapsal Hottuk has been one of the locals’ favorite dessert places for ages. Recently, since the venue appeared television shows, you’ll most likely have to wait for a while to try the famous hottuk (pancake stuffed with sugar).

Wonjo Jungang Chapsal Hottuk

The hottuk here is renowned for its extra chewy and glutinous texture. The peculiar texture of hottuk here comes from the secret recipe, which includes, rice wine, glutinous rice, squash, and taro. This is no ordinary hottuk like those sold in the supermarkets. Have a bite, enjoy the crunchy outer crust and glutinous inside, before hot caramelized sugar invades your taste bud. Add fish cake soup and the saltiness will enhance the sweetness of the hottuk.

​Wonjo Jungang Chapsal Hottuk

Address: Taepyeong 5-gil 49, Wansan-gu, Jeonju

Contact: 063-274-8476

Opening hours: 09:00~19:00 (closed on Sundays)

 

Addictive flavor of “Doraon Topokki” (spicy bar rice cake)

Doraon Topokki (‘topokki return’ in Korean) is the revival of the legendary topokki (spicy stir-fried bar rice cake) venue called ‘Omsirong Gamsirong’. The topokki here is renowned for the harmony of the thick bar rice cake and sticky spicy-sweet sauce made from ripe persimmon and jujube.

Doraon Topokki

The topokki goes really well with sundae (Korean blood sausage) and tuigim (fries) plates. I especially recommend a huge daeha tuigim (fried prawn) to add to the topokki plate. If you’re still hungry, you should order soba noodle in summer, and “Saenghap Kalguksu” (fresh clam noodle) in winter. They are only 6,000 won per bowl and it comes with a topokki plate too.

​Doraon Topokki

Address: Andeokwon-ro 53, Deokjin-gu, Jeonju

Contact: 063-277-2929

Opening hours: 09:00~21:30 (break time: 15:00~16:00; closed on Tuesdays)

 

80 years history at “Baekilhong Jinpang Mandu”

Baekilhong Jinpang Mandu had been loved by the locals for more than 80 years old. I remember that my grandfather often used to come here for jinpang (steamed bun with sweet red bean filling) and mandu (steamed bun with meat and vegetable filling). There are only two menus: jinpang and mandu. If you can’t choose between the two, it’s like having to choose between mother and father. So just buy both.

Baegilhong Jinpang Mandu

The ingredients for mandu filling are 100% Korean. The sweetness of the red bean filling for jinpang is moderate. Both jinpang and mandu have thick and chewy texture. Most importantly, the ingredients run out pretty early (mostly by afternoon), so I recommend visiting here early.

Baegilhong Jinpang Mandu

Address: Hyunmu 2-gil 67, Wansan-gu, Jeonju

Contact: 063-286-3697

Opening hours: from 09:00 until ingredients run out (closed on Sundays)

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  • Adila Ayub

    Eveything looks delicious. Hotteok and bungeoppang are my favorite winter Korean street food 🙂

  • Sara Rousalova

    I want to eat it all so bad! It looks much better than what I have tried at some places here in Seoul!

  • If you don’t eat street food when you come to Korea, you are doing it wrong! haha I love Hottuk during the winter, it smells lovely and taste super sweet! 😀

  • Elysia Toh

    OH MY GOSH!!! Ok so I really love rice cake (or tteok) and the number of rice cake dishes in this list is making me really excited for my trip to Jeonju!!! I’ve always wanted to try patjuk – will the shop still be selling it in spring? Because I really really really want to try it!!! And Doraon Topokki looks absolutely A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!! I really hope it isn’t super spicy (I’ve been so scared to try topokki in Korea thanks to Jaws Tteokpokki, it was super spicy) so I can just eat to my heart’s content.

  • izmirK

    Why have I never been here? I love to try the crispy fries and teokpukki there seems very good! <3

  • Ada Choy

    Ooh! I thought I’ve tried all the street food in Jeonju but apparently not~ I can’t wait to try some of these 🙂

  • Bronwyn Pretorius

    Nothing beats Korean street food! Mandu is high on my list of favourite dishes…oh and teokkbokki! That Oehalmoni Somssi looks really intriguing…

  • Honie Phan

    oh dear, I’m a big fan of Korean street food and these dishes are totally mouth-watering. want to try them soon when I come to Jeonju next week

  • IamNaZza

    So many Korean foods I want to try after reading this post.

  • Iris Jang

    I could probably eat bingsoo everyday of my life. Will definitely visit el halmuni somssi

  • Melissa

    Everything looks delicious! Getting hungry 🙂

  • Dimas Yunianto Putro

    Twigim (fried food) is very tasty in Jeonju. You must try the seafood twigim here!
    Let’s visit Jeonju in 2019 guys!!!

  • Victoria T

    Now I’m hungry hnnnng

  • James

    This looks delicious, i have tried some of the fried foods but will have to try the sweets next time

  • Chalkgoop

    ooo I really want to go to Jeonju when it’s warm and get some bingsu 😀

  • Aysha

    Everything looks mouth-watering and delicious! As a patbingsu lover, I especially want to try the patbingsou at Oehalmoni Somssi and the red bean soup with rice balls. The mandus also look AMAZING! I’ll make sure to visit all these places when I go to Jeonju.

  • Joshua Garcia

    Topokki is one of the most representative Korean snacks. As a foreigner living almost 3 years in this country I can only give you one advice: NEVER BE AFFRAID OF TRYING NEW THINGS, speacially food. From egg bread to dry fish, just give it a try.

  • Marie Boes (Be Marie Korea)

    this makes me so hungry!!

  • An Khanh Pham

    I’ll be where the good food is~

  • Joshua Garcia

    When I see these kind of posts I get hungry

  • Daria Yu

    Korean food culture is really amazing. Jeonju is the best place to try some new food.

  • Kamal Pandey

    tapokkiii…woow yu,mmmyyyyy

  • The grandmother skill dessert looks so yummy!!! I want to have 10 of it~
    As well as my favourite hotdeok!!

  • Joshua Garcia

    Best street food, only in jeonju

  • Dokbokgi is the must try street food especially during winter, the hot and spicy can usually helps in warming the cold body!!

  • Shana Trương

    Street food! Always the best.

  • Samki Y

    I love trying Korean street food! I wonder if the hottuk and steamed buns in Jeonju have any distinguishing characteristics from those of Seoul’s. Also, I hope the ground frozen persimmon treat is available in the summer. It looks refreshing!

  • exo

    I wanna try out the patjuk yum yum yum

  • Ingrid Leiria

    I enjoy a lot of different korean food, but as a quickly food i always enjoyed Topokki, so I want to try this Doraon Topokki

  • Qasim Sultan

    Tasty ~ 맛있어요

  • Joshua Garcia

    Nothing like those delicious red bean cakes when you are hungry

  • Joshua Garcia

    or a really hot “hottuk” on a winter day! OMG ready to do

  • Veronica H. Padron

    I want to try all that food! Nothing can compare to Jeonju food! Best in Korea! If you want to taste the real thing, you must go!

  • Charles Churro Yoo

    I LOVE KOREAN STREET FOOD

  • Charles Churro Yoo

    I can’t get enough dduckbokki

  • Charles Churro Yoo

    I need more food like this back home.

  • Joshua Garcia

    I eat egg bread at night when I feel lonely

  • Joshua Garcia

    Jeonju in the sky with diamonds…and some delicious food

  • Loveday Farmer

    oh gosh, i want to try that hoddeok.

  • The patjuk looks yummy and i love ricecake balls!!

  • I preferred jinpang!!!!! Red bean is always my favourite~~~ i bet i gotta go there right on the opening time!!

  • How much i wish all these shops are located in a similar locations so that i can enjoy all in one goal!

  • Can u show us the kalguksu noodle photo selling at the teokbokki shop?

  • Rachel Chalk

    I’ve never heard of persimmon and jujube being used in tteokbokki. I’ll have to give it a try

  • Rachel Chalk

    I’m so grateful for the people who write these articles! I’m not in Korea for long so having insider information about spots like this is so helpful. I’ve never heard of hongsi bosungi but it sounds so good

  • Quế Thanhh

    It’s not a good idea when I read your blog at night 🙁 My stomach is starving..

  • Grace S

    Eating street food is peak cultural experience!

  • Grace S

    The hottuk looks so good, makes me want to get it today

  • Thandar Aung

    hottoek is the best snack in winter.

  • Thandar Aung

    i really like to eat Patju. looks delicious

  • I am getting hungry when i look at these food photos!!!!

  • Cannot stop thinking of the Korean street food especially in cold weather~

  • bora 🍓

    Korean street food always has a special place in my heart so seeing all these new variety of snacks I haven’t encountered before makes me incredibly happy and excited to try them out as soon as possible. For those who have yet to try out Korean street food, the experience will never disappoint you!

  • Joshua Garcia

    show me the teopokki ajuma

  • Joshua Garcia

    i want some red bean cake, take out please

  • Joshua Garcia

    whenever im lonely at night, i wish i could have some teokcake to be less lonely

  • Shielfa

    Always wish to try the street food that recommend from the local people, it would obviously really good

  • Joshua Garcia

    Please I need some teopokki now!

  • Joshua Garcia

    Im so hungry I could eat like 3 servings of teopokki and some udong

  • Joshua Garcia

    I dont care who you are, where youre from, what you did as long as you are from jeonju

  • Joshua Garcia

    why you have to go and make things so complicated? I see the way you dont like jeonju makes me frustrated

  • Joshua Garcia

    Jeonju street food on summer or winter, best thing ever

  • Joshua Garcia

    wonder if they have levels of spicyness

  • Joshua Garcia

    great place to go an visit

  • Joshua Garcia

    Tell me if you love street food, tell me if you need the street food, because I cant live without it

  • Joshua Garcia

    because of street food I ´ve never been so far from the side walk, because of street food I learned to meassure my servings and now i weight 80 kilos

  • Joshua Garcia

    I like the way topokki can be mixed with cream or spicy sauces

  • Joshua Garcia

    If I were a robot and only had 1% battery life I would charge it with some teopokki

  • Joshua Garcia

    love korea and its traditional street food

  • Nao Z

    My friend and I wanted to make a food tour to Jeonju before she leaves for her home country cuz we heard the food is AMAZING in Jeonju. But we didn’t have enough time and this is what we missed. T T.
    If she comes back to visit Korea, I’ll make sure to take her to Jeonju.

  • Nurseit Seitzhanov

    Street food is the first thing that to my mind when I think about traveling at Korea

  • Nurseit Seitzhanov

    And this place is what I call the heaven of street food

  • Nurseit Seitzhanov

    Having delicious hot food during the cold winter days is perfect for me and I guess for everybody

  • Joshua Garcia

    nobody loves jeonju more than me

  • Joshua Garcia

    im guilty of liking teopokki”

  • Joshua Garcia

    i heard woody allen likes jeonju´s street food

  • Joshua Garcia

    there is nothing like some delicious fish cake on a cold night

  • Joshua Garcia

    i have a video about korean street food, great

  • Joshua Garcia

    i think that wold peace can be achieved by eating korean street food in jeonju

  • Joshua Garcia

    wonder if ill have some teopokki, ramyon or delicious kimpab tonight

  • Joshua Garcia

    cause jeonju i will be loving you till were 70

  • Joshua Garcia

    when i was six years old i tried my first korean food

  • Joshua Garcia

    my friends all like these kind of things even when they know our stomachs will hurt later

  • Joshua Garcia

    great to have delicious street food like this

  • Joshua Garcia

    i dont wanna go to jail, but if i see street food from jeonju ill take it and maybe pay later

  • Joshua Garcia

    my professor is from jeonju and sometimes he takes me there

  • Joshua Garcia

    what if we all forget about fighting and just eat delicious jeonju food

  • Joshua Garcia

    jeonju: the place with the best korean food

  • Joshua Garcia

    jeonju´s street food score: 200/10

  • Joshua Garcia

    guess what, there is always a jeonju in all of us

  • Joshua Garcia

    guess jeonju was always in our hearts all this time and just didnt notice

  • Joshua Garcia

    heard that jhon mayer is from jeonju, but i dont think so since he has english accent

  • Joshua Garcia

    some teopokkki and a coca cola in this weather,,, ufffff!!!

  • Joshua Garcia

    nice to know that dt cannot have teoppokki every day and i can

  • Joshua Garcia

    my friend amy is from the US and she loves korean food

  • Joshua Garcia

    i am half korean, i mean maybe 1/4 korean but not sure because i had this dream where i was 100% korean

  • Joshua Garcia

    rest assure that i will have jeonju with me forever

  • Joshua Garcia

    best about jeonju: all

  • Joshua Garcia

    jeonju culture, jeonju food, all great

  • Julien Tham

    All of the suggestions look delicious! Can’t wait to see how it compares to the street food I have had in Seoul and Jeju

    • Julien Tham

      Anyone else have any recommendations on must visit restaurants in Jeonju?

  • Joshua Garcia

    royal herb tonic tea is nice

  • Joshua Garcia

    heard that many food in korea are nice for your health and delicious

  • Joshua Garcia

    when i get married i wanna have some street food in korea

  • Joshua Garcia

    mandu is so chewy woow

  • Thandar Aung

    my mouth is watering while looking this post

  • Thandar Aung

    attracting me to run over to jeonju now

  • Thandar Aung

    food is good for ur health

  • Thandar Aung

    eat a lot. mani mokgaw

  • MinJi Jung

    Yum Yum Yum!! I particularly love the hotteoks and boongeopaang!! on a cold winter day nothing can warm you up like some sweet relishes…if you are in korea during the winter, you must try them!!

  • Qasim Sultan

    delicious

  • Qasim Sultan

    Hotteok is love

  • Qasim Sultan

    this best snack I ever found is Hotteok

  • Qasim Sultan

    I wish I can try that in Jeonju too

  • Joshua Garcia

    all that food looks so yummi!!

  • Joshua Garcia

    wish i could go to jeonju every day to eat delicious food

  • Joshua Garcia

    look at that teopokki, fills my soul

  • Joshua Garcia

    those smily faces of people having fun while working, nice

  • Joshua Garcia

    they say that if you are happy while making food it will taste better, good to see jeonju people is like that

  • Joshua Garcia

    heard G dragon likes going to jeonju from time to time

  • Joshua Garcia

    80 yeard making mandu? wooow

  • Joshua Garcia

    Wonjo Jungang Chapsal Hottuk looks delicious

  • Joshua Garcia

    pleas dont like to youself and eat some street food, youll love it

  • Joshua Garcia

    waiting for the time i can eat jeonju food once more

  • Joshua Garcia

    will go to jeonju now just to get some food, brb

  • Kanna Orikasa

    I really shouldn’t eat these kinds of foods, but hoddeok is just too good ^^

  • Jon

    All of this street food looks so good!!

  • Joshua Garcia

    WANT SOME OF THAT TRATIDIONAL ICE CREAM

  • Joshua Garcia

    nice food, nice city

  • Joshua Garcia

    want a place to sit and eat, is there such place in jeonju

  • Joshua Garcia

    gotta be there soon

  • Joshua Garcia

    what if we all go and order some delicious traditional snacks

  • Tetiana Slusar

    Wow, very informative review. Had no idea that there are so many types of winter street food. Thank you for sharing your experience!

  • Joshua Garcia

    this i such a nice review, thanks

  • Joshua Garcia

    there are so many kinds of food to enjoy in jeonju, and so cheap

  • Joshua Garcia

    thanks for sharing this with us, we all love jeonju because it is beautiful

  • Joshua Garcia

    wanna take my family here

  • Joshua Garcia

    wish i can go to jeonju and have some nice food every now and then

  • Joshua Garcia

    great that jeonju is still a nice place to visit after all these years

  • Thandar Aung

    for me, food is good in every season not only winter.

  • Thandar Aung

    always want to eat those street foods not only in winter

  • Thandar Aung

    i like jinpang madu

  • Thandar Aung

    while posting this, my mouth is watering a lot

  • Thandar Aung

    this post makes my appetite return

  • John John

    streetfood in jeonju is the best!

  • John John

    I especially loved the tuigim and toppokki!

  • Veronica Satriani

    I know, when I went there it was hard to choose what to eat!

  • Veronica Satriani

    If only my stomach had no limits, I would try all of it!