Monday, December 16, 2013

Noms in Asia 1: 'Goldfish Bread'

I bid adieu to New York last week for a short trip to my parents' and brother's homes in South Korea and Hong Kong, respectively, which means no "foodventures" (food adventures) in the Big Apple for a while. But, this also means even more exciting foodventures are forthcoming as I hit up my favorite places in Korea and explore Hong Kong!

I'll start this series with one of my favorite winter street foods in Korea: the boong uh bbang (붕어빵). Directly translated, it means "goldfish bread," which comes from the cute shape of this snack food. Boong uh bbang is warm, toasted bread that's crunchy on the outside and soft and gooey on the inside, filled with a red bean paste. It's perfect for the chilly days and very affordable (though the price varies throughout the country) — only around $1 for three.

Boong uh bbang (붕어빵)
Streets of Korea

I would highly, highly recommend this to anyone visiting South Korea in the winter (they sadly don't sell these on the streets in the warmer months). It's only $1 for three of these — what's there to lose? 


  1. Oooh, I think I've had one of these before with vanilla ice cream in addition to the red bean filling! Not as fresh, warm, crispy, and delicious looking as this one though. Hope you're having a good trip and can't wait to see you when you're back in NYC!!

    1. Oh yeah, I heard the ice cream ones were good too! I don't think I've had one though. Miss youuuu~