Food Trip Sunday: Eomuk (Fish cake) of South Korea

Sunday, April 13, 2014

food stalls selling different street foods in South Korea
On our sixth day in South Korea, we went to Gangwon-do to witness the Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival. It is an annual event that is being held in the town of Hwacheon, located in the northernmost part of Gangwon-do and near Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). The main event of this festival is Ice fishing, where you can experience catching an indigenous mountain trout that thrives in the ice cold river.
Maki and I
Train ride for about an hour and a half, bus ride for an hour and 30 minutes just to find the bus terminal going to Hwacheon. It took us 3 hours to reach the town. When we arrived, the weather was great. Though it's very cold, the sun is up and the skies are blue. It was my first time to walk in a river covered with a thick layer of ice. "What if it cracks? How will I swim in this river with subzero temperature?" I had this silly thought in my head. Lol.

skewered on a stick
We wanted to try some of the activities, but because we're freezing already, we decided to pig out instead. A lot of food stalls were scattered offering different street foods and outdoor barbeque. I love hanging out in this area because it's warm. We bought some Eomuk (Fishcake) and the ahjussi gave us broth in paper cups. 
perfect food for cold winter days :)
Eomuk is a very popular street food in South Korea that is very abundant during the winter. Koreans call it Eomuk or Odeng, or in english simply Fishcake. It is a processed seafood product made of ground white fish, starch, sugar and veggies. It is skewered on a stick and boiled with radish, anchovies, seaweed and other ingredients. 

I enjoyed eating Eomuk because it's warm and delicious. No wonder Gu Jun Pyo of Boys Over Flowers love this! Have you been to South Korea? What is your favorite korean street food? ^_^

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