10 Halal Snacks In Korea

halal snacks in korea
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Having been divided into two distinct sovereign states in 1948, Korea is a region in East Asia consisting of the Korean Peninsula, Jeju Island, and several minor islands near the peninsula. From painting and clothing to crafts and ceramics, Korea boasts a diverse cultural heritage that is unique in its own ways and attractive at the same time. It is a crowded country comprising of a cluster of stony mountains with only a few valleys and plains. Unlike other places, you cannot enter a Korean home with shoes as they have a special relationship with their floor on which they sit and often sleep. They have an affinity towards hygienic halal food. This article consists of 10 halal snacks in Korea. Read on to know more.

1. Pajeon

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Pajeon literally means green pancakes. This is a wonderful Korean snack comprising a variety of scallion with jeon as its major ingredients. This is a wonderful snack that could be eaten as an appetizer or light lunch. It’s delicious and nutritious. The tender scallion bestows a fresh, gentle bite without making the savory pancake too oniony combined with some sweet and flavorful dipping sauce compliments the crispy fried snack perfectly. It is the favorite snack for Koreans during the monsoon season or during the cold winter season. It is prepared from wheat flour, rice flour, eggs which are battered, and scallions.


Address: 62-4 Insadong-gil, Gwanhun-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Opening hours: 11 am - 11 pm Mon -Sun

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2. Twigim

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This refers to a savory Korean snack that comprises of vegetables of different kinds. It is the Korean version of tempura. These are Korean deep fried mouth-watering snacks that will leave you licking your fingers but at the same time, it’s healthy as it does not come with high-calorie content. If you are on vacation in Korea and you’re mindful about your health and calorie intake, then these sizzling, crispy, mouth-watering delights is a good choice that you should consider. It’s easy to find on the street snack joints. The chief ingredient includes vegetables, green spinach, shrimp, and sweet potatoes or eggs.

EID Halal Korean Food

Address: 67 Usadan-ro 10-gil, Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Opening hours: 11:30 am - 9 pm Tue - Sat, Closed on Monday

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3. Binch chocolate

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Binch chocolate is a perfect combination of crispy cookies and delicate melt-in-your-mouth chocolate. The snack comes with no preservatives, no artificial colors, and with an excellent combination of mouth-watering tastes. It’s an ideal snack that can be a part of breakfast or can be eaten as dessert. On their packaging, they are described as European Style Biscuit because they have a chocolate face and a biscuit back. Due to the right amount of sweetness they have, Binch chocolate is suitable for young kids so you don’t have to worry about feeding your kid too much sugar. Some of the ingredients include cocoa, vegetable oils, cocoa butter, vanilla, and milk just to name a few.

Makan Halal Restaurant

Address: 52 Usadan-ro 10-gil, Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Opening hours: 10:30am - 10pm Mon and Wed - Sun, Closed Tue

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4. Yachae Mandu

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For those who love dumplings, then the sight of this mouth-watering snack will leave you salivating. If you have a big family and you would love to treat them with some snacks, then this is a convenient and easy dish to make because it can be made in large quantities and stored in the freezer for future consumption. Yachae Mandu is made up of vegetables, eggs, tofu, and glass noodles. This snack is delicious and also versatile at the same time due to the different ways in which the delicacy can be prepared, like deep frying, steaming, boiling, pan frying, or add to soup.

Halal Kitchen

Address: 86-2 Samcheong-ro, Samcheong-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea, South Korea

Opening hours:12 pm - 3 pm, 5 pm - 8 pm, closed on Tue

Website: Halal Kitchen

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5. Ojingeo Gui

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This is the most popular skewed Korean food that is readily available on almost all snack vendors in the streets. It is prepared by inserting squid cubes in skewers and grilling them over a charcoal barbecue and then infusing it with rustic, earthy flavors. Ojingeo Gui, or also known as grilled squid, is a highly popular dish in Korean bars and streets, but it’s also very popular in various farms as snacks. They are always covered in a shiny, juicy, spicy sauce that gives the Ojingeo Gui this mouthwatering look that will always leave you tempted. The best way to serve it is while still sizzling and then cutting the rings with scissors before eating.

Bagdad Halal Jeju

Address: 38 Seogwang-ro 32-gil, Ido 2(i)-dong, Cheju, Jeju-do, South Korea

Opening hours: 11 am - 11 pm

Website: Bagdad Halal Jeju

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6. Eomuk

Street eomuk
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This is a healthier option to the tasty Korean snacks which have a lot of fat. Eomuk is Korean fish cakes which are usually served on sticks. It’s a complicated process to prepare these delicious snacks like other snacks because you just steam the eomuk skewers and then marinating them with a vegetable and seafood broth. For ultimate savory, make sure before you start enjoying the tantalizing fish cakes you dip them either in the nutritious broth or spice them up with gochujang, the traditional Korean chili sauce. Just one bite of this super delicious snack and you will definitely go back for more.

New Saladin Halal Restaurant

Address: 17 Gyedaedongmun-ro, Sindang-dong, Dalseo-gu, Daegu, South Korea

Opening hours: 10 am - 11 pm

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7. Hotteok

Gluten free hotteok
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Even after treating yourself to a bellyful with the Korean goodies, Hotteok is that kind of an irresistible guilty pleasure that somehow you always manage to find space for into your stuffed stomach. Are you always curious about flavors? Then this Korean dessert is one for the sweet tooth and the inquisitive food expert who likes to experiment with flavors. This traditional Korean dessert has always been a hot favorite to travelers. Just like a pancake, hotteok is also not complex in its preparation. However, there’s an extraordinary aspect to hotteok which is its dough that is stuffed with delicacies like nuts, honey, brown sugar, and to top it all, cinnamon. Every bite of this crispy dessert will leave you craving for more.

Osegye Hyang

Address: 14-5 Insadong 12-gil, Gwanhun-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Opening hours: 11:30 am - 9 pm Mon - Fri, 11:30 am - 4 pm, 5 pm - 9 pm Sat and Sun

Website: Osegye Hyang

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8. Kimbap

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This is a must try snack which is the Korean version of the Japanese sushi. For those operating under a tight budget, this tasty and still yet healthy snack is an ideal choice for you. It’s special from the sushi in that it offers to satisfy all taste buds. It is a roll of sticky rice in a layer of seaweed drizzled with vegetable oil and garnished with sesame seeds, just like the original sushi. Kimbap also comes along with various yummy fillings including seafood, pickled veggies, and tofu. Without considering the several varieties of the dish, the perfect Halal choice remains the Chamchi Kimbap, Korean sushi with tuna filling. Major ingredients are Gim and Bap.

Saffron Restaurant

Address: 59-5 Myeongdong 1(il)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Opening hours: 11 am - 11 pm

Website: Saffron Restaurant

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9. Tteok-bokki

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This is probably the snack that you’re almost sure to find being sold by every snack vendor in all the streets in Korea. Important to note though is that, especially if you’re a vegetarian, some vendors tend to add in fish and meat in their sauce to ensure it is Halal, but you can opt for a vegetarian sauce. It’s made from small-sized garae-tteok known as tteok-bokki-tteok. This attractive snack is sold in paper cups and it’s a mixture of chewy rice cake with a tantalizing authentic Korean sweet and spicy sauce made with red peppers known as gochujang, and fishcakes.

Lamb Kalbi HALAL Restaurant

Address: 17 Jangpyeong 2-ro 2-gil, Jangpyeong-dong, Geoje-si, Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea

Opening hours: 12 am - 12 pm, 5 pm - 12 am

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10. Bingsu

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When it comes to the world of ice cream, there are a lot of varieties that you can choose from. Bingsu is a traditional Korean dessert made from fine flavors shaved ice such as milk, chocolate, and yogurt. Due to the different kinds of topping ingredients such as fruit cocktails, fresh fruit, red bean, lngeolmi, cereal flakes, ice cream or whichever suits your preferences, Bingsu offers sweetness with diversity. Actually, some Bingsu will also be accompanied with condensed milk or sweet fruit syrup to put over the dessert. It’s most popular during the winter season, especially in East Asia. This is not like Italian ice which is served plain.

Salam Restaurant

Address: 39 Usadan-ro 10-gil, Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Opening hours: 11:30 am - 10 pm Tue - Sun, closed Mon

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Delicious halal snacks in Korea

If you’re a tourist visiting Korea and you love Halal snacks, you don’t have to worry because there’s a big list of delicious snacks that once you taste them, you’ll always recall.

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