Korean street food used to be a lot more abundant and a lot cheaper than it is now. But it’s still there if you know where to look, and it’s still cheaper than any other food you can get in Korea.
Away we go down memory lane….
When I first moved to Korea nine years ago, I didn’t have much money *and* I was trying to pay off student loans, so I was really trying to live as cheaply as possible. Couple that with the fact that I genuinely did think the street food was tasty and the fact that I love greasy things (have you not noticed how many junk food / fast food posts I’ve made?!), and also with the fact that I found the a la carte nature of Korean street food charming (you used to just stand there and eat, and then, when you were finished, tell the woman at the stand how many pieces you had eaten and she would tell you what you owed), and I ate Korean street food at least two or three times a week for lunch. One piece of deep-fried goodness used to be 200 or 300 won, so I could eat lunch for a dollar back in the day! Whee!