Hungry at 2 in the morning? No problem.
Whether you’re craving something fried, spicy, or neither, Korean street vendors have something delicious to offer you. These movable food stations, known as 포장마차 (pojangmacha), are a night-owl’s best friend. They offer a variety of street foods — ranging from ddukbokki to mandu to teriyaki skewers to waffle desserts. Most are open through the afternoon and evening and often into the wee hours of the morning (on the weekend, which starts on Thursday), though of course it depends on the vendor.
My personal favorite in Sinchon is “the waffle man,” as a few of us at Yonsei refer to him. Though he left us hanging during a few weeks of July/August (he claims it was too hot to be out), he’s now back for good until the winter. His stand’s specialty is the waffle cream/ice cream sandwich, and it’s right up there with patbingsoo in my book. (His waffle desserts, specifically. Other stands just aren’t the same…) My favorite flavor so far is the sweet potato (goguma) cream, though the walnut and chocolate ice cream flavors are also good.
I’ll certainly miss seeing these around when I’m back in the States.