FEATURED PHRASES & WORDS:
Hello! (This formal greeting is used towards strangers and elders)
Anytime you want something, whether it be food or an item say, “Juseyo.” Which means, "Please give it to me." Place your desired noun before “juseyo.”
Please give me spicy rice cakes.
Please give me kimbap.
Please give me egg bread.
Please give me blood sausage.
Please give me carp-shaped pastry.
Let’s say you want ONE of something. Like ONE sweet Korean pancake. Then you’d say:
호떡 하나 주세요.
Hotteok hana juseyo.
Please give me one hotteok.
But what if you want two?
호떡 두개 주세요.
Hotteok doogae juseyo.
Please give me two hotteok.
If you don’t know the name of the food, then simplify your phrase by taking out the noun.
Please give me one.
If you want two, three, four or more of an item, fill in the blank. Use the Native Korean number system, not the Sino-Korean Number System.
Please give me _____ (pieces/units).
Please give me two.
Please give me three.
Please give me four.
Please give me five.
Please give me six.
If you don’t know the name of the item you want, point at the item and say:
Please give me this.
But maybe the item is a bit far from you. Then say:
Please give me that.
Sometimes you pay a set price per item. Other times you give them a price first. This situation can occur when you buy sweet potatoes and chestnuts.
5,000원 어치 주세요.
5,000 won eochi juseyo.
Please give me 5,000 won worth of it.
As the vendor prepares your food, you get your cash ready.
How much is it?
The vendor hands you the food. Be polite and say:
You have a bite of your amazing food. Woah, it is delicious. Let the vendor know.
맛있어요. 진짜 맛있어요.
Mashisseoyo. jinjja mashisseoyo.
It’s delicious. Really delicious.
As you leave, greet them goodbye with a slight bow.
Goodbye. (Use if you are leaving and the other person is staying where they are.)
A couple hours later, you’re dreaming about that crispy boongeohbbang. You want more. Or maybe you wanna get some for your friend. Whatever the case, when you go back to the stall, you say with a smile:
Here's a list of some popular Korean street foods:
순대 / soondae / blood sausage
떡볶이 / tteokbokki / spice cakes
붕어빵 / bungeoppang / carp-shaped pastry
김밥 / kimbap / Korean rolls
닭꼬치 / dalkggochi / chicken skewers
번데기 / beondegi / silkworm larvae
뽑기 / ppopgi / old-fashioned sugar candy
꿀타래 / kkultarae / dragon’s beard candy
계란빵 / gyeranbbang / egg bread
어묵 / eomuk / fishcake
고구마 / goguma / sweet potato
호떡 / hotteok / sweet Korean pancake