Along with K-pop and K-dramas, South Korean food has garnered a huge following over the years.
While it has become a matter of course today to find South Korean food outside of South Korea, in its country of origin, you typically find street food at bunsikjap (snack bars), pojangmacha (street stalls) and traditional markets.
If you are looking for gastronomic adventure for your eyes only, here are 10 channels focusing on Korean street food to subscribe to on YouTube:
Almost all the Korean street food YouTube channels are just videos of food vendors preparing ingredients and cooking.
There are usually no captions or explanations of what is going on or notes on their recipes as they focus more on the ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response – it’s a thing) of the whole process.
In a world of information overload though, ASMR videos of Korean street food being prepared have garnered millions of views.
ETTV for instance, has at least 1.33 million subscribers.
Meanwhile, the channel’s most popular video has 28 million views.
The 4-minute and 33-second long video shows how a street vendor makes cheese egg bread.
It is a popular Korean street food gyeran bbang but with cheese on top.
ETTV also features other street foods such as Indian, Taiwanese and Thailand.
2.MUKKEBI Street Food
It has been awhile since MUKKEBI Street Food last updated its channel but its ‘old’ content is still worth-watching.
With 286,000 subscribers, the channel features Korean street food such as sundae.
Sundae is a popular street food in both North and South Korea. For those who don’t know, sundae is actually blood sausage.
It is generally made of a mixture of meat, dangmyeon (glass noodles) and vegetables stuffed into steamed cow or pig’s intestines.
On top of that, MUKKEBI Street Food has a playlist featuring Malaysian food.
Here you can find Malaysian street food such as roti John, fried oyster omelette and good old Ramly burger.
Yummyboy joined YouTube on Dec 8, 2018 and now has collected 3.21 millions subscribers.
It’s most popular video, however, is a video of a Thai street vendor in Chiang Mai expertly stripping a coconut with a machete and opening it. So far that video has garnered 57 million views.
Meanwhile, the Korean street food videos are divided into different playlist according to their respective locations.
Altogether, there are at least 751 videos focusing on Korean street food alone.
Claiming to be a food channel that introduces delicious street food, Soon Films now has 651,000 subscribers.
Apart from South Korea, Soon Films feature street food from Vietnam, Thailand, Japan, Malaysia and Taiwan.
For strawberry lovers, the channel has a whole playlist dedicated to street food made of strawberries.
Its most popular video shows how a chocolatier skillfully makes and packs chocolates in Bucheon, South Korea.
This video alone has 28 million viewers watching it.
This YouTube channel has food making videos from the streets of Jeolla, Busan, Daejoon, Gangwon, Gyeonggi and Incheon.
Besides, FoodieLand has the affinity to feature cheap street food and old lady vendors on its channel.
While the channel has just started making videos in 2020, the content looks promising.
Overall, it already gathered 153 million views.
Tteokbokki is a popular Korean street food made from rice cakes cooked with fish cakes, scallions and boiled eggs.
The most common seasoning is with spicy gochujang.
On the channel YumYum, there are plenty of videos featuring vendors cooking tteokbokki.
It even shows viewers the best teteokbokki shops in Seoul, Busan and Daegu cities to visit.
Apart from tteokbokki, YumYum’s other playlist of videos making toast, sundae, seafood and dessert.
With 471,000 subscribers, this Korean street food channel has already 141 million views since its inception in November, 2019.
It offers various types of ‘How do they make it’ videos, from trendy food like souffle pancake to the classic kimbap.
Similar to other YouTubers on this list, YummyYammy divides its videos according to location.
Hence, making it easy for viewers who are looking for what to eat in a particular city or province in South Korea.
Besides showcasing how Korean street food is made, the Food Kingdom channel offers its 1.06 million subscribers what goes on behind the scenes in food factories.
How about a glimpse of the world’s largest handmade candy factory in Jeju island?
Or a Korean confectionery that mass produces desserts such as cream cakes, Swiss rolls and macaroons?
If you are fascinated with how food is made, this is definitely a channel for you.
It is all about size and quantity for this Korean street food channel; the more the better.
FoodStory offers video content of people making food in huge quantities or larger than life utensils.
Have you seen a griddle the size of a pool table? Or 1000kg of strawberries made into cakes?
You can watch these videos on FoodStory.
Here is another Korean YouTuber who is rather new but has already gathered 4.2 million views in total.
His most viewed video already hitting 700,000 views and it features another famous Korean street food.
The video shows how pig feet are made and cooked before they reach its customers.