Korea Diary | Wandering BIFF (Day 27, Part 2)

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Our bellies weren't very filled from the seafood lunch we ate, so we were off to find some street eats. The Jalgachi market was opposite a main shopping area in Busan called BIFF or PIFF Square. BIFF  or Busan International Film Festival is an annual event that is held in Busan. I don't think the festival itself takes place at the square since it is very akin to Myeongdong in Seoul: shopping and street eats.

Seoul, Korea - Summer Study Abroad 2014 - Busan waffle and bread street vendor
Seoul, Korea - Summer Study Abroad 2014 - Busan apple jam waffle

The waffles with ice cream I had in Sinchon were great, but the apple jam waffle we got in Busan was unbeatable. Melting ice cream will easily compromise the crunchy exterior of waffles. Apple jam with a light spreading of whipped cream will not. For those who want something sweet, filling, and heartwarming, this would be the type of waffle for you! I would imagine this to be excellent on a cold wintery day. The best part was this snack was only ₩1,500.

We also bought some of the peanut shaped breads and egg shaped breads. But my recommendation is 100% for the waffle.

Seoul, Korea - Summer Study Abroad 2014 - Busan BIFF Sunflower Seed Hoddeok

Another beauty of Busan street snacks: sunflower seed hoddeok or ssiat hoddeok 씨앗 호떡. Hoddeok is a very common filled & fried pancake street snack found in Korea. In Seoul, we mostly saw ones filled with the traditional sugar, cinnamon, and nuts combo. Certain specialty shops and vendors may have a japchae filled version. The sunflower seed type was more typical in Busan.

I really liked the traditional version because of the gooey melted sugar filling. However, if not careful it was super easy to burn the tongue from the sugar syrup interiors. The sunflower seed hoddeok would save you that pain. The filling mixture was sweet but there wasn't nearly as much molten sugar. Crunchy sweet seeds and fluffy fried dough were an expectingly good combination. Another must try if spotted! If you have a lot of spare change might as well get a few, it was ₩1,000 a piece.

Seoul, Korea - Summer Study Abroad 2014 - Stationary shop visitors art

Seoul, Korea - Summer Study Abroad 2014 - Busan art

Seoul, Korea - Summer Study Abroad 2014 - Busan pet shop sleepy puppy

With the rain continuing to pour, we spent most of the afternoon dodging it in various clothing and stationary shops. So many cute things were spotted along the way!