Each country has its own version of street food that is cheap and affordable, and comes in a wide range of sweet or savory options. Korea is no exception to that.
The bustling streets of Seoul, particularly Myeongdong, is filled with stalls at which you can find tteokbokki— rice cakes swimming in a sweet and spicy sauce— along with grilled scallops topped with cheese, Oreo churros, and so much more. One of my personal favorites is a sweet and crunchy treat called Fried Milk.
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Aside from beauty products, Kpop merch and little knickknacks, Myeongdong at night has its share of stalls that sell varieties of street food. Here are some of the options that I tried out on my trip to Korea last May. ❤️ ——— ? Fried Milk Cubes: honestly I have no idea what these are called. Mum said she had something similar, which was called Cow’s Brain, but that didn’t sound too appetizing (it wasn’t a literal brain by the way. They just call it that because of the consistency). This dessert is basically gelatinous cubes of milk encased in deep fried, fluffy batter. ? It comes with a generous helping of powdered sugar and malt for added texture. ❤️ These cubes are creamy and warm, not too sweet, and quite tasty, if I do say so myself. —— ? Oreo Churros: this is a must-have for sure! This snack features a deep-fried chocolatey Oreo churro stick with some sugary bits sprinkled over it. ?Every churro comes with a packet of Oreo cream that you can drizzle over for added sweetness and creaminess too. ? Be careful though— this stuff gets messy. ? Biting into a crunchy warm churro mixed with creamy sweetness… it’s really heavenly on a cold night in Korea. ❤️ ——— Myeongdong is located in Seoul, Korea. ?? ——— #food #foodblog #foodblogger #foodpic #foodie #foodgasm #foodporn #seoul #korea #instagram #instapic #korean #sweet #snack #throwback #follow #followme #like #best #eat #yummy #review #recommend #cheatday #cute #igers #zomato #share #streetfood #oreos
These deep-fried cubes of milk come with a yellow batter, much like tempura. When you bite into it, you get a custard, milky consistency that just melts in your mouth. And to seal the deal? Decadent condensed milk that you drizzle over in for some extra sweetness. Yum!
Thanks to a great tip from food blogger Paola Mae Torres (IG: @foodventuresbyfrapao), you can now recreate these indulgent treats at home.
Fried Milk Cubes
- 2 tbsp. of flour
- 1/4 cup of sugar
- 1 tbsp. of vanilla
- 60 ml of condensed milk
- 2 cups of milk
- Slurry (cornstarch + milk or water)
For the Batter:
- 1 cup of flour
- 1/4 cup of cornstarch
- 1 and 1/2 tsp of baking powder
- 100 ml of water or milk
- Cooking oil
- Set the heat to medium. In a pan, add your flour and sugar, and stir.
- Gradually pour in the milk while stirring your flour and sugar. Make sure there are no lumps.
- Next, add your condensed milk and keep mixing. In a separate bowl, combine cornstarch and water to make a slurry. Make sure to use cold or room temperature water for this; otherwise the mixture will “cook” right away.
- Pour the slurry into the mixture. Keep mixing until the mixture becomes sticky.
- Transfer to a container, smooth it out, and let it cool. Let it freeze for three hours.
- When gelatinous in form, cut into cubes.
- In a separate bowl, make the batter by mixing in your flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and water or milk. Make sure there are no lumps.
- Have a separate plate with some flour ready. Coat your milk cubes in the flour, and dip them into the batter.
- Heat your oil in a pan over medium to high heat. Carefully drop your dredged milk cubes in and let them fry until the exterior is golden brown.
- Serve with condensed milk on the side. Enjoy!
Watch a video tutorial here:
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