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Foreigners prefer teokbokki on streets

April 7, 2011 - 18:21 By 김경호
Teokbokki, a rice cake snack marinated with red pepper paste, was selected as the favorite street food among foreigners.

According to a survey by Kyung Hee University’s Institute of International Education of 455 foreigners from 62 countries residing in Korea, teokbokki topped the list with 31.1 percent. It was followed by dakkochi, skewered chicken; sundae, blood sausage; and tempura, deep-fried seafood or vegetables.

The majority, or 93.6 percent, of the respondents said they like Korean foods because they are delicious, full of nutrition and good for health.

Kimchi was the face of Korean food as 59 percent linked Korean foods with it. But bulgogi, grilled beef, was their overall favorite food followed by roasted ribs.

The respondents said they eat kimchi, grilled fish, seaweed and marinated vegetables the most in everyday life.

More than half, or 59.8 percent, said they can cook Korean food quite well. Their favorite recipes were kimchijjigae, kimchi broth; teokbokki and rice rolls.

By Bae Ji-sook (