KOREAN STREET TOAST
Easy Korean Street Toast 길거리 토스트 만들기
Spring onion, carrot and cabbage omelette, ham and cheddar cheese sandwiched between butter toasted bread. A great on the go street toast breakfast that has taken South Korea by storm. Yum!
Watch my Easy Korean Street Toast Recipe Video (3m 21s)
How are your New Year’s resolutions going? I have a confession to make. I don’t have any resolutions. Why? Because I never lose weight and I cook all day, so, I am not making a plan to go on a diet. Also, I decided that I am not going to take the end of the last year and the first day of the new year seriously. It is like yesterday and today. I want to be happy and everyday morning should be taken like New Year’s morning!
During the morning commute in Korea, you can find plenty of people queuing up to buy street toasts and coffee or cold drinks at the many toast shops that have popped up over the last ten years. They are fast, cheap, delicious and nutritious. What else would you want for breakfast?
When I was doing my master’s degree, there was a toast shop in front of the bus stop opposite of my university building. There were a few toast shops in that area, but that one was the most popular. Whenever I passed that shop, I could see the queue outside. The shop was tiny, so, people had to queue outside.
Street toast shops are a relatively new phenomenon in Korea and weren’t there when I was in university for my undergraduate degree. I did my master’s much later as a mature student. The first time I went to a toast shop with a friend of mine, I thought it was brilliant! There were only a few downtown at the time, the shop’s decoration was so feminine with flowery wallpapers and table cloths. Everything was very cheap, so, we could have quite a lot of food. 😉 We had a good chat and went shopping. I miss those times. I miss my Korean friends a lot…
The workers who cook these toasts are very quick, so, you don’t need to wait long. There are lots of options to choose from such as adding bacon, cheese slices, extra cheese, extra vegetables, even jam! Some places sell smoothies, fresh fruit juice, coffee, tea, soda, etc…
Later on, I could see these kind of shops everywhere, even franchises. In Korea, it is common to eat this toast for breakfast as a takeaway or in a shop nowadays. Probably every bus stop and subway stop, you can see a street toast seller. The restaurant and takeaway food industry is huge in Korea!
The most important tip to cook this food is to chop the cabbage and carrots really thinly. As thin as you can manage. I use a mandoline as it saves time. Otherwise, the cabbages and carrots won’t cook well in the omelette. I added grated cheese but you can use a slice of American cheese if you prefer. Also, I added ham but that is optional. Omelette and ham is the most popular street toast combo in Korea. You can add bacon or sausages if you want to instead of ham or as well as ham! ^^
- 4 Large Eggs
- A pinch of Sea Salt
- A pinch of Pepper
- 1 Spring Onion (15g), finely chopped
- 35g Carrots, finely chopped
- 100g Cabbage, finely chopped
- 4 Slices of Bread
- 40g Cheddar Cheese, grated
- 4 Slices of Ham
- Put the eggs in a bowl and add the salt and pepper. Whisk until mixed well.
- Add the spring onions, carrots and cabbage to the egg mixture. Mix them well.
- Heat a frying pan over a low heat, spread some butter around the pan and pour in the egg and vegetable mixture. Try to shape the egg/veg mixture into a rectangle. It gets easier as the eggs cook.
- When the omelette is cooked on one side, cut it in half and flip each one carefully. When they are cooked, remove them to a plate.
- Wipe the frying pan with some kitchen towel, add a little more butter and toast the bread. When one side is done, flip them over and start to toast the other side.
- Add the cheese to two slices of the bread. Lay the omelette and ham on top of the cheese and spread on some ketchup while the bottom side of the bread is toasting. Work quickly so you don’t burn the underneath.
- When the bread is toasted on the bottom, put the other slice of toast on top of the ketchup to make a sandwich. Repeat with the remaining slice. Now, your toast is ready to go! Enjoy it with a glass of milk or a cup of coffee. It is perfect for a lazy weekend breakfast. ^^