I tried to look into what some of the street food options might be before I left – because I knew that street food would be a good way to eat cheaply and pretty well – and one thing I stumbled across was the tornado potato. It’s basically a spiral cut potato that is skewered onto a big stick. It looks, for lack of a better word, awesome. And it tastes pretty good, too. It’s a cross between a potato chip and a french fry. The stand I found served them with a generous dusting of salt and put out a plate of parmesan cheese that you could roll the potato around in for some extra flavoring. I didn’t eat it right off the stick, but pulled pieces off as through they were potato chips. Yum.
This tornado was about 18-inches long (I saw some that were smaller). I found – and ate it – in Myeong-dong, but saw them in several other parts of the city.