A bite of Seoul street food: Tornado Potato

Tornado Potato

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.

Me and the tornado


  1. Wow. What a trip. That tornado potato looks awesome! My parents live in Idaho and are vendors at their local farmer’s market. They are always looking for ideas like this to seel at the market. How fun!
    Safe travels!

  2. That is so fun! I’ve never seen anything like it.

  3. That looks so good. The essence of street food. Crispy and a bit tender?

    One of the best things about traveling is experiencing all of the great foods in other areas. Looking forward to what you find next!

  4. They had these at the Canadian National Exhibition this summer! I didn’t try one, but they certainly looked delicious! I wonder if they are an original Korean street food.


  5. ahhh that is my heaven right there!!! looks WONDERFUL!!

  6. Loving these little posts. Never did see these before….but one reader says they saw them at the CNE. If indeed they are a Korean street food…then look how great we are in a multi-cultural world of food sharing! Love it!

  7. Wow, that looks so cool. I’ve never seen one before I wonder how difficult it would be to make at home?

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