Korean snacks are a huge hit amongst Singaporeans, made popular by Korean dramas and of course, K-Pop idols! With a myriad of flavours available to suit different palates, there is something for everyone. Whether you’re missing out on the snacks you get when traveling in Korea or perhaps you’re just curious about the hype around Korean snacks, we thought it was high time we did a guide on some of the best Korean snacks every Singaporean needs to try at least once!
Best savoury Korean snacks to try this 2021
1. Cosmos Sweet and Hot Tteokbokki Snack
If you’re hankering for some hearty Korean street food like Tteokbokki or spicy Korean rice cakes, get your hands on the Cosmos Sweet and Hot Snack (available on Shopee Supermarket), one of the best Korean snacks you have to try! This snack is a crunchier version of the savoury and starchier original rice cake but still oh-so-good!
2. Sajo Corn Dog
Featured in the popular K-drama Start-Up, where the grandma in the series opened a corn dog truck at Yeouido Hangang park, this is one Korean snack that has become wildly popular. The Sajo Corn Dog (available on SL Foods Official Store) has a crispy outer layer and an inner layer with a chewy sausage and buttery, tangy mozzarella cheese that stretches with every bite!
These corn dogs can be prepared easily by heating them up in the microwave oven. Perfect for those of us who want a quick munch to fill our tummies!
3. Korean Turtle Chips
Do not worry, these Korean snacks aren’t made of turtle parts but rather they’re just shaped like turtle shells. The ORION Turtle Chip Corn Soup Flavor (available on Kobee Market, Korean Premium Shop) reminds us of creamy corn soup. Its four-layered chip will leave you munching through them in satisfaction. Turtle chips are also available in Injeolmi, Choco Churros, and Sweet Cinnamon flavour. Be sure to try these highly popular Korean snacks the next time you’re craving something fun and yummy!
4. Paldo Shrimp Snack
The Paldo Shrimp Snack (available on Shopee Supermarket) is one of the best Korean snacks that’s loved by both kids and adults. The seafood flavour is extremely fresh and rich, with each bite giving you a delightful burst of flavours. Get this together with the Paldo Crab Snack (available on Shopee Supermarket) to snack on while catching up on the latest dramas!
5. Roasted Korean Seaweed Snack
If you’re looking for a low calorie snack to munch on, seaweed is your best bet. The CJ Bibigo Savory Roasted Korean Seasoned Seaweed (available on Shopee Supermarket) is one of the best Korean seaweed snacks that is rich in nutrients, low in calories, and does not contain MSG. If you’re craving for something more filling, we hear Dongwon YangBan’s rice porridges are also widely popular!
6. Lotte Kokkal Corn
Another less sinful way to snack is to opt for corn snacks instead! The Lotte Kokkal Corn (available on Shopee Supermarket) is a delicious cone-shaped snack — you’ll definitely remember sticking them on your fingers and eating them off it as a kid. We love that it has a hint of sweet grilled corn flavour, while being savoury and addictive.
7. Cosmos Hot and Sweet Chicken Ball
This Cosmos Hot and Sweet Chicken Ball (available on Shopee Supermarket) is one of the best Korean snacks you have to try! Contrary to its name, the snack doesn’t taste like chicken. However, you get to taste three kinds of flavours — sweet, savoury and spicy, all in one bite! Plus, this highly popular Korean snack comes in convenient bite-sized pieces. You’ll also appreciate the small packets as you won’t feel guilty about finishing it all at once.
8. No Brand Tortilla Chips
If you’re a fan of tortilla chips, you’ve got to try the No Brand Tortilla Chips (available on Shopee Supermarket)! It’s flavourful enough to be enjoyed on its own, but extra delicious when paired with dips like salsa!
9. Lotte Rice Snack
Curb your savoury cravings with the yummy Lotte Rice Snack (available on Shopee Supermarket)! This is one of the best Korean snacks that is made from healthy ingredients and contains 53% rice content, so your snack sesh is less sinful.
Best sweet Korean snacks to try this 2021
10. HaiTai x Calbee Honey Butter Chips
The HaiTai Honey Butter Chips (available on Shopee Supermarket) is one of the best Korean snacks that took Korea by storm a few years back, igniting a honey butter craze — just like the salted eggs frenzy in Singapore. If you love a sweet and salty combination, you’ll surely love these honey butter chips! It’ll tickle your taste buds in the most delightful ways, and you won’t stop reaching for more!
11. Korean Bagel Chips
While we’re on the topic of chips, how do you feel about bagel chips? These Bagel Chips (available on K-SEAFOOD) come in delicious flavours such as honey butter and garlic butter! We think this might just be your new go-to snack. Those with a sweet tooth can get the Chocolate Cinnamon Bagel Chips (available on YANG’S SHOP) instead to satisfy your cravings!
12. Jjondeugi Traditional Korean Snack
This traditional Korean snack is making waves! Konjac Jjondeugi Chewy Snack (available on KOKO.kr) is a chewy diet snack that’s made of pumpkin and sweet potato. Jjondeugi snack also contains konjac that’s a starchy root that helps to keep you fuller for longer. You can eat the snack as it is or do it like the Koreans by sprinkling some ramen seasoning followed by grilling them to bring out its full flavours.
Similar to its Japanese counterpart, Pocky, the South Korean Pepero variant brings to the table other flavours like Almond Chocolate Pepero and White Cookie Pepero (both available on Shopee Supermarket).
Fun fact – Koreans believe that because of the long and thin shape of a Pepero stick, one can grow taller. Interestingly, Pepero Day (or Korea’s V-Day part two) was inspired by this Korean snack. Try the cheeky Pepero stick challenge with a special someone, perhaps? Each player has to put one end of the Pepero stick into their mouth and bite away. You might just get an ‘accidental’ kiss!
14. Hershey’s Mint Cream Sandwich Cookies
With mint chocolate flavoured soju, fried chicken and even toothpastes popping out in Korea, it’s safe to say that the mint chocolate obsession is real. First loved in ice cream form, this sweet, fresh flavour has gained itself a loyal fandom. Whether you’re skeptical or not, you’ve got to try it for yourself! For starters, get the Hershey Mint Chocolate Sandwich Cookies (available on Shopee Supermarket) that combines soft, dark Hershey cocoa with crunchy cookies!
15. Lotte ABC Choco Cookie Mint
Another chocolate mint cookie to try is the Lotte ABC Choco Cookie Mint (available on Shopee Supermarket)! Instead of a sandwich, this snack is a chocolate cookie topped with a bar of mint chocolate. It’s bite-sized which makes it fuss-free to snack on!
16. Mini choco bread spread
If you’re on board with the mint chocolate trend, incorporate it into your daily breakfast toasts with the Mint Choco Spread (available on Sugarfree.factory.sg)! Despite being sugar free, the taste is not compromised so you can enjoy it without guilt. It’s recommended to pair your choco mint toast with yoghurt or sparkling water!
17. Oreo O’s
Hands up if you love having cereals as a snack! Korea’s Oreo O’s cereal (available on Kobee Market, Korean Premium Shop) is an Oreo flavoured cereal that tastes just as good as their cream-filled cookie relatives! A packet of Oreo O’s includes chocolate rings sprinkled with cream and marshmallow bits!
We bet you can already imagine the explosion of flavours in your mouth! Simply pour milk over a bowl of Oreo O’s or have it without milk — as you please. Either way, don’t miss out on one of the best Korean snacks on the list!
18. Lotte Dream Cacao Chocolate
To all our Korean drama fans out there, we know this ain’t a foreign snack to you! Featured in Hospital Playlist, the Lotte Dream Cacao Caniser 56% Chocolate (available on Shopee Supermarket) is a popular Korean snack in 2021 that you have to try! It has a full-bodied chocolate taste and is packed with antioxidants, helping to reduce the risk of heart-related diseases.
Additionally, Cocoa from the cacao trees boosts energy and endorphin levels — keeping you in a happier mood for longer! Not to mention, Lotte Confectionery is one of the best known Korean food producer brands. Do we need to give any more reasons for you to grab a bottle today? We think not!
19. Lotte Choco Pie
When we talk about chocolate, we must bring up Choco Pie! This is one of the most iconic Korean snacks ever with some even considering it as Korea’s national snack. The Lotte Choco Pie (available on Shopee Supermarket) is most easily characterised by the two-sponge cakes with marshmallow filling topped with an exterior luscious chocolate coating.
20. BeBecook My First Duo Flavour Rice Rusk
Get your little ones on board with the best Korean snacks! The BeBecook My First Duo Flavour Rice Rusk (available on Shopee Supermarket) is a great way to soothe your teething baby. Made of organic Korean white rice and sweet potato, this snack easily dissolves in the mouth. It’s also shaped in an easy-to-hold design, so you can let your little one attempt to self-feed too!
21. Crown Sando Choco
The Crown Sando Choco (available on Shopee Supermarket) biscuit is the perfect accompaniment with a cup of coffee or tea. It contains buttery vanilla biscuits and a soft, creamy chocolate filling in between!
22. Cookie & Cream Almond
One of the most popular Korean snacks in 2021 is almonds. From fun flavours like honey butter to black sesame, we’re just spoilt for choices. Cookie and cream fans will love the Honey Butter & Friends Cookie & Creme Almond (available on Shopee Supermarket). These small Korean almond snacks have a nice crunch effect that’ll leave you reaching for more!
23. Orion Market O Brownie
These brownies in a packet will be the perfect snack on days you need to get through piles of work. The Orion Market O Brownies (available on Kobee Market, Korean Premium Shop) are made from chocolate, Korean eggs, minimum wheat, and butter, for a chewy consistency. If you love brownies but are not in the mood to bake one from scratch then this is one Korean snack you must have on hand.
24. Lotte Waffles
Korean snacks can be overwhelming at times so here’s a snack that is classic and simple. The Lotte Waffles (available on Shopee Supermarket) is a rich, buttery waffle biscuit that’s roasted to a perfect golden texture. It comes individually wrapped so you don’t have to worry about them getting stale!
25. Banana Kick
Korean banana milk is a must-have when visiting South Korea. If you’re a fan of it, then you must try the snack equivalent, Nongshim Banana Kick (available on liviart.sg). However, this is a hit-or-miss Korean snack for many as it is made from corn flour with banana powder and is on the sweeter side. Some wouldn’t mind the sweetness but if you prefer savoury snacks, then this might not be for you.
26. Lotte Binch Mocha Biscuit
If Cafe Mocha is your go-to drink for coffee runs, you’ll definitely need to try the Lotte Binch Mocha Biscuit (available on Shopee Supermarket), one of the best Korean snacks that has been highly raved! These shortbread biscuits are half filled with mocha coating — a delicious treat to enjoy as a midday pick-me-up snack.
27. Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
We don’t know about you but we can’t pass up a chewy cookie. The CW Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie (available on Nanas Korea) is the perfect Korean snack to chase away any Monday blues. This cookie will not only boost your mood but also has an addictive mochi-like texture that’ll melt in your mouth from the moment of your first bite. Since we love all things mochi, this one is definitely going high up on our list.
28. Lotte Yogurt Jelly
If you’re a fan of Yakult and gummy bears, the Lotte Yogurt Jelly (available on Shopee Supermarket) will be right up your alley as they’re basically Yakult flavoured gummies! The gummies are shaped like a bottle and offer a mild fruity and tart flavour.
29. Lotte Margaret Middle
The Lotte Margaret Middle (available on Shopee Supermarket) is one of the best Korean snacks that you can enjoy for breakfast or tea time. It consists of baked soft cookies with a rich nutty cream that melts in your mouth. If you’re a fan of peanut butter, you’ll surely love this popular snack in 2021 too.
Transport yourself to the streets of Seoul with the CJ Hotteok Mix (available on Shopee Supermarket)! Hotteok is a Korean sweet pancake that is a popular street snack in Korea. It’s a golden fried dough with gooey brown sugar and a variety of nuts encased within! This hot snack is best enjoyed during a cold rainy day.
Best Korean snacks for the Seoul
Stock up on your favourite Korean snacks on Shopee Supermarket during our 11.11 Big Sale for the best bang for your buck! Pair them with the best soju flavours and enjoy them with the best Korean dramas in 2021 to unwind after a long day. After you’re done with the K world, head over and check our collection of local snacks and take the quiz to find out which local snack you are! Happy feasting!
This article was updated on 9 November 2021. Additional research done by Liang Shi Nan.