Tornado Potato

Seoul Travel Guides / November 15, 2016
Tornado Potato Image credit: Young Sok Yun 윤영석

The tornado potato, one of the trendiest food items to hit the streets recently, traces its origin to Seoul – specifically, Myeongdong. A culinary genius had the inventiveness to skewer a whole potato, lay it out thin, but just the right thinness to allow it to hold salty flavored powder.

If you’ve never seen a tornado potato all your life, imagine a curly fry and a potato chip having a baby living its short life on a barbecue stick.

It was a huge hit that other cities such as Bangkok and Manila and state fairs in America have caught up with the trend. Popular flavors on the streets of Seoul are barbecue, cheese, and plain salted.

Here are the best places to have tornado potato in Seoul.

  • MYEONGDONG | Jung-gu
    For a 100% legit tornado potato experience
    What to order: Tornado Potato, Crispy Ddeokbokki, Dried Fish
    Price range: 500 to 5,000 Won ($0.43 to $4.32)
    When: 17:00 – 23:00 Daily
    Where: MRT Exit 5/6/7/8, Myeong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul
  • KONDAE | Gwangjin-gu
    For snacking amidst the vibrant lights of Konkuk University
    What to order: Tornado Potato, Ramen-crusted Tokkebi, Mochi Rice Cakes
    Price range: 500 to 7,000 Won ($0.43 to $5.99)
    When: 11:00 – 02:00 Daily
    Where: Neungdong-ro, Jayang 1(il)-dong, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul
  • NAMDAEMUN MARKET | Jung-gu
    For an eclectic Seoul street food vibe
    What to order: Tornado Potato, Tokkebi, Sesame-Filled Donuts
    Price range: 500 to 8,000 Won ($0.43 to $6.91)
    When: 10:30 - 02:00 Daily
    Where: 21 Namdaemunsijang 4-gil, Namchang-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul
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