An increasing number of foreign tourists enjoy various kinds of food from Korean convenience stores. Below, Korea Agrafood introduces you to products that receive the most favorable reviews from foreign tourists at three Korean convenience store chains – CU, GS25, and 7-Eleven. You can also find recommendations for combinations of products to substitute a meal, none of which cost more than KRW 10,000 (about US$ 9).
# Most Popular Product among Foreign Tourists: Banana-Flavored Milk
A bestseller among Korean food exports and the most famous Korean fruit-flavored milk product, banana-flavored milk is sold in over ten countries including China and Vietnam. According to the 2016 sales statement of CU, it is the fourth highest selling product in CU stores, after bottled water, meal boxes, and soju (Korean distilled liquor).
The sales figure of banana-flavored milk is particularly high in CU stores in Myeong-dong (Seoul) and Jeju Island—two popular destinations among foreign tourists.
# Happiness with KRW 10,000: Maekom-bulgogi-dosirak + Galbi-mandu + Banana-flavored milk + Imsil Cheese Ramyeon = KRW 9,700
- Baek Jong-won's Maekom-bulgogi-jeongsik-dosirak (meal box with spicy grilled meat and side dishes): KRW 3,900
- Hong Jin-keyong's Galbi-mandu (dumplings with ribs): KRW 2,900
- Big Banana-Flavored Milk: KRW 1,500
- Imsil Cheese Ramyeon (instant noodles with cheese): KRW 1,400
* This is a perfect combination of Korean dishes and food ingredients that are well-known to many foreign consumers. Cheese ramyeon will help relieve the spiciness of the bulgogi in the meal box. The quantity of food is enough for two adults to share. The combination is recommended to those who want to have a solid meal with various food products.
# Most Popular Product among Foreign Tourists: Cup Ramyeon
Cup ramyeon (Korean instant noodles in a cup) is popular among foreign tourists because of its convenience and reasonable pricing. Many reviews of unique Korean cup ramyeon products such as buldak-bokkeummyeon (stir-fried noodles with spicy chicken) and kimchi-jjigae ramyeon (kimchi strew ramyeon) have been posted by foreigners on social media.
It is also common to see foreign tourists eating cup ramyeon in GS25 stores in the Myeongdong and Gangnam areas of Seoul.
# Happiness with KRW 10,000: Buldak-chicken + Tteokbokki + Kimchi Stew Ramyeon + Patbingsu = KRW 10,000
- Buldak Crispy Chicken (spicy fried chicken): KRW 3,000
- Jaws Tteokbokki (stir-fried spicy rice cake): KRW 2,500
- Omori Kimchi Stew Ramyeon (instant noodles in kimchi stew): KRW 1,500
- YouUs Patbingsu (shaved ice with sweet red beans): KRW 3,000
This is a perfect set of convenience foods for foreign tourists who are fond of spicy Korean dishes. They will have a full experience of Korean spiciness with the fiery chicken, tteokbokki, and kimchi stew ramyeon. Patbingsu serves as a dessert calming down the tongue burning from the heat.
□ Seven Eleven
# Most Popular Product among Foreign Tourists: Yogurt Jelly
Yogurt Jelly is a product created by 7-Eleven in collaboration with Lotte Confectionery. The cute shape and sweetness of the jelly have gone viral through social media and brought the product international fame.
Taking note of the product’s popularity with Chinese and Southeast Asian tourists, 7-Eleven started selling it in its stores in Hong Kong from the second half of last year.
# Happiness with KRW 10,000: Cheese Rabokki + Chamchi Rameyon + Yogurt Jelly + Ice Yogurt + Injeolmi Snack = KRW 9,400
- Cheese Rabokki (stir-fried instant noodles and rice cake with cheese): KRW 3,000
- Dongwon Chamchi Ramyeon (instant noodles with tuna): KRW 2,200
- Yogurt-Flavored Jelly: KRW 1,200
- Ice Yogurt: KRW 1,500
- Gosohan Injeolmi Snack (rice cake coated with bean flour): KRW 1,500
* This combination is highly recommended to foreign tourists who want to try unique convenience products. In cheese rabokki, the spicy flavor of tteokbokki is enriched with the flavor of mozzarella cheese. Chamchi Cup Ramyeon is an unusual blend of cup ramyeon and canned tuna, which is quickly gaining popularity through word-of-mouth. The injeolmi snack is a remake of a traditional Korean rice cake featuring sweet and nutty flavors.
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