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Yasik (Korean야식; Hanja夜食) is a term referring to South Korea's midnight snack culture.

The dictionary meaning of Yasik is 'the food eaten in the middle of the night after dinner.'[1]

Korea's top yasik favourites include: ramyeon (라면), typically eaten with kimchi, chicken and beer (chimaek, 치킨, 맥주), jokbal and bossam(족발, 보쌈), tteokbokki and sundae (떡볶이, 순대), gungoguma (roasted sweet potatoes) and hoppang (군고구마, 호빵).[2] Kimbap and jokbal is also popular. Past favorites, now less popular, include memilmuk (buckwheat jelly) and chapssaltteok(rice cakes filled with sweet beans).[2]

Fried chicken, first introduced in Korea in the 1980s, and pizza also top the list of night-time favorites. Fried chicken, in particular, has become a wide market, with chicken restaurant chains continually developing new sauces and wooing various Hallyu stars to promote their respective brands. Of course, no late-night chicken order would be complete without a cool pitcher of draft beer.[2]


  1. ^ "밤참". terms.naver.com (in Korean). Retrieved 2021-03-27.
  2. ^ a b c "Koreans' Love of Yasik—where delivery is just a phone call away". visitkorea. Retrieved 14 December 2015.

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