A staple breakfast item you’ll find in Korea are these street toasts “Gilgeori toast”. They’re simply crispy slices of bread with an omelette filling, ham, cheese and cabbage. No need to add kimchi to this to make it “Korean”.

There are variations of these and you’ll also find some toast chains that are popular with their different fillings including beef bulgogi for example.⁣

Here are two versions you can make, one a bit more traditional and the other more like those Toast chains such as Isaac Toast.

Why not try something like this for breakfast? ⁣

Recipe for the traditional one, makes 1

– 2 slices of white bread ⁣
– 2 eggs⁣
– 1/4 carrot very finely chopped
– 1 stalk of spring onion finely sliced.
– 1 slice of ham⁣
– 1 slice of cheese slices⁣
– 1/2 tsp of sugar⁣
– Ketchup and Kewpie mayo⁣

Mix eggs and veggie and make an omlette, use a spatula to form a square the size of the bread. Fry the ham until browned on both sides. Add the slice of cheese on the egg and top it with the ham so the cheese starts melting.

Traditional Korean Street Toast

Also fry the slices of bread in some butter (or toast the bread if you prefer).
⁣Assemble: toast, sprinkle some sugar on the bread, omlette/ham stack, ketchup and mayo, then toast.

Toast chain version:

– 2 slices of white bread
– 1 egg
– 1 slice of ham
– 1 slice of American cheese
– a handful of very finely slices white cabbage
– ketchup and Kewpie mayo

Fry the egg and ham in a pan. Toast the bread or fry in some butter. Once the egg is cooked to your liking, top it with cheese then top that with the browned ham. Place on toast, add the cabbage and ketchup and mayo, close the sandwich and cut in half, enjoy with plenty of napkins.

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