Chef Eunjo Park is happiest surrounded by snacks. As the executive chef of Kāwi, our new restaurant at Hudson Yards, she did her fair share of snacking in between busy days getting ready for opening.
She started working at Momofuku at Ko but moved to Korea to learn more about cooking and push herself to try new experiences. But she’s back―and her new apartment is now only a few blocks from H Mart. It’s like a dreamland of all the very best snacks she misses from when she lived in Korea. We took a trip with her to get some tips.
Here are her favorites. Hint hint: most of them are also available on Amazon, so we’ve included some helpful links in case you need to build out your office snack drawer.
HaiTai Honey Butter Chips
These were all over Instagram a few years ago. They’re the real star of the honey butter craze. Imagine the texture of a Lay’s chip, but they’re sweet and salty and just really good.
Orion Seafood Shaped Crispy Snack
Orion calls these crispy snacks because they’re not really chips, and they’re not really crackers. They’re kind of both. Either way, they are hollow and very nice when eaten by the handful. This one is a fried chicken flavor. My favorite shape is the tiny crab.
Lotte Choco Pie
It’s very important to keep a few of these stashed away for later. Two soft biscuits, marshmallow cream, all covered in chocolate. I’ve always thought of it as the Korean version of a whoopie pie.
Orion New Four Layers Crispy Turtle Chips
Not quite Cheeto consistency, but not quite crunchy. You’d never eat them with milk like you would other snacks, but if you did, they’re like Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Probably soggy, though? Like I said, you wouldn’t do it.
Jolly Pong Cereal Snack
Some of my favorites. They’re essentially the Korean version of Honey Smacks, the breakfast cereal in America with the little frog on the front of the box. You can actually eat these with a bowl of cold milk and not regret it.
White Heim White Hazelnut
If Pirouette cookies were smaller and slightly flatter and full of white chocolate hazelnut cream, then they would be like these White Heim cookies.
Tohato Caramel Corn
Tohato Caramel Corn is actually a Japanese snack not Korean, but I still love it. There are lots of flavors out there, like chocolate or matcha, but this one is the original. Think nutty and caramelly, puffy and crunchy.
Haitai French Pie Strawberry
This is what 64 layers of flakey puff pastry look like when they are covered with a strawberry candy-like jam.