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Sunday, June 22nd, 2008
My reader Ms. Sandy sent me this photo to ask me what it is.When I saw that, it reminded me of my elementary school days. I think some of you may remember this street food, too.I’m quoting Ms. Sandy’s email and my answer here with the photo.
“Can you help me with the identity of this Korean snack?
I know it’s a snail, but I don’t know what kind or its Korean name.
I remember having it as a child in Korea (my all time favorite snack…well, tied with Bokie, Duk Bok Kie, raw sea cucumber, and some kind of honey/syrupy snack that you squeezed out of a toy syringe as part of a doctor themed candy package.
But back to the snails…when I was a girl, they use to sell them in newspaper cones and were usually seen on the same cart as bun da ge. The more civilized Koreans (usually adults) would use a toothpick to gently tease out the meat, but my friends and I would usually just bite the tip off the sharp, spiral end; turn it around; and suck the meat out through the front opening.
I browsed the internet trying to find a description, but was only successful in finding this picture (everything else was describing much bigger moonsnails or whelks). Any help is much appreciated.
“I can’t help laughing while reading your message. Your explanation is very exact and descriptive. Of course I know what it is!
It’s cold “Go dong”in korean. Would you mind if I used your picture and your description on my blog? Some people may be very interested in looking at the photo. You said, “honey/syrupy snack that you squeezed out of a toy syringe as part of a doctor themed candy package” haha! I remember it. It’s kind of street junk food.
Thank you for the photo and entertaining description. : ) “
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