Gilgeori, Amazing Korean Street Food Sandwich
Prep:10 m
Cook:15 m
Total:25 m
Cuisine:Korean 🇰🇷 Asian
Course:Lunch Starter

Gilgeori, Amazing Korean Street Food Sandwich



I kinda like sandwiches, but usually, they annoy me slightly due to the existence of bread. Whatever I do, I can’t find happiness in gluten. However, I normally will have a tiny, model-appropriate toast with some salmon and egg for breakfast. And a tablespoon of mayonnaise on top to celebrate the fact that I’m NOT a model.

As you have probably understood already, today we’ll be making a breakfast sandwich. Not any kind of breakfast sandwich, but the Korean one, a popular street food in Seoul. Unlike the Vietnamese Bánh mì or Malaysian Kaya toast, the Korean Gilgeori was unheard-of for me entirely.

The sandwich is made of simple ingredients that might be in your kitchen as we speak: white sandwich bread, eggs, leftover cabbage (you could probably use lettuce, too), old, saggy carrot, ham (vegetarians, chill, just skip it), cheese, butter, mayonnaise, ketchup, and sugar. Yup, sugar. I’ve raised an eyebrow myself when I saw it, but still stuck to the original recipe.

I know very well that sweet and salty combos usually work very well. And it did so this time, too, but my suggestion would be not to go overboard with sugar. If you’re in the mood, some add jam, too! As you can see, there’s a lot of room for experimenting, but I demand you try the following recipe.

Ingredients (for one sandwich):

  • 2 slices of white sandwich bread;
  • 2 slices of cheese (American cheese is ideal for this);
  • vertically sliced ham (I used two slices of chicken ham);
  • 2 eggs;
  • thinly sliced carrot (half will be plenty);
  • some finely chopped cabbage;
  • 1 teaspoon ketchup;
  • 1 teaspoon mayonnaise;
  • a few teaspoons of butter;
  • 1 teaspoon sugar;
  • chopped spring onions


  1. Melt the butter in a pan and toast the bread. Once they get nicely brown, sprinkle with sugar on both sides. Toast for a couple more seconds and set aside.
  2. Making the omelet is the hardest part because it has to be square. Recipes that I’ve looked into suggested mixing veggies, ham, and eggs in one bowl, pour into a pan and shape the square omelet. However, I think it would be easier to add veggies and ham into the pan first, shaping them into a square, and then add the eggs. Well, you give it a try and let me know how it worked. I’m still perfecting this.
  3. Now’s the time to assemble the sandwich like it’s a piece of IKEA furniture. Add the ketchup on the first toast, then a slice of cheese, omelet, cheese again, mayonnaise, and cover with another toast. Not everyone does the same thing or uses the sauces. But I wanted a juicy version with a risk of staining myself. And have no regrets for it.

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