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Korean Egg Sandwich Recipe

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Korean Egg Sandwich Recipe

Korean Egg Toast

N. Imatome-Yun
Traditionally, Korean people ate rice, a few side dishes, and a bowl of soup or stew for breakfast. Now people in Korea sometimes eat cereal, pastries, or egg sandwiches for breakfast, similar to people in the West. This Korean breakfast sandwich, sold by street vendors in cities, is commonly called tost-u (toast) or gaeran tost-u (egg toast). It's not that different from an American egg sandwich, but the addition of cabbage and a sweet dusting of brown sugar are tasty Korean additions. It is Korean fusion cooking at the street level.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes


  • 4 pieces white bread
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp chopped cabbage
  • 1 Tbsp chopped carrots
  • 1 Tbsp chopped onions
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp ketchup


  1. In sauté pan or on griddle, toast both sides of bread over medium heat using almost all the butter.

  2. Remove bread and set aside.

  3. In a bowl, whisk eggs and mix with cabbage, carrot, and onion.

  4. Fry the egg mixture in the remaining butter in the same pan until done to omelet consistency.

  5. Separate egg into two portions and place on two pieces of toast.

  6. Top each with ketchup and liberal dusting of brown sugar.

  7. Top with remaining bread and cut in half.

(Serves 2)
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 4 out of 5
Familiar, Yet Deliciously Different, Member HamFrozenSolid

I'm not Korean, and I can't say this is anything I've ever tried before, but I'm a fan of the culture and was looking for a simple Korean-style breakfast to try this morning. So the familiarity of the egg sandwich was a nice transition into breaking away from the norm. I used mushrooms and broccoli instead of the listed vegetables simply because it's what I had on hand, but when I have some carrots and onions I'll definitely try this again! What really caught my eye though was the combination of ketchup and brown sugar. Now, I've always thought that eating eggs with ketchup is gross. However, ketchup and brown sugar are the two main ingredients in a sauce topping my family uses in our meatloaf recipes and is essentially a bare-boned BBQ sauce (as BBQ sauce really just boils down to a combination of a tomato product, a dark sugar, and the cook's choice of spices). So, personally, I mixed together to the ketchup and brown sugar beforehand instead of putting some ketchup on the sandwich and sprinkling on the sugar, just because I wanted as little of the raw ketchup flavor as possible with my egg. The end result was very flavorful, and this is definitely something I'll be making in place of my usual egg sandwiches when my stomach calls for it. :)

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