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[Korean Slang] #19 야식(Late-night snack)

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How often do you eat late-night snacks?

At the end of a long day, a late-night snack often tastes better than any other meal or snack🍜

In today’s post, let’s find out how Koreans say “late-night snack”!

✔️야식 is a word combination of ‘ (Night)’ and ‘ (Food)’ which means ‘late-night snack’ or ‘late-night meal’.


It includes any type of food that one eats after dinner, usually during midnight and the evening. Convenience store foods or delivery foods such as ramen, chicken and bossam (보쌈; boiled pork usually eaten with Kimchi or greens) are popular Korean choices for ‘야식’.



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A: 요즘 야식으로 라면을 자주 먹어서 살찐 것 같아.

I feel like I’ve gained weight because I’ve been eating ramen often as a late-night snack these days.

B: 야식이 건강에 안 좋대. 같이 줄여 보자!

They say late-night snacking is bad for health. Let’s work on cutting it out together!



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3:40 — “야식 잘 먹었습니다!” means “That was a good late-night snack!” 


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