Korean Street Toast


Try my version of Korean street toast for one of the most memorable sandwich experiences of your life. A slightly sweet, super savory vegetable and egg patty is sandwiched with smoky ham, melty Cheddar, and a ridiculous amount of mayo and ketchup between two slices of crispy, buttered bread. You'll eat almost a whole serving of vegetables and barely even notice!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
1 large sandwich


  • 1 cup thinly sliced green cabbage

  • cup julienned carrot

  • 1 stalk green onion, thinly sliced

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper

  • 2 large eggs

  • 3 tablespoons salted butter, divided

  • 2 thick slices white bread

  • ½ teaspoon white sugar, or to taste

  • 2 thin slices smoked ham

  • 1 slice mild Cheddar cheese

  • 1 tablespoon ketchup, or to taste

  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise, or to taste


  1. Mix cabbage, carrot, green onion, salt, pepper, and cayenne with your hands in a bowl until soft, about 30 seconds. Mix in eggs with a fork until thoroughly combined.

  2. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add bread slices and flip a few times to make sure both sides are coated with butter. Grill bread until beautifully toasted, golden brown, and a little crispy on both sides. Transfer to a plate.

  3. Melt remaining 1 tablespoon butter in the same skillet over medium heat. Add cabbage mixture; cook and simultaneously mix by using the edge of a spatula to chop down on the surface while pushing the edges up and over the top. As the mixture starts to hold its shape, form it into a rectangle that's about twice as long as it is wide. Split the rectangle in half into two square patties; continue to cook until golden brown, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes per side.

  4. Stack patties on top of one another onto one slice of toast and sprinkle with sugar.

  5. Place ham slices into the hot skillet; cook over medium heat until sizzling, 1 to 2 minutes. Flip and top with Cheddar slice; cook until melted, about 1 minute.

  6. Place ham and cheese on top of patties; top with ketchup, mayonnaise, and remaining slice of toast. Cut in half and serve.

    close up view of a Korean Street Toast sandwich on a plate
    Chef John

Chef's Notes:

You can use grated carrot instead of julienned, Korean chile flakes instead of cayenne, and American cheese instead of Cheddar.

To make a smaller sandwich, use fewer vegetables and one egg.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

938 Calories
70g Fat
50g Carbs
32g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 1
Calories 938
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 70g 89%
Saturated Fat 34g 170%
Cholesterol 515mg 172%
Sodium 2595mg 113%
Total Carbohydrate 50g 18%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Total Sugars 15g
Protein 32g
Vitamin C 42mg 209%
Calcium 432mg 33%
Iron 6mg 31%
Potassium 718mg 15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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