Thursday, July 4, 2019

Korea - Hotteok

Moving on to K now and I've decided to make a selection of Korean foods. In 2015, I made Jijims which are potato cakes served with a sesame dipping sauce. I really liked them.

Jijims

Today I'm going to make Hotteok. Sweet pancakes sold as street food in Korea. They're stuffed with brown sugar and nuts, mostly eaten in winter.

Hotteok


Ingredients:

1 1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup warm milk
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon yeast
1/2 teaspoon salt

For the filling:

1/4 cup brown suagr
2 tablespoons chopped nuts
1 teaspoon cinnamon


Start by combining the dough ingredients in a bowl and warming the milk.


Add the milk and stir well until a dough forms.


Cover the dough and leave to rest for an hour.


Mix together the filling ingredients in a bowl.


Cut the dough into 8 pieces. In your hand flatten each piece out and make into a circle. Put a spoon of filling in the middle and close the dough up to make a small ball.


Heat some oil in a frying pan and when hot place the dough balls in the pan. Use something flat and disc shaped to press down each ball into a disc shape. I used the bottom of a bottle of honey.


Cook on each side for a few minutes until browned.


Remove from the pan and serve as they are or with some ice cream.


I really liked these! The dough is firmer than we're used to with pancakes but it's still delicious. The filling turns almost liquid so be careful when you bite into a hotteok as it can be really hot inside. It's easier to eat in your hand and bite rather than with a spoon which I guess is what makes it good street food. Especially on a wintery day when holding one would keep your hands warm. Lovely!

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