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.


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.



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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