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These Sweet Hotteok Pancakes Will Teleport You To The Streets Of South Korea

These Sweet Hotteok Pancakes Will Teleport You To The Streets Of South Korea

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These Sweet Hotteok Pancakes Will Teleport You To The Streets Of South Korea

When in South Korea, one should never miss out on their street food, from fishcakes, tteokbokki, corn dogs, Korean fried chicken, and, if you’re there during winter, hotteok is a must! For those who don’t know what hotteok is (or need a refresher), this is a Korean sweet pancake that’s usually stuffed with dark brown sugar, ground nuts or seeds, and cinnamon powder. 

Hotteok vendors in South Korea usually sell these along the streets. They cook the pancake by stuffing the dough with the filling (on the spot!), then fry it in oil until both sides’ edges are crisp and golden brown. The filling melts into a sticky consistency that tastes sweet, nutty, and a little bit spicy. Since these are cooked on the spot, it’s one of the popular winter food amongst locals.

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For sure you can make hotteok from scratch, but if you don’t have the patience to do it, we found an affordable frozen pack of hotteok at Korean grocery ASSI Fresh Plaza. The supermarket carries the Samlip brand, which is a Korean brand known for the nostalgic, old-school hotteok which you can conveniently heat up if the craving calls for it.

The preferred way to cook Samlip’s frozen hotteok is to fry it in a pan, but it’s also fine to pop it in a toaster oven for 30 seconds or in the microwave for 20 seconds. Once you’ve taken your first bite, you’ll get to taste the warm, dark brown filling that’s as sweet as honey.

ASSI Fresh Plaza’s Samlip Hotteok costs P188 for a pack of nine pieces.

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