Hotteok

Hotteok is a variety of filled Korean pancake, and is a popular street food of South Korea. It is usually eaten during the winter season.[1]

Preparation

The dough for hotteok is made from wheat flour, water, milk, sugar, and yeast. The dough is allowed to rise for several hours. Handful-sized balls of this stiff dough are filled with a sweet mixture, which may contain brown sugar, honey, chopped peanuts, and cinnamon. The filled dough is then placed on a greased griddle, and pressed flat into a large circle with a special tool with a stainless steel circle and wooden handle as it cooks.[2][3]

In South Korea, ready-made dry hotteok mix is commercially available in plastic packages. The mix also comes with a filling consisting of brown sugar and ground peanuts or sesame seeds.[4]

Origin

It is generally believed that hotteok originated from Chinese merchants who immigrated to Korea after the late 19th century. Unlike many Chinese pancakes, which often contain savory meat fillings, hotteok are stuffed with sweet fillings, to suit Koreans' tastes.[5]

Varieties

The types of hotteok have been changing continuously although many favour the traditional cinnamon and peanut filling. Many variations have developed since the early 21st century, such as Commercial "hotteok" products are developed and sold by companies "Samyang", "Ottogi" and "CJ". The products are designed to be able to cook at home.

Nutrition

Hotteok is usually eaten during the winter season. Due to its high sugar content, a single hotteok may have as many as 230 calories.[6]

See also

References

External links

  • Two variations of hotteok
  • Hotteok recipe
  • Hotteok recipe
  • Hotteok recipe with video
  • (Korean) Article about the origin of Hotteok and Hobbang
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