Sunday, December 29, 2013

1000 Won Versus Cold Winter- The Warmth of the Korean Hotteok (호떡)

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To bundle up is the only option to beat the below 0 degrees temperature of Winter season. It is during these days when people love to eat spicy and hot food just to warm up the stomach as a counterpart to a very cold weather. And speaking of warm food, let me introduce to you to the most famous Korean food during winter, the Hotteok (호떡).



If Mul-naengmyun is the King of the summer, Hotteok is the Queen of the winter. In the busy street of Sindang station of South Korea, I was introduced to this delicious winter food. Hotteok is a Korean street food with warm sugar syrup filling that could warm up your body during the cold season. It is usually priced as cheap as 1,000 won and you can see this all over Korea. The filling is made of melted sugar. It is similar to a doughnut when you eat it but it has no thick frosting making it more easy to chew. The filling is very dense because the melted sugar is almost syrup like, so vendors usually put it inside a plastic cup so that it will not mess up when you eat it.



The dough is made with a glutinous rice mixed with water, milk, sugar and yeast. Without the filling and all, I think this would be similar to a regular pancake.




When I ate it, I can feel the warmth of the filling and it has indeed help me ward off the coldness. It is also very delicious and I can't believe that is priced for only 1,000 Won. A very cheap weapon against winter.




Anyone, if you happen to wander along the streets of Sindang, Namdaemun, Dongdaemun, and any other familiar places in Seoul during winter, you can see this Hotteok almost anywhere. Why not stop for a while, spend some 1,000 won and eat Hotteok? You will feel it's warmth inside your stomach plus a very tasty filling and melt in the mouth dough. I think this Korean street food is awesome and must try too.


9 comments:

  1. Does it taste like puto or puto bumbong or anything that's here in the Philippines? It's better to set a comparison for us to imagine. :)

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    1. Not at all. It tastes like doughnut but just warmer and sweeter because of the sugar syrup. It actually resembles to a pancake

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  2. It's really like pancakes, but this one is quite thick and with fillings, the same as siopao. I think it's good with margarine or butter...or melted cheese.

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    1. you are right sir. Some vendors add peanuts in the fillings and it really tastes good,

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  3. It looks like a PANCAKE and the melted thingy of the Hotteok can be compared to our PAN DE LANAY, well just guessing because of what I see in the cup (the filling).

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    1. Pan De Lanay? haha,.. never heard or ate that bread before.

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  4. This just makes me adore South Korea more. The food, the culture, the people, the land.

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  5. Ntikman q din yan...yummy xa nka~3 nga aq eh...haha!

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