Korean Sweet Pancakes? Hotteok in HyeHwa
Most people usually associate Korean street food with rice cakes (Tteokbokki), fish cake (odeng), rice rolls (gimbap) or corn-dogs. How about sweets?
Today, I’ll introduce Hotteok (호떡) – one of the sweet treats that you may find at street stalls in Korea.
Hotteok is basically a Korean pancake, and may be sold plain or stuffed with nuts, cinnamon or brown sugar. These days I see some stalls even selling it savoury style, filled with meat, veg or cheese. But no, my sweet tooth always craves for some sweet cinnamon-y goodness.
We chanced upon this stall along the main HyeHwa (혜화) or DaeHakRo street (right above the train station). The sign claimed that the pancakes were healthier than others – less oil, less sugar. (Looks like people are getting more health conscious here too!)
Bought a few to try and true enough, these were the lightest, crispiest Hotteok I’ve ever had! Also, there was 100% no oil residue left, even on the paper wrapping. Delicious without the calories.