Hotteok – Pancake’s on Steroids

Korea’s take on the pancake. Hotteok (호떡) is a sweet treat from the street eaten all year round, but is a favorite during the winter. It is one of Korea’s most popular street food dishes and is a pancake on steroids. It will melt in your mouth and make you wish you had more!Served piping hot and often times in a cup, the cinnamon and peanut mixture melts into a mouthwatering mixture that makes your taste buds cry tears of joy. It’s almost like eating a thick fluffy pancake, but with every bite, warm and thick maple syrup oozes into your mouth like a gusher.Hotteok

The Origin of the Hotteok 

The Hotteok’s origins come from Chinese merchants. Who use to stuff meats in the pancakes, but switched to sweet fillings when in Korea. Resulting in one of the most addictive snacks in Korea.Hotteok

Hotteok Variations 

There are many different types of Hotteok as Korean’s have been experimenting them over the years. The traditional Hotteok comes with cinnamon and peanut filling. But there are some awesome variations. Our favorite is the green tea hotteok! We aren’t quite sure what’s in it. But damn is it delicious!Hotteok
Hotteok stands can be found any and everywhere and can be bought for as little as 600-2,000 krw. This can be good, and bad because these cheap treats come packed with 230 calories a piece. It won’t dent the wallet, but it might add some inches during the winter.

Make Hotteok at Home 

You can also buy some Hotteok mix to be made at home, which we have tried a few times with awesome results. Although our first batch looked like they were made by two year olds because we couldn’t read the Korean directions. It’s a super quick recipe that can be made and found as cheap as 1,800 krw for a box of mix, which typically makes 5-7 hotteoks depending on how big you make em.Hotteok MixLet us know you’re favorite Hotteok flavor in the comments below, and if you have any photos any different Hotteok’s share them with us and link it back to your site!

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Scott Herder

Scott has been traveling with his Fiancé Megan since 2014. Prefers slow travel, beer, spicy food, and motorbikes. When Scott isn't thinking about travel he is either shooting hyperlapse or speaking about hyperlapse photography at international conferences. I love travelling and learning. Currently trying to learn how to take better photographs, use this website, and begin travelling the world. Life goals to have Anthony Bourdain's job and travel through India on a motorbike!