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hotteok
Hotteok is a crispy pan fried pastry filled with a mix of brown sugar, peanuts, sesame seeds and cinnamon that turns into a molten syrup as it is is cooked on a open griddle. Usually they are served just as they are, pinched between a small sheet of thin cardboard, and eaten very carefully to avoid wasting any of the escaping sugary filling.

This is a “healthy” hotteok. Well, as healthy as any sugar filled fried snack can be 🙂
The filling includes green tea and black sesame, and is topped with ground soybeans, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and ground peanuts. Yum! I couldn’t wait for it to cool down, and bit into it while it was still steaming, and managed to singe my tongue.
You know what you are eating is good when you continue chewing through the pain 😀 The doughy outside reminds me of elephant ears or you tiao.
The paper cup definitely helps catch any runaway syrup, and the sweet sugar and nuts are perfect with the mellow crunch of the chewy outside. Just let it cool off a bit before biting in, but I won’t judge if you can’t wait. I didn’t 😉

hotteok stall @ Insadong, Seoul, South Korea

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