Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Hotteok at Namdaemun Market

We spent a few hours purse-hunting at Namdaemun Market. For a snack, we tried the Korean street food, hotteok, for a mere fifty cents. The Chinese brought this sweet-filled, fried dough to Korea in the 19th century. Suprisingly, wheat, not rice, flour is the main ingredient. The filling typically consists of brown sugar and nuts. It tends be greasy, though some merchants sell a healthier, baked variety. The vendor folds the hotteok in half and serves it in a small paper cup. It usually takes 10 minutes for it to cool enough to eat. (I always grow impatient and burn my fingers.)
My friend purchased a hotteok baking mix. I am looking forward to a hotteok-making party!


Tia said...

I think the hotteok was my favorite of all of the Korean foods I tried during my visit!

MandyKat said...

I'm glad you liked it! We should have tried it more often then. I'll have to send you the mix. It looks easy to make!