Korean Hodduk (Sweet Hotcakes)

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Many cultures are defined by their street food.

My own memories of my last stay are studded with happy incidents of streetside ricecakes, bright tangerines, savory fishcakes in sauce, and funny fish-shaped pastries filled with bean paste. Coming home from either school or work, you always pick up something. Sweet potatoes roasted in a black metal wood oven, fresh blocks of tofu, or even squirmy live sea cucumber (no joke)! Once on the way to school, my bus driver stopped and bought all the kids walnut cookies roadside. Yes, Korea is a culture defined by its street food.

Hodduk is one of the more popular street snack items in Korea. A good-natured matron commands a hot griddle laden with flat hotcakes filled with a sugary syrup and crunchy walnuts. These hotcakes are best eaten fresh, or at least within the hour. Surprisingly, they aren’t so difficult to make at home! A yeast dough, some brown sugar and nuts, along with a dependable spatula will yield about 8 of these sweet disks much sooner than you could fly to Korea!

Street food in Korea. I think comfort food runs on the streets here.

Photo Courtesy Jason Truesdell.

First mix filling ingredients together in a small bowl and set aside.

Once the dough is mixed and risen for 1 hour, cut into 8 pieces and fill with the brown sugar mixture.

Flatten the dough with your hands and put onto a hot pan with 1-2 TB of oil.

Flip it over when it starts getting golden brown, and squish the pancake with your spatula/pancake flipper. Hahah..Squish. Such technical terms.

The brown sugar mixture melts into a cinnamony sweet syrup filling, all encased in a hot chewy bun.
The hubby ate these for dinner. That’s how good they are. Try them!

Korean Hodduk

½ cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
2 TB chopped walnuts

Mix together in a bowl and set aside until ready to use.

1 cup lukewarm water
2 tsp yeast
2 tsp sugar
½ tsp salt
1 TB vegetable oil
2 cups all purpose flour

Mix water, yeast, sugar, salt, and vegetable oil into the bowl of an electric mixer and mix until well combined. Add flour and mix well. Cover the mixing bowl with plastic wrap. Let dough rise 1 hour. It should be doubled in size.

Punch the dough down and let rest for another 10-20 minutes. Punch dough down again. On a well-floured surface gently knead the dough. Divide into 8 equal pieces. Take one piece and flatten it, add 1-2 TB filling in the center and seal it to make a ball. Repeat with remaining balls.

Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat and add 1 TB of vegetable oil. Place a ball on the pan and let cook for 30 seconds. When the bottom of the ball turns golden brown, flip over and press the dough with a spatula to make a flat disk about the size of a CD.  Let it cook about 1 minute until the bottom is golden brown. Flip over again and turn the heat down to low. Cover the pan with the lid and cook 1 minute more to melt the brown sugar.
Makes 8 hot cakes.


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  • Reply
    April 20, 2010 at 10:29 am

    Those look really good H&B!

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      April 26, 2010 at 1:59 pm

      Thanks I hope you like them! 🙂

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    April 2, 2010 at 1:46 am

    Wow! This looks a good treat. With cinnamon in it, it’s gonna be double yummy. 🙂

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    April 1, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    I so wish I had a kitchen. I love fritters! And fritters with brown sugar in the middle? *mouth watering*

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    March 30, 2010 at 12:13 am

    Thanks for the add. These pancakes look delicious, I’m going to save the recipe to make them asap!

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    March 28, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    This looks amazing! I’m going to save it to my recipe box.

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      March 29, 2010 at 12:26 pm

      Hi Leslie, I’m so glad you like it! Let me know how it turns out!

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    March 25, 2010 at 11:21 am

    Um, pretty sure those are insulin worthy – yum!!

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      March 26, 2010 at 8:45 am

      Hi Biz, thanks for the comment! I hope you will try them!

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    March 24, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    These look positively delicious! The filling really makes them heavenly.

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      March 24, 2010 at 6:03 pm

      Hehe try them! Me and the bear polished off the whole batch, oops 🙂

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    March 24, 2010 at 10:11 am

    This looks amazing!

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      March 24, 2010 at 10:44 am

      Hi Mel,
      Thanks so much! 🙂 I hope you try it, you’ll love them!

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    Ed Schenk
    March 24, 2010 at 6:35 am

    Great photos. I love street food. I have a Korean grocery here in Detroit where I can pick up Mung bean Pancakes, Kimbap, dumplings etc..

    • Reply
      March 24, 2010 at 9:04 am

      Hi Ed, thanks so much for the comment. Street food is so much fun, I agree. Glad to hear they have Korean yummies in Detroit! 🙂

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    March 24, 2010 at 3:21 am

    Hi there!
    These look delicious, I am definately going to try them.


    • Reply
      March 24, 2010 at 9:03 am

      Hi Caroline,
      I’m glad you enjoyed the recipe and let me know how they turn out!! 🙂

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    March 23, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    wow looks yummy great blog

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      March 23, 2010 at 4:26 pm

      Hi Rebecca! You’re so sweet! Thank you!

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    March 23, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    thanks for the add on foodbuzz! i’m loving your blog already! i’ll have to try to make these sometime, they look divine!

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      March 23, 2010 at 3:48 pm

      Thanks for the add too!:) I do hope you try them!

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