The oh so popular Hotteok street food found on the streets of South Korea. I have never been there and I wish I could eat all the delicious street food that they offer. But since that cannot happen right now I will settle for learning how to make these delicious Korean style pancakes. It’s not hard, but you have to invest in some patiences and time in order to get it right. To make my life easier, I make easy fillings for the Hotteok. I buy pre-made red bean paste in a bag which makes life a whole lot easier.
Ingredients for Hotteok Dough
2 cups of bread flour or all purpose flour
( bread flour makes it lighter, while all purpose flour makes it a bit heavier)
1 package of quick yeast
2 tsp of granulated sugar
1 tsp of kosher salt
2 tsp oil
2 cups of warm water
Peanuts and brown sugar
A bag of red bean paste or sesame paste ( Asian stores have them)
sesame seed oil
3 chopped scallions
Instructions on Dough
Step1. Measure everything out into a prep bowl and mix it altogether with a wooden spoon or with your hands until it forms a dough. You may want more flour to kneed the dough and get the sticky dough off your hands as you knead it. You’re kneading about 5 minutes or so.
Step 2. Using the same bowl place the round kneaded dough into it and cover with a plastic wrap and a towel. Set it aside in a warm place to rise for about 1 hour.
Making Filling (Optional fillings)
Step 3. Meanwhile you can make a simple chopped roasted peanuts and brown sugar filling. It’s really that simple. You take a bag add about 1/2 cup of peanuts to it and crush it with a rolling pin. Add the smashed peanuts to brown sugar and you’ve got a delicious filling for it. It’s also the traditional one for it too on the streets.
Step 4. I like red bean paste, so I just get it store bought. Nothing special here folks but it makes life so much easier when it comes to adding a sweet filling.
Step 5. We can be really different about it and make the Hotteok savory by adding a little bit of sesame seed oil and chopped green scallions. It’s an option if you’re not in a mood for something sweet.
Forming and cooking the Hotteok
Step 6. Once the dough is ready to go. Place a hot frying pan onto the stove and turn the heat to medium high and add some cooking oil.
Step 7. Taking about 2 inches of the dough form a ball and then flatten the ball with the palm of your hand making a pancake round shape. Add your choice of filling and fold it center of the dough covering it. You want to hide the treat completely inside the dough so nobody can see it. You also don’t want it to spill out during the cooking process.
Ste 8. Once you’ve formed your little dough ball with the filling. Add a little more cooking oil and add the round ball. Now here is the big trick to all of this Hotteok cooking. You need to take a strong spatula and press the dough down to form a flatter pancake shape. It takes only 1 minute to cook so don’t walk away. Then when you go to flip the pancake you have an opportunity to flatten it even more with the spatula and that’s the look you’re going for a more flatten pancake look. It only takes about 1 minute to cook on each side. They brown very fast.
Step 9. Once they are all done and cooked up, plate it up and enjoy them immediately.