I was watching an episode of The Producers, the Korean drama that has Kim Soo Hyun as the cute and blur-looking rookie PD. In this episode, he is asked by his senior to buy her hotteok (or hoddeok) for breakfast.
Intrigued, I checked it out on the net and it is a korean pancake made from a mixture of flour and glutinous rice flour, filled with a brown sugar cinnamon and nuts mix. Sounds good. Pity I didn’t get to eat this in Korea when I went about a year ago.
I found this recipe here. For a first attempt, I used 1/4 of the recipe.
Hotteok (adapted from Zenkimchi)
- 15 ml water
- 1/2 tbsp sugar
- 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
- 31 grams flour
- 23 grams glutinous rice flour
- pinch of salt
- 30 ml milk
- 3/4 tbsp oil
- 15 grams brown sugar
- 1/4 – 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 – 1 tbsp chopped walnuts, lightly toasted
- Mix dry ingredients for the dough together in a medium bowl.
- Add in wet ingredients and mix until it comes together to form a sticky ball.
- Set aside to proof for about 1 – 1 1/2 hours until at least doubled in size.
- Mix all the ingredients for the filling together.
- Lightly punch down the dough and divide into 4 portions. Form into balls.
- Heat up a frying pan on medium fire with about 3 tbsp of oil.
- Oil your hands and flatten down the dough into a disc about the size of your palm.
- Place about 1 tbsp of filling in the center. Seal the dough well.
- Place ball of dough in the frying pan. Using a spatula, press down on the dough until the dough is somewhat flattened. Do not press too much or the dough might rupture and the sugar will spill out.
- Fry for about 2 minutes on each side until golden brown.
- Drain on kitchen paper and serve hot.
The taste is amazing. Crunchy on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside and utterly sinfully sugary. For this attempt, I think I pressed a bit too much and was too stingy with the sugar. From the cross-section picture below, you can see the sugar is only in a small bit of the dough.
The dough can be a tad sticky but it sure is worth it.
I shall experiment with local flavors!