A simple recipe for Hotteok Cake, Korean Sweet Pancakes

Hotteok is a pancake filled with bean paste sold as a typical South Korean street food snack made from sticky rice flour. The price is relatively cheap. It has a round shape and is often referred to as a typical Korean sweet pancake. Hotteok generally contains a combination of brown sugar, cinnamon, honey and pine nuts.

Simple hotteok fillings can be replaced with others, such as chocolate or red bean paste.

This cake is fried using quite a lot of oil and is better eaten while it is still warm. So it is very popular as a snack during winter.

This cake was known at the end of the 19th century by Chinese traders who settled in Korea. Unlike Chinese pancakes which contain meat, hotteok is filled with sweet beans to suit Korean tastes.

A simple recipe for Hotteok Cake, Korean Sweet Pancakes.


300 gr all-purpose wheat flour

180 grams of sticky rice flour

1 tbsp instant yeast

2 tsp fine sugar

250 ml milk

1/4 cup water

3/4 tsp salt

Filling ingredients:

150 gr brown sugar

150 gr refined sugar

1/4 cup walnuts or cashews, finely chopped

1/4 cup black sesame seeds, ground

2 tsp cinnamon powder

2 tbsp margarine (or as needed)

How to make hotteok

1. Mix wheat flour, sticky rice flour, yeast and powdered sugar in a container. Set aside.

2. Mix the milk and water evenly in a heat-resistant container. Heat the milk and water mixture in the microwave or oven for 20 seconds. Pour the milk into the flour mixture, stir until evenly mixed.

3. Knead the dough for 2 minutes on a place that has been lightly sprinkled with flour. Add salt then knead again until smooth. Shape the dough into a round, place it in a bowl sprinkled with flour. Cover with damp paper and leave to rise for 10 minutes.

4. While waiting for the dough to ferment, prepare the filling. Put brown sugar, granulated sugar, walnuts, sesame seeds and cinnamon into a plastic bag. Close the bag and shake until everything is mixed.

5. Roll the hotteok dough into a cylindrical shape, cut it into 10 pieces and round each. Then flatten the dough round using a rolling pin until it is about 5 inches in size. Take the dough and put 2 spoonfuls of filling in the middle. Wrap it tightly so that the filling doesn't come out when cooking. Pinch the edge of the dough, then place it in a floured place. Repeat until all the batter is used.

6. Flatten or press the filled dough again. Melt the butter, cook over medium heat for approximately 5 to 10 minutes. Flip it over so the surface doesn't burn. Hotteok is ready to be served.

That's the information about Korean-style street food and hopefully it's useful.