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Hotteok – Traditional Korean Dessert Pancakes

You know you want one too!

Traditional street food – hotteok is a Korean favourite! ^^


  • Flour
  • Water
  • Dry yeast
  • Salt
  • Olive oil
  • White sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Crumbed walnuts
  • Cinnamon powder



Make hotteok dough:

  1. Place 1 cup of lukewarm water into a mixing bowl.
  2. Add 2 tbs white sugar, 2 ts yeast, ½ ts salt, 1 tbs olive oil, and stir it well.

Steps 1-2

3. Add 2 cups of all purpose flour and mix it with a rice scoop, or by hand.

Step 3


4. Let the dough rise. It should sit with the lid closed at room temperature for 2 hours.

5. After 2 hours, the dough will rise to double its size. Knead it to remove the gas bubbles in the dough.

*tip: you could oil your hands by wearing surgical gloves and spraying a bit of oil onto each before kneading if you find the dough too sticky.

Risen dough (prior to kneading).

Kneading – yes, it’s sticky! ==’

6. Let it rise for another 10-20 minutes.

Make filling (for 8 hotteok):

  1. Mix ½ cup brown sugar, 1 ts cinnamon powder, and 2 tbs chopped walnuts in a bowl.

*tip: you could use nutella, mozzarella cheese or red bean for stuffing. Invent your own fillings with your favorite ingredients!

Finally…the last part!

  1. Knead the dough again to remove the gas bubbles.
  2. Place and spread about ½ cup flour on your cutting board.
  3. Put the dough on your cutting board and knead it. Make it into a lump, and cut it into 8 equal-sized balls.
  4. Take 1 dough ball, flatten it, put some filling in the center of the dough, and then seal it to make a ball.
  5. Repeat this 8 times to make 8 stuffed balls.

*tip: Use some flour from the cutting board to prevent your fingers from sticking to the dough

5. Heat up your non-stick pan over medium heat and spray with olive oil to coat it.

6. Place 1 ball on the pan and let it cook for 30 seconds.

7. When the bottom of the dough ball is light golden brown, turn it over and press the dough with a spatula to make a thin and wide circle (about the size of a CD).

8. Let it cook about 1 minute until the bottom is golden brown.

9. Turn it over again and turn down the heat very low.

10. Cook through and if unsure – you can microwave it before serving.

Ready to be eaten! Yum! 🙂

Maangchi’s helpful video:

NB: Recipe adapted from Maangchi’s^.