How do you like your street food? I like it spicy, crunchy, hot, salty, and sweet. I like it every way, really. Eating street vendor food is one of my all time favorite activities. If you are like me, this recipe will be a treat. Hoddeok is one of the most popular street foods in Korea. It is a sweet and yeasty treat. Imagine a sort of sweet, chewy pancake filled with brown sugar and nuts. Now, I am literally drooling as I write this.
Try this recipe and see for yourself ^^. Let the Gopher know how it turns out!
- 1 Tbsp. active dry yeast
- ½ cup warm water, plus 3 Tbsp for proofing the yeast
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- ½ tsp kosher salt
- 1 Tbsp. sugar
- ½ cup water
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 2 Tbsp. of roughly chopped roasted peanuts
- 2 tsp. toasted sesame seeds
- ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
- a pinch of salt
- all purpose flour
- coconut oil
- To make yeast slurry: combine the yeast with 3 Tbsp. warm water in a small bowl. Mix them all together. Let the slurry sit for about 10 minutes to proof.
- Meanwhile, add the remaining ingredients from “Dough” to a large mixing bowl. Add the proofed yeast slurry and bring it all together.
- Cover this with plastic wrap and set it aside to rest in a warm place for an hour to rise.
*The amount of rising time needed may vary depending on temperature.
- While the dough is rising, prepare the filling by combining all of the ingredients from “Filling” in a small bowl. Give it a good stir and set aside.
- Once the dough is nicely risen, generously flour a clean surface, as well as your hands to work the dough. Put the dough on the surface, make it into a lump, and cut it into 4 equal size pieces with your hand. Make each quarter into a nice round shape and set them aside on the floured surface.
- Heat a medium sized skillet and add 1 Tbsp. coconut oil to it. Once the skillet gets hot, turn the heat down to medium.
- Next, place a ball of dough in your hand and spread it out a bit. Get a nice full spoon of filling and use the spoon to make an impression in the dough. This impression will house the filling. Then, add ¼ of the filling mixture to the dough taking care to bring the dough up around the filling.
- Place the filled ball, seam side down, in the skillet. Cook it for about 30 seconds over medium heat, then flip it over and press it down firmly with a spatula. Let this cook for about 2-3 minutes, then flip it over and cook it for another 2-3 minutes.
- Repeat step 7 & 8 to make 3 more pancakes. Add more coconut oil as needed.
- Serve immediately and enjoy.
*The filling can stay hot for a few minutes. Give it a few minutes so it doesn’t burn your mouth.
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