In this travel video we sample various kinds of cheap and delicious Korean street food at Namdaemun Market in Seoul, Korea. One of our favourites is Hotteok, a sweet treat, that is especially popular during the fall and winter seasons. We also try various battered objects including rice cakes, lobster rolls and spicy hotdogs. Finally, we watch a demonstration where honey, malt and flour are moulded into Korean rice cakes. When in Korea be sure to try out the street food!
nomadicsamuel.com : In South Korea, inexpensive food may be purchased from Pojangmacha, street carts during the day, where customers may eat standing beside the cart or have their food wrapped up to take home. At night, they becomes small tents that sell foods, drinks, and alcoholic beverages. Seasonal foods include hotteok, and bungeoppang, which are enjoyed in autumn and winter. Gimbap and tteokbokki are also very popular street food: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Korean_cuisine#Street_food
Hotteok is a variety of filled Korean pancake, and is a popular street food of South Korea. It is usually eaten during the winter season. The dough for hotteok is made from wheat flour, water, milk, sugar, and yeast. The dough is allowed to rise for several hours. Handful-sized balls of this stiff dough are filled with a sweet mixture, which may contain brown sugar, honey, chopped peanuts, and cinnamon. The filled dough is then placed on a greased griddle, and pressed flat into a large circle with a special tool with a stainless steel circle and wooden handle as it cooks. In South Korea, ready-made dry hotteok mix is commercially available in plastic packages. The mix also comes with a filling consisting of brown sugar and ground peanuts or sesame seeds. It is generally believed that hotteok originated from Chinese merchants who immigrated to Korea after the late 19th century. Unlike many Chinese pancakes, which often contain savory meat fillings, hotteok are stuffed with sweet fillings, to suit Koreans' tastes.
The types of hotteok have been changing continuously although many favour the traditional cinnamon and peanut filling. Many variations have developed since the early 21st century, such as green tea hotteokphoto, pink bokbunja hotteok, corn hotteok, and more. Hotteok is usually eaten during the winter season but it is not recommended to overindulge due its high sugar content; a single hotteok may have as many as 230 calories: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hotteok
This video features the song ''Moderato - Alexander Blu" available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Commercial license.
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