Hoddeok (ho-dock/duck) is a common street food found in Korea. It’s basically a pancake stuffed with various fillings, sometimes sweet, sometimes savory. This pancake like snack has a crispy and chewy brown outer crust, tuck in the middle is pleasantly sweet brown sugar, cinnamon and walnuts. Despite the pancake name, this is usually not a breakfast item although it can be enjoyed at any time of the day. I remember eating something very similar to this snack when I was young. There was this kuih seller who will come by our house everyday and I will always buy it from him.
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
140 ml milk
60 ml warm water
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp of yeast
1 tsp cinnamon powder
1/2 cup crushed walnuts
4 tbsp of dark brown sugar
1. Mix warm water, sugar and yeast together and set it aside for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes the yeast mixture should be foamy.
2. In a mixing bowl, combined flour, salt, milk and the yeast mixture and knead into dough. Knead until the dough is smooth and it should take about 5 minutes. Set it aside for at least 3 hours or until it becomes twice its size.
3. Mix brown sugar, cinnamon powder and walnut together.
4. Divide dough into equal portions (depend on how big you want) flatten it with your hand and put about a tbsp of filling into it. Wrap it up to form into a ball. Set it aside.
5. Warm up a non stick pan in a medium heat, add about 2 tbsp of oil to it. Flatten the dough with your palm and pan fry the hoddeok on both side until golden brown. While frying continue to flatten the dough with a spatula.
Note: Be careful when you eat this. The filling will be very hot and it might burn your mouth when you eat it. You can replace the walnuts with peanuts or sesame seeds.