Making Hotteoks At Home

Some times you have to wonder what you get yourself into. This month on The Korea Blog, I’m doing a series on making Korean food at home. It sounds easy enough, and Jo and I do our fair share of cooking, but let me tell you, making hotteoks was the biggest challenge I’ve ever faced in the kitchen.

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Jo and I found a mix at our local market some time ago and have been wanting to make these delicious treats at home for some time. That’s why, when I proposed this series for The Korea Blog, I knew I had to include this as one of the videos. To learn how I made them, read the article on the site.

This video was once again shot with the GoPro Camera. In the tight quarters of the kitchen, it really allows one to create some great shots without being too far away. The Edutige ETM-001 plugged into the camera also performed well, although a mental note must be made to turn off the water cooler next time. The buzzing can be heard in the video. That gives you an idea how good that mic really is.

While Jo and I recorded the audio during our shoot, I opted to record a short voice over for the final video using the Zoom H2. Since getting the Edutige mics, I haven’t used it as much for vlogs, but it is still such a great little recorder.

What did the Hotteoks Taste Like?


Seriously, they did. Even with our “Texas” sized portions, we were able to make 8 of the 10 purported hotteoks on the box. They tasted every bit as good as the ones you get on the street, if not more so. Why? The fried goodness. Since these were thicker, I had to cook them longer in the oil. This meant the outsides were more well done than the thin ones on the street. The end result was a chewy inside and crunchy outside. Even better, the cinnamon/sugar/nut mixture was heated to perfection and oozed deliciousness down my fingers.

Ultimately, it is far too much work to make this on a regular basis, but still fun to do every once in a while.

Have you ever made street food at home? What’s your favorite street food?

  • Maria

    practice makes perfect.  guess you need to make more – save a plate for me, I’ll be right over. *laugh* 

    • qiranger

      You might have to wait in line!

  • Kevin Flynn

    That looks tasty. Hotteok is amazing. I hope you can post about making tteokbokki in the future. I would love to learn to make the sauce to add it to proteins. Great video!

    • qiranger

      Actually a very basic 떡볶이 is made just by diluting gochujang with water. There isn’t really anything complicated to it. Put the rice cakes in a pot with what ever else you want, add some gohujang and water, and let it simmer.

  • jinseokjin

    It is really hard to cook hotteok. ㅠ..ㅠ

    • qiranger

      That it is. I will make them better next time!