If it weren’t for Robyn, a.k.a. the Girl Who Ate Everything, I never would have known what hotteok was and might have gotten back to the US without trying it, even though I saw it all over the place at some of the markets. Hotteok is a type of yeasted pancake filled with a sugary filling. Most I saw seemed to be filled with a cinnamon sugar mixture, which turned into a sweet and slightly gooey filling when the pancakes were cooked. I picked up a baked hotteok. I didn’t see any fried ones, although Robyn found those, as well.
The hotteok was prepared by rolling out pieces of a soft, yeast dough until they were very thin, putting a scoop of a dry cinnamon sugar sugar mixture in the center and rolling them out again. The pancakes were placed in bakers that reminded me of campfire waffle irons (without the waffle pattern) and cooked. The hotteok came out crispy and hot. The sugar in the center melted down nicely and was nicely moist and sticky. Even though the texture wasn’t the same, it did remind me slightly of a churro because of the crispy exterior and the cinnamon-sugar flavor