Hotteok (Stuffed Pancake)

Seoul Travel Guides / November 15, 2016
Hotteok (Stuffed Pancake) Image credit: Charles Haynes

Once upon a time, a wise Korean said, “Those plain pancakes are nice, but I can make them better.” He proceeded to stuffing the pancakes with all kinds of sweet and savory filling, and then Seoul lived happily ever after. Not exactly a historically accurate story, but who’s to say, right?

Hotteok is actually more of a donut than a pancake. It comes in an assortment of sweet and savory variants such as sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar, stuffed with red bean paste, ground peanuts, sweet potato, onions, or even japchae – really interesting variants. Hotteok is best eaten fresh off the pan but be careful of the hot, sticky filling that can burn your mouth.

Here are the best places to have hotteok in Seoul.

  • INSADONG | Jongno-gu
    For quick grubs in between shopping for quirky trinkets
    What to order: Hotteok, Ddeokbokki, Odeng
    Price range: 500 to 4,000 Won ($0.43 to $3.42)
    When: 11:00 – 22:00 Daily
    Where: Insa-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul
  • TEOLBO'S HOTTEOK | Insadong
    For hotteok that’s wildly popular in Seoul
    What to order: Black Sesame Hotteok, Green Tea Hotteok, Hotteok with Onions
    Price range: 600 to 1,000 Won ($0.51 to $0.86)
    When: 14:00 – 22:00 Daily
    Where: Ssamji-gil, Insa-dong, Jongo-gu, Seoul
  • SAMBODANG | Insadong
    For a taste of Internet’s most popular hotteok
    What to order: Sweet Hotteok, Japchae Hotteok
    Price range: 3,000 to 10,000 Won ($2.57 to $8.57)
    When: 10:00 to 20:30 Daily except 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month
    Where: 48-1 Insadong-gil, Jongo-gu, Seoul
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