Cheese Hotteok is a popular Korean pancake with molten cheese inside. Eat these when still fresh and warm from frying to get that irresistible cheese pull.
I have been making lots of these pancakes recently after publishing my previous Hotteok recipe. They are good eaten hot or cold, for breakfast, snack, or dessert. Besides, they are very versatile and all you need is to be creative with the filling as to not get bored with the classic brown sugar-nuts filling. In fact, it can be stuffed with just about anything such as red bean, cheese, vegetables, bulgogi, kimchi, japchae, etc. I love pancakes and I love cheese, so it was only a matter of time before I put the two together for the ultimate food mash-up. Anything that is stuffed with cheese is an immediate win in my book.
Hotteok (호떡) is a type of Korean stuffed pancake. It is about the size of the palm of your hand and they are served piping hot. It is one of the most popular Korean street food and extremely popular during winter. When the weather starts to get cold, this yummy handheld snack is popular for people of all ages because it is hot enough to warm you up.
The traditional version is chewy, but you can find crispy variations in food stalls throughout different neighborhoods in South Korea. The pancake dough is made from a mixture of flour, water or milk, salt, sugar, and yeast. Then, the dough is allowed to rise, filled with filling, placed on a greased griddle, and pressed flat into a large circle with a special tool as it cooks.
This time, I actually substituted some all-purpose flour with glutinous rice flour from the previous Hotteok recipe. It makes these pancakes chewier with little crispiness on the outside. While you can make the dough with only all-purpose flour, but the glutinous rice flour makes hotteok chewier. However, I have to confess that I love the ones made with only all-purpose flour more. I heard that people who have tried hotteok before said that the dough made with only all-purpose flour does not taste that authentic. Nonetheless, I think it all depends on your preference thought which one you like.
There is just something about that beautiful cheese pull with each one that makes this completely irresistible. To get that pull, mozzarella cheese is a must, but sometimes using only mozzarella cheese tastes mild. Therefore, if you prefer the more cheesy flavor, I recommend mixing some cheddar or parmesan cheese to the mozzarella cheese filling.
More Korean Snacks Recipes
Do you love Korean food? If you don’t know, I have several recipes that you will love.
- Korean Potato Cheese Pancakes
- Korean Rice Cake with Honey
- Rice Cake Churros
- Kimchi Kimbap
- Kimchi Pancake