The Unique Flavors of Korean Desserts [Sweet and Savory Popularity Top 10]

The Unique Flavors of Korean Desserts [Sweet and Savory Popularity Top 10]

Top 10 Korean Traditional Desserts
Top 10 Korean Traditional Desserts

The Unique Flavors of Korean Traditional Desserts

South Korea is home to a wide variety of traditional desserts, including popular treats like Hotteok, Bingsu, Hodu Gwaja, Bungeoppang, Jeon, Yakgwa, Songpyeon, and Sikhye. Let’s Check about the details of individual food.

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HotteokㅣWikipedia Photo
HotteokWikipedia Photo
  • Sweet Pancakes Filled with Cinnamon and Brown Sugar

    Hotteok is sweet pancakes are filled with a mixture of cinnamon and brown sugar, and then pan-fried until golden and crispy on the outside, while warm and gooey on the inside. They’re perfect for breakfast or as an afternoon snack.


    BingsuㅣWikipedia Photo
    BingsuWikipedia Photo
    • Shaved Ice with Sweet Toppings

    This shaved ice dessert [Bingsu] is typically topped with sweetened condensed milk, fruit, and red bean paste. It’s a refreshing treat that’s perfect for cooling down on a hot summer day.


    • Shaved Ice with Red Bean Paste and Sweet Toppings

    This shaved ice dessert is topped with sweet red bean paste and a variety of toppings such as fruit, mochi, and condensed milk. It’s a popular summer treat that’s perfect for cooling down on a hot day.


    Hodu-gwajaㅣWikipedia Photo
    Hodu-gwajaWikipedia Photo
    • Cookie filled with red bean paste and walnuts

    Hodu-gwaja is a cookie filled with red bean paste and plenty of walnuts inside a soft, bite-sized bread. The cookie originated in Cheonan and is one of the most popular snacks found at highway rest areas.

    Bungeo ppang

    Bungeo ppang ㅣWikipedia Photo
    Bungeo ppang Wikipedia Photo
    • A fish shaped mold and baking it (made by pouring batter and red bean paste)

    Bungeoppang is a dessert that is usually enjoyed in the winter along with “gyeran-bbang” (egg bread) and “hotteok” (sweet pancakes). The dessert is made by pouring batter and red bean paste into a fish-shaped mold and baking it. Recently, various syrups such as custard cream or chocolate are also added to the batter before baking.


    JeonㅣWikipedia Photo
    JeonWikipedia Photo
    • Savory Pancakes with Sweet Fillings

    Jeon is a savory pancake that can be filled with a variety of sweet fillings, such as sweet potato, pumpkin, or red bean paste. The pancakes are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, making them a perfect snack or appetizer.


    YakgwaㅣWikipedia Photo
    YakgwaWikipedia Photo
    • Honey-Sweetened Cookies with a Crispy Texture

    These honey-sweetened cookies [Yakgwa] are lightly fried and have a crispy texture with a hint of ginger flavor. They’re a popular dessert during holidays and special occasions.


    TteokㅣWikipedia Photo
    TteokWikipedia Photo
    • Steamed Rice Cakes in Different Shapes and Flavors

    Tteok is a type of steamed rice cake that comes in different shapes and flavors, such as mugwort, chestnut, or red bean. They’re often enjoyed with tea and are a popular gift during holidays and celebrations.


    SongpyeonㅣWikipedia Photo
    SongpyeonWikipedia Photo
    • Half-Moon-Shaped Rice Cakes with Sweet Fillings

    These half-moon-shaped rice cakes [Songpyeoen]are typically filled with sweet fillings such as honey, chestnut, or red bean paste. They’re often served during the Korean harvest festival, Chuseok, and are a popular gift during this time.


    SikhyeㅣWikipedia Photo
    SikhyeWikipedia Photo
    • Sweet Rice Drink with a Hint of Pineapple Flavor

    This sweet rice drink [Sikhye] has a hint of pineapple flavor and is often served as a dessert or after a meal. It’s made with malted rice and is a popular drink during holidays and celebrations.

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