Sweets are always a delight, won’t you agree? Most people love sweets, if they do not then, they at least want it after dinner.
After all, who can say no to desserts?
People are saying I’m getting too much into Korean cuisine these days, Korean drinks, Korean pickles…
Well, but can Korean food be too much??
I don’t think so, there is so much to explore.
Today, I am sharing some of the amazing Korean desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth.
If you want to try desserts from somewhere else, Korea is a good option.
Korean desserts are not just some simple sugar foods, they are amazing.
What I like is the efforts and love they put into their foods and desserts.
Let’s start things off with the best Korean dessert that is a must try!
In short, Hotteok is a fried pancake with a filling of nuts and syrup. It looks just like a small flat sandwich which has a pancake -like appearance.
Basically, a small dough is filled with nuts and syrup to prepare this Korean dessert. Then, it is either baked or deep fried.
Traditionally, hotteok is deep fried and served hot. In fact, people love it with a scoop of ice cream on the top.
Dalgona is a caramel candy and one of the most popular Korean sweets. It got more popular after the tv series, squid games.
To make this candy, you need to heat sugar with a bit of baking soda.
The fact that you can mould these into creative designs is the coolest part!
Yakbap or Yaksik
Korean rice cakes called yaksik or yakbap are made with sticky rice combined with chestnuts, Jujube fruit, and pine nuts.
For seasoning brown sugar, honey, cinnamon and soy sauce is used.
The rice is not turned into a paste like in most other varieties of Korean rice cakes, and the grain is still present. Yaksik’s natural hue is brown as a result of the seasoning.
Yaksik is typically scooped with a spoon off the tray while it is warm and sticky. Once cold, it is simple to cut into squares and consume with one’s hands.
It is a dish that is consumed at the festival of Daeboreum, which honours the first full moon of the lunar new year.
Dasik is a delicious delicacy that may be made into a variety of shapes and designs.
It gives both locals and visitors a glimpse into the exquisiteness of traditional Korean design.
Dasik is made up of rice flour, honey, and a variety of grains, nuts, medicinal herbs, and starch. Following that, the batter is placed in a Dasik mould and served.
Typically, this rich snack is served with tea.
Regardless of the foundation ingredient, dasik is always made in specific dasikpan moulds and is available in a variety of vibrant colours.
Finally, it is a fascinating sweet delicacy with a distinctive sweet and salty flavour profile.
Gyeongdan is a sort of Korean rice cake that is formed into bite-sized balls.
Basically, it is created with a batter that contains either rice flour or broom corn flour.
After being boiled in hot water, these are rolled in honey, mul-yeot, or powdered grains.
Traditional Korean rice cakes known as tteok can be made from glutinous or non-glutinous rice.
Despite being generally sweet and eaten as desserts, the cakes are very adaptable. In fact, certain basic variants can be used in savoury recipes.
Rice is often prepared by heating, pounding, or kneading it into a flexible dough that can optionally be enhanced with additional ingredients and formed into various shapes.
Basically, yakgwa is a wheat based Korean dessert. Sifted wheat flour, sesame oil, honey, ginger juice, and cheongju (redwine) are mixed together to create the dough.
Sesame oil and flour are combined by hand, then the mixture is poured through a mesh sieve.
Following the addition of sugar syrup and soju, a mixture of flour and sesame oil is created. This mixture is then sheeted and cut into squares.
Yakgwa is either pressed into the flower-shaped wooden moulds known as yakgwa-pan or pounded flat with a mallet.
Along with yakgwa and dasik, people serve it on significant occasions like feasts or funerals. Glutinous rice flour and alcohol are combined to make it.
Further, it is cut into different forms and dried in the shade. Next, it is covered with honey and deep-fried in oil.
They are easily available in Korea and many people love it as a snack.
Essentially, Bingsu is a shaved ice dessert from Korea. People often make it at home with canned beans.
Korean shaved ice dessert is quite popular and comes with a variety of toppings.
Some of the toppings are red beans, chopped fruits, and fruit syrup.
Moreover, this dessert comes in other flavours such as green tea and coffee.
Jeungpyeon, also known as Sultteok, is a type of rice cake made with rice flour and makgeolli (Korean rice wine).
After fermenting, the batter is topped with chestnuts, jujube fruit, pine nuts, and edible flowers. Then, it is steamed until fully cooked.
Jeungpyeon is a summer classic because the heat aids in the fermentation process. Because of the makgeolli, the texture is very light and fluffy, similar to that of a sponge cake.
So that’s it about the Korean desserts, hopefully, you’ll try them out in future.
What I personally love about Korean desserts are their aesthetic appearance. Do let me know what you love about them in the comment section.