Sample Korean Desserts
Koreans don’t usually eat dessert after every meal. Lightly sweetened treats are usually enjoyed at special celebrations or with tea. “Tteok” is the country’s most famous confection, an assortment of colorful rice cakes filled with bean or nut pastes and can be purchased from markets or specialty stores like Jilsiru. “Hotteok,” sold mostly at food carts during winter months, is a dough pancake with a brown sugar center that warms the belly. In the summer, the trend transitions to “bingsu.” This shaved ice bowl comes with an abundant choice of toppings that include red or adzuki beans, syrups, nut powders, and fruits. European style cafes, like Passion 5, have now become the rage for friends wanting to meet up and split multi-layered cakes and pastries.
By Lara Dalinsky, AFAR Local Expert