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Hi everybody! Bungeoppang, the super-popular Korean street snack is here! : )
After watching this video you’ll be able to make it at home whenever you want. This will be a relief for those of you who used to live in Korea, because I’m sure you’re missing this sweet, hot, delicious treat.
For those of you who never had it, it’s a crispy outside, hot, fish shaped bread in the shape of a fish, with a red bean filling. In Korean, a “bungeo” is a crucian carp, which looks like a big goldfish. And “ppang” is the Korean word for bread. They sell them all over the Korea in the streets, and they’re very cheap.
My readers have been requesting this recipe for years, but I thought it would be impossible to make at home and have it taste like it does on the streets of Korea. And I didn’t think I’d be able to find the fish-shaped pan that I needed. Then on a recent trip to Los Angeles I found one in a kitchenware store in Koreatown!
I was thrilled! I couldn’t wait to get back home and try it out. I missed the taste of bungeoppang so much, and since I always closely watched the vendors working, I had a pretty good idea of how to make it. And I also remembered the taste and texture of the bread. It should be soft and fluffy, but not spongy. It should still be a little crispy.
I also set out to make it more nutritious by adding milk to the batter, and even though this was delicious it wasn’t the taste I remembered and used to love, so I don’t use it anymore. It’s funny that trying to upgrade my childhood snack ended up being unsatisfying! Food, taste, and memory are closely tied together, sometimes it’s hard to change them.
I never like cold bungeoppang. I’d rather go hungry than eat it. So if you make this for your loved ones, make them gather round as you make it, and serve it to them right off the pan. “Ok, this is yours… and the next batch will be yours…”
Beware, it’s going to be super-hot, especially the filling!
Try making this at home! Here’s some info on where to buy the pan, and let me know how it turns out if you make it!
Ingredients (for 6 bungeoppang)
Posted Wednesday, March 19th, 2014 at 10:49 pm
Tagged: bungeobbapng, bungeoppang, 붕어빵, fish bread, fish shaped bread, Korean fish bread, korean food, Korean recipes, Korean street snack, sweet red bean, taiyaki, vegetarian dessert, vegetarian food, vegetarian snack
Originally posted on March 19, 2014 at 10:49 pm by Maangchi
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