Sweet pancakes with brown sugar syrup filling

Hotteok 호떡

Hotteok is a flour dough pancake filled with sugar syrup inside. It’s one of the most popular street snacks in Korea.

Ok, now it’s time for me to release my hotteok recipe!


I used to make hotteok for my children. How often? So many times! When they came home from school, I would surprise them with my hotteok. I never made it before they came. I prepared some well-fermented dough and the brown sugar mixture. That’s all! Once they entered the home, I said, “Wash your hands and come back to the kitchen! Hotteok will be ready~” with big smile.  My children were so happy and excited!

A glass of milk and hot hot hotteok with sizzling golden syrup! Wouldn’t you like it? Yes, children love it! If you want to entertain your children, wait for them with the preparation just as I did.

I make hotteok for myself and my friends these days. Where are my little children!!

I sometimes miss the old times. They are already grownups and live far away from me.

Serve or eat hotteok right after you make it. If someone gives me cold hotteok, I will feel insulted. : )  I will refuse to eat it and save my empty stomach for kimchi and rice! lol


Flour, water, dry yeast, kosher salt, vegetable oil, turbinado sugar (or brown sugar), sugar, walnuts, and cinnamon powder.


Make hotteok dough:

  1. Place 1 cup of lukewarm water into a mixing bowl.
  2. Add 2 tbs white sugar, 2 ts yeast, ½ ts kosher salt, 1 tbs vegetable oil, and stir it well.
  3. Add 2 cups of all purpose flour and mix it with a rice scoop, or by hand.
  4. Let the dough rise. It should sit with the lid closed at room temperature for 1 hour.
  5. After an hour the dough will rise to double its size. Knead it to remove the gas bubbles in the dough.
  6. Let it rise for another 10-20 minutes.

Make filling (for 8 hotteok):

  1. Mix ½ cup turbinado sugar, 1 ts cinnamon powder, and 2 tbs chopped walnuts in a bowl.
    *tip: you could use mozzarella cheese for stuffing. Invent your own fillings with your favorite ingredients!

Let’s make hotteok!

  1. Knead the dough again to remove the gas bubbles.
  2. Place and spread about ½ cup flour on your cutting board.
  3. Put the dough on your cutting board and knead it. Make it into a lump, and cut it into 8 equal-sized balls.

  4. Take 1 dough ball, flatten it, put some filling in the center of the dough, and then seal it to make a ball.
  5. Repeat this 8 times to make 8 stuffed balls.
    *tip: Use some flour from the cutting board to prevent your fingers from sticking to the dough
  6. Heat up your non-stick pan over medium heat and add some vegetable oil.
  7. Place 1 ball on the pan and let it cook for 30 seconds.
  8. When the bottom of the dough ball is light golden brown, turn it over and press the dough with a spatula to make a thin and wide circle (about the size of a CD).
  9. Let it cook about 1 minute until the bottom is golden brown.
  10. Turn it over again and turn down the heat very low.
  11. Place the lid on the pan and cook 1 more minute. The brown sugar filling mixture will be melted to syrup!hotteok (호떡)


Serve hot!




  1. unknown0991 joined 3/10 & has 1 comment

    First of all I’d like to say thank you very much for sharing such great recipes!! I think I’ve tried two recipes so far and they both turned out well ^^
    I’m going to attempt to make this tonight ^.^
    I just want to ask, can you only use the dough the day you made it? Or can you save it for a day or so? (Sorry for the amateur question)
    Thank you once again!
    Love your food!

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 12,051 comments

      no, you can keep the dough in the fridge up to 3-4 days. Put the leftover dough in a plastic bag. Make sure the bag is bigger than the dough because the dough is going to expand. Good luck with making delicious hoddeok!

  2. darksparkle The Netherlands joined 3/10 & has 2 comments

    The moment I saw this recipe I wanted to make it. Now I’ve made some and me and my family loved it! Thank you so much for this recipe! It’s so easy and delicious! The name of this recipe is so funny! I told my mom about it and she thought I was saying: Hotdog. lol!

  3. happy002 Australia joined 11/09 & has 4 comments

    Hi Maangchi! This loooks really really delicious! I’m definitely going to make some and i’ll let you know when i do! By the way, can i use instant dried yeast? Is that the same? Thanks!

  4. BenjieM State of Kuwait joined 3/10 & has 2 comments

    Hello Maangchi,

    I made this recipe today “Hoddoek” and guess what my kids really love it and requested me to double the recipe next time. Easy to make but the outcome is fantastic! Enjoy eating it! Thank you

  5. Mingie The Netherlands joined 3/10 & has 6 comments

    Hey Maangchi! Thanks for your recipe. I made this (traditional pancakes) today, so simple and delicious^^ I forgot to take pictures. My brother and I liked it very much. 당신을 감사하십시오

  6. cat76 joined 3/10 & has 1 comment

    Mozarella filling! Never heard of it, but sounds like a good idea!

    oh, btw, I remember sometimes people put chapchae noodle with vegetables as filling. I haven’ had it for years…. ah the memory…

  7. Libelle Germany joined 10/09 & has 30 comments

    Maangchi unnie and Reinier…you guys are a great cooking duo! ^^ Absolutely loved seeing you guys cooking together, it looks like you had so much fun! The hoddeok look sooo delicious that my husband and I are going to have to make them this weekend. ^^

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 12,051 comments

      Yes, it was so fun! Reinier is such a skilled cook. Let me know how your “uh,oh, hoddeok” turns out. : )

      • Libelle Germany joined 10/09 & has 30 comments

        Maangchi unni, we made your “uh oh hoddeok” the other day with hazelnuts and they came out scrumptious! There were lots of “mmmms” and “uhhh so yummy” when we ate them but I think my husband hit the nail on the head with his response after trying one: “Maangchi’s done it again!” he said, and yes you have! ^^ Thanks again for yet another great recipe! We will be making these again and again and again. haha

    • Reinier Rotterdam, The Netherlands joined 2/09 & has 102 comments

      uh, oh! Yeah, we had lots of fun!

  8. susannevh rotterdam, the netherland joined 3/09 & has 21 comments

    soo nice to see Reinier. keep up the good work, Maangchi in the Netherlands we really love you. You’re world famous. We’ll make Reinier the Dutch Maangchi.

  9. annabanana Vancouver, Canada joined 2/09 & has 68 comments

    Ahh! It’s Reinier in motion. Always fun to put a person to a name.

    Maangchi, your hoddeok looks foine. It must’ve tasted divine…your lucky kids!

  10. violin123 Arizona joined 1/10 & has 10 comments

    Oh hoddeok! This food definitely Reminds me of Korea. Maangchi, I bought all the ingredients after I watched this video. I think I can make this one. I’ll let you know.

  11. soko2usa Minnesota joined 4/09 & has 55 comments

    I feel like this is a milestone on the Maangchi site! Maangchi and Reinier in the same video! The second I saw the sticky dough and Reinier’s rings I wanted to poke him through the screen and tell him to take them off so they don’t get dough stuck to them, but it looks like they made it alright. When I try this recipe I’ll probably get dough everywhere, lol.

    Thinking up fillings for the hoddeuk will be so fun, I bet they’d be good filled with colby-jack cheese and salsa.


  12. lala MI joined 3/10 & has 1 comment

    wow, great recipe! i cant wait to make it. btw, wat else can we put in it? can we put like, sweet red beans in it? or thinly sliced apples or strawberries and white granulated sugar? is the walnut n brown sugar the traditional filling?

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 12,051 comments

      Invent your own fillings and let us know. You must be a creative person! Yes, walnut and cinnamon powder in brown sugar is more traditional filling.

  13. sirdanilot Terneuzen, The Netherlands joined 10/09 & has 25 comments

    Really fun video and hoddeok is delicious :)

    Is Reinier really tall or is Maangchi really short… :)

  14. CrazyC joined 3/10 & has 5 comments

    I love these! When I go to LA, I always go to the Korean grocery store to get it. But the lady moved… :( The one in HMart in Chicago does not taste as good! So now I can make it myself!

    BTW I’m jealous of Reinier! He gets to cook with you! :)

  15. mina denmark joined 7/09 & has 16 comments

    oh my goddddd, i was waiting for you to post this recipe! i was so disappointed when i found out my mom (AND MY GRANDMA) both use the boxed mix and don’t like to make it from scratch. i can understand it’s easier, but the long way tastes better. ^^

    thanks again, maangchi!

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