When you think of Korean cuisine your thoughts might immediately go to such things as Kimchi, noodles, soup, Korean BBQ, or even Korean Tacos, but did you know that Koreans have a penchant for sweet treats as well?
The local speciality of Gyeongju, South Korea, this small flower shaped pastry dish is a sweet bite into into heaven. It consists of a thin layer of dough and filled with a dense red bean paste. It was designated “outstanding regional specialty” by the Korean government.
A favorite treat of Korean children, Yakgwa is a fried doughy Korean dessert made from honey, sesame oil and wheat flour. It has a granulous, sticky texture and is very rich, but also very delicious!
Tteok (Rice Cakes)
Korean rice cakes are Korea’s most famous treat. Made with steamed rice flour and filled with a sweet bean, sesame, or chestnut puree. Korean rice cakes are traditionally eaten at weddings, birthdays, and on New Years. Although not as sweet as many western desserts, tteok comes in a huge swath of varieties and it’s worth trying at least a few of them.
Patbingsu is a very popular shaved ice dessert. It consists of shaved ice and red bean paste, and is commonly topped with chopped fruit, condensed milk, fruit syrup and azuki beans. This versatile Korean dessert is delectable, exotic, and low in calories!
Manjo is a flour based pastry similar to China’s moon cake, but not as dense and with more texture. Manjoo typically includes a brown flower base and is filled with sweet potato, red bean, vanilla or sesame custard. It is sometimes topped with dry fruit or nuts.
Pepero is a delicious, crunchy cookie stick dipped in a sugary confection. Common flavors include chocolate, strawberry, almond, white chocolate, and tiramisu cheese. Pepero even has its own special holiday in Korea, not unlike Valentine’s Day. Pepero boxes are exchanged to show affection for friends and loved ones.
Also known as Korean court cake, this korean dessert consists of thousands of honey-maltose strands wrapped around a mixture of nuts and chocolate. Is it a symbol of health, longevity, and good fortune.
Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth at Lotte Plaza Market
Lotte Plaza Market is your one-stop shop for all of your Korean sweets. With more than 10 locations in Maryland and Virginia, this growing market is always expanding and opening new markets to better serve our customers. Opened since 1976, our goal has always been to provide the best customer service and groceries to our customers. For answers to all of your questions, email us at LottePlaza.com.