Pan Fried Buns

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Lately, I’ve been watching too much Korean drama. 😬 There’s this one where a baker guy used to sell hotteok on the streets.

Hotteok? Is that like a hotdog?

Last week, I came upon it while doing grocery shopping online. I looked it up and realized it’s a pan-fried bun! That’s like my favorite food already!

I’ve never been to Korea, never had a real fresh hotteok on the streets. But from the ingredients listed and description, I can just taste it in my head.

Here’s my take on the pan-fried bread.  Don’t know if it’s authentic but it’s good. 😋

Pan-fried Bun (8 buns)

1 cup room temperature water

1.25 tsp salt

1 tbsp sugar

1-2 tsp instant yeast

2.5 – 3 cups all purpose flour

2 tbsp oil

Filling of your choice e.g. Red bean paste, Nutella, peanut butter etc

Mix the first 4 ingredients together in a big bowl.

Add enough flour so that the dough is soft and a little tacky. That’s usually about a little less than 3 cups for me.

Now add in the oil and mix. Stop mixing when the dough begins to feel a little sticky again. This should take less than a minute.

Cover your bowl with a towel and leave it to rise in a warm place until double. If you use more yeast, it will take a shorter time. For me, if I were in a hurry, I would use 2 tsp yeast. It would take about 30-45 minutes. If I had a couple of hours, sometimes I would use only 1/4 tsp yeast and let it work its magic slowly.

When the dough has doubled, pat it down and divide it into 8 portions.

Oil your hands to keep from sticking.

Flatten each piece on the palm of your hand, put the filling in the middle of the dough and pinch up the edges to close. Pat to flatten.

To cook, heat up a pan with oil. Gently pan-fry each side. At some point, I  covered the pan while frying.

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Its best enjoyed while fresh but it’ll still be good the next day. I tell you, the smell of fresh pan-fried bread is really something.

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