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Bungeoppang being sold in Toronto
Course Dessert
Place of origin Korea
Main ingredients Batter, red bean paste
Cookbook:Bungeoppang  Bungeoppang
Hangul or 어빵 (NK: 어빵)[1]
Revised Romanization bungeoppang / ingeoppang (NK: ringeoppang)
McCune–Reischauer pungŏ ppang / ingŏ ppang (NK: ringŏ ppang)

Bungeoppang (lit. “crucian carp cake/bread”) is the Korean name of a pastry similar to the Japanese fish-shaped pastry taiyaki.

Bungeoppangs are prepared using an appliance similar to a waffle iron. The batter is poured into a fish-shaped mold, red bean paste is added, then more batter to encase the red bean paste. The mold is then closed, and roasted.[2]

In Korean, bung'eo (붕어) means Carassius, a kind of fish, and ppang (빵) means bread.

Bungeoppang was first introduced into Korea by the Japanese during the Colonial Korea in the 1930s.[3]

Bungeoppang is sold as a snack by open-air food vendors throughout Korea during winter. In 2009, one U.S. dollar could purchase four or five bungeoppangs, depending on the location.

The vendors sell them in a similar way to Korean eomuk (어묵) or Japanese kamaboko. Hotteoks (호떡) are made and sold in a similar way to that of bungeoppang.

There are also bungeoppang-shaped waffles filled with ice cream and pat (sweetened and boiled red beans or azuki beans). These waffles are usually mass-produced and sold by retailers, not by open-air food vendors.

Similar variations also exist:

  • Gukhwappang (국화, “chrysanthemum cake”) is essentially identical to bungeoppang, only it is a flower-shaped pastry.
  • gyeranppang (, lit. “chicken egg cake”) is filled with egg and it has a shape of rounded rectangle.

Because each pastry looks exactly the same, Bungeoppang in Korean can colloquially refer to things that look identical.

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  1. ^ Martin, Samuel E. (1992). A Reference Grammar of Korean (1st Edition ed.). Rutland and Tokyo: Charles E. Tuttle Publishing. p. 95. ISBN 0-8048-1887-8. līnge 
  2. ^ Goldberg, Lina "Asia's 10 greatest street food cities" CNN Go. 23 March 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-11
  3. ^ 이규연 (2003-12-13). 분수대 붕어빵 (in Korean). JoongAng Ilbo. Retrieved 2007-07-09.