Bungeoppang

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Bungeoppang
Bungeoppang-01.jpg
Bungeoppang being sold in Toronto
Course Dessert
Place of origin Korea
Main ingredients Batter, red bean paste
Cookbook: Bungeoppang  Media: 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. This name simply comes from the fish-like shape and appearance of the pastry, and it does not contain any ingredients from its namesake fish or any other fish.

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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References[edit]

  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.