Bread dough with syrupy sugar filling cooked on the stovetop. A delicious pancake to enjoy for breakfast or snack with coffee or tea.Story has it that when the Qing dynasty dispatched armies to Korea in 1882, 40 merchants arrived with the Chinese soldiers. When the Qing dynasty fell, the merchants elected to stay in Korea, opened a restaurant and started selling dumplings and hotteok. Chinese dumplings being savory, these merchants adapted the food they sold to suit the Koreans’ penchant for sweet food. Hotteok with sweet filling was born and has since become a popular street food typically eaten in winter.Unlike Western pancakes, the Korean pancake hotteok is made with leavened dough. A portion of the dough is rolled flat, filled with a mixture of crushed toasted nuts and sugar, formed into a bun, fried and flattened in the pan.