Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Korean Food:Winter Treat!# Hobbang

Winter officially starts in Korea wee ^^ and yesterday they had snow, second snow for this season!!^^Two years ago in one of my entry, I suggested Bong eo bbang as one of snack that should try if you come over to Korea during winter. Today, I will suggest all of you another snack that taste good and its only available during winter.^^

This snack known as Hobbang (호빵). Hobbang can be found at convenient store like CU, GS25, 7-Eleven or supermarket. Long time ago, this snack were available at the street as its one of famous street snack(during winter) in Korea. Due to enforcement of licensing program, illegal street stalls are hardly to find these days unless at touristic place like Myeongdong and Hongdae.

Hobbang were made from rice cake. However for Muslim and vegan travelers, you should ask first before buying! Some of hobbang filling with curry, might consist of meat (chicken, beef or pork)(Yes Muslim can eat chicken or beef but it must be slaughtered in Islamic ways) otherwise Muslim traveler can't consume it. If the filling are red bean or vegetables, then Muslim and vegan have no problem with it. ^^

Certain countries in Asia have the same snack but of course the name is different and the filling are various!^^ After some research, I can't found where Hobbang originate as its looks the same, and most countries claimed themselves as its origins.ㅋㅋㅋ Anyway here are the countries that have the same snack!~

China =   Baozhi
Malaysia= Pau
Japan= Nikuman
Philippines = Siopao
Mongolia= Buuz


Pau (Malaysian Version)

p/s: At Malaysia, this snack are very cheap and available 365 days!~Wee ^^ㅋㅋ We can get it either at the street (street food), restaurant or supermarket (instant pau)where you have to steam it at home. Plus the filling are various too compare anywhere else ㅋㅋ, our fillings are red beans, coconut sprinkle, coconut jam, strawberry jam, custard, curry,vegetable, meat,chicken, pork (for non-Muslim) and sweet corn. However, in Korea they said this snack is expensive,only available during winter and their filling is limited, only red beans, pizza, curry, pumpkin and vegetables. ㅠㅠ

Sources: My Korean Friends

Photo Credit: baby dragon

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