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A Snack That Might Not Be For Everyone.

  • Aug 26, 2011

Dduk is a popular Korean snack. They're particuarly popular during the Korean Thanksgiving, Chuseok and the Lunar New Year. Dduk is a rice cake made out of a rice flour and can sometimes be sweetened.  It can be steamed, fried, boiled, etc.  It is loved by young and old alike, and you can often see various versions of Dduk being sold in snack shops and by street vendors thorughout Korea.  However, it can be an acquired taste, and unfortunatley, I haven't acquired it!

The texture of Dduk can be somewhat disconcerting.  Some versions of it are somewhat gelatinous, and more times than not, it's chewey.  These combinations of textures are so odd in something that's not a candy, that I can barely choke it down at times.   But there are so many varieties that it's often hard to distinguish what is dduk and what isn't! 

There's  ddukbokki (left) which is a version of the rice cake smothered in gochujang or red pepper paste.
There's jeungpyeon which is reminiscent of hoppang, but made with fermented dough.
There's bupyeon which generally has a sweet filling and powered bean on top.

The varities are endless.  One thing for sure is that the sweet dduk can be very pretty, and they can be very eye catching even if they don't taste very good.  Dduk is relatively inexpensive, though, so if you have the opportunity to try some, you should go for it.  Try it for yourself, and see whether or not you like the taste and texture.  It definitely won't break the bank.


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August 27, 2011
Ditto devora! Well, it's probably an acquired taste for non-Asians :) Love your pictures!
August 26, 2011
omg, I LOVE dduk! If not for its starchiness' effect on my body, I'd be eating it all the time -- both the sweet and savory versions! I see where you're coming from though. It's a texture that's not really in too many Western culture foods. Maybe you'll learn to love it someday ;) Great review nonetheless!
August 29, 2011
I've come to have an appreciation for ddukbokki, but I can only eat a few pieces at a time. I wish I could get more into the sweet, though, because it's really popular where I live!
August 26, 2011
August 29, 2011
Lol. I KNOW how much YOU love it :-P
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Tteok (떡) (Korean pronunciation: [t͈ʌk]; also spelled ddeockdukddukddeog, orthuck) is a class of Korean rice cakes made with glutinous rice flour (also known as sweet rice or chapssal), by steaming. Normal rice flour can be used for some kinds oftteok. There are hundreds of different kinds of tteok eaten year round. In Korea it is customary to eat tteok guk (tteok soup) on New Year's Day and sweet tteok at weddings and on birthdays. It is often considered a celebratory food and can range from rather elaborate versions with nuts and fruits down to the plain-flavored tteok used in home cooking. Some common ingredients for many kinds of tteok are mung beanred bean, and sweet red bean paste, Korean mugwortjujube and other dried fruits, sesame seeds and oil, sugar, and pine nuts.
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