3 Delicious Korean Desserts to Try

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Korean cuisine is one of the healthiest in the world, but the same can’t be said for their desserts. They’re still incredibly delicious and worth breaking the diet. Here are some of our favorites among Korean desserts.


With a shape similar to dumplings, these small cakes come in different colors and are traditionally served during chuseok, a fall harvest festival. To make them, they use rice flour dough and fill it with toppings like red bean paste, honey, sesame, and chestnut. The signature pine tree note comes from steaming the rice cakes in fresh pine needles.


Not only they are made of walnuts, hodo-gwaja are also made to look like walnuts. Their outside consists of crushed walnuts and wheat flour, and inside you’ll find some more walnuts combined with red bean paste. Hodo-gwaja are typically eaten hot, along with a warm drink. They’ve been around since the 1930s and over time have become a nation’s favorite.


Bungeoppang (carp bread) are fish-shaped cakes that are similar to waffles and pancakes. The most popular filling is red bean paste, and other filling options include custard, sweet potato, and even cheese. This is a popular winter street food that will never disappoint you.