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Korean Snacks and Desserts

Quick treats, snacks, and sweets that come before, after, and between Korean meals.

Green Tea Cake Recipe (Nokcha Cake)
This simple, moist cake is subtly sweet and flavored with green tea (nokcha, matcha). You can add more sugar if you prefer more sweetness, of you can top your green cake with some cream cheese frosting.

How to Make Candied Ginger
I love ginger as a home remedy, whether it's for a winter cold or some indigestion. But candied ginger gets expensive, even if it's hard to eat large quantities of it. So homemade candied ginger is something to make at home if you love the spicy-sweet taste of the crystallized stuff.

Green Tea Ice Cream Recipe
Green tea ice cream is popular all over Korea and you can also find it in Korean restaurants and grocery stores all over the world. It's an easy and addictive ice cream to make if you have natural green tea powder, which you can find in Asian grocery stores and online.

Yakshik or Yakbap
Recipe for Korean sweet rice balls, or yakshik, yaksik, or yak sik. These delicious snacks are made of sweet sticky rice, honey, dates, and chestnuts.

Shaved Ice Dessert with Sweet Beans Recipe (Patbingsu)
This icy, cool summer dessert is perfect for those hot and humid summer nights. Now Korean cafes create complex shaved ice concoctions, but start with this basic patbingsu (or patbingsoo) recipe and add on at home.

Nut and Rice Cakes (Japgwapyon) Recipe
Koreans eat many different types of rice cakes- in savory main dishes, as snacks and as desserts. These sweet dessert rice cake balls (jap gwa pyon) are made of glutinous rice flour, dried fruit and nuts.

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Raboki (Ramen + Dukboki) Recipe
Rabokki is the combination of two awesomely delicious things: ramen and dukboki (tteokbokki). And it's easy to make at home. Enjoy!

Korean Sesame Candies (Kang Jung)
I used to love these Korean sesame candy (or cookies) growing up, but I never realized how easy they were to do until I tried to make them for a gluten-free friend. They are as easy to make as Rice Krispie Treats and have the same no-bake, few ingredient simplicity.

How to Make Spam Musubi
Like kimbap or sandwiches, spam musubi is a portable snack or meal with endless variations. The traditional and most recognizable musubi is a large rectangular portion of rice topped with grilled Spam and held together by a strip of Nori (seaweed).

How to Grill Chestnuts
Koreans love chestnuts, and they are sold by street vendors and in markets all over Korean cities. My family steamed, grilled and roasted chestnuts often growing up and I love their sweet, nutty smell while they cook; the line from the Christmas song "chestnuts roasting on an open fire" meant more to me than any of my American friends.

Sweet Custard Bread (Poolppang)
A popular street food in Korea, most vendors in Seoul advertise these little puffs as "sweet custard bread". But they smell more like pancakes to me while they're cooking, so I describe them as red bean pancake bites. The sweet custard dough is filled with a mildly sweet red bean paste, and they are soft, chewy and delicious.

Bbopki, Traditional Korean Sugar Candy
A traditional Korean candy made of carmelized sugar and a pinch of baking soda, Bbopki is sometimes served on a stick as a lollipop. Bbopki can also be made in round disks with no stick, and is an easy candy to make at home. stamped with a design or shape, and if you manage to eat around the shape without breaking it, then you can get another Bbopki for free.

Tofu and Sauteed Kimchi (Dubu Kimchi) Recipe
Dubu Kimchi is a popular anju (Korean drinking snack) and a delicious, easy way to use leftover or older kimchi. The vibrant flavors of the sauteed kimchi are mellowed by the soft, delicate texture of the plain tofu.

Korean Scallion Pancake (Pa Jun)
This Korean scallion pancake recipe is easy to make and is always a big crowd-pleaser. It works as a hearty snack, an appetizer, or a side dish to a Korean or Asian meal. As with most Korean recipes and dishes, you can tweak it to your own tastes.

Spicy Korean Rice Cakes (Duk Boki) Recipe
This Korean dish of cylindrical rice cakes covered in a thick, spicy sauce is a popular street food in Korea. Commonly spelled Dukboki or Dduk Bokki in English, it is eaten as a casual meal, snack, or drinking dish.

Korean Tuna Croquettes Recipe (Chamchi Jun)
These Korean tuna croquettes (or tuna pancakes or patties) are delicious when eaten hot, but they are also a popular snack or lunchbox food and can be eaten room temperature.

Fresh Spring Rolls with Spicy Korean Dipping Sauce
These spring rolls are made with perilla leaves and kochujang (chili pepper paste), two common Korean ingredients. I first made these rolls because I had all the ingredients for SE Asian spring rolls except for the herbs (Thai basil, mint, cilantro). I had Italian basil, but I also had a bunch of fresh perilla leaves from the garden. Since perilla is in the mint family, I just knew it would work.

Korean Fish Shaped Pastry (Bungeoppang)
These doughy pastries filled with sweet red bean paste are sold in Korea by street vendors. To make the fish shape at home, you need a special appliance similar to a waffle-maker. A healthy and delicious snack or dessert, their chewy, sweet, and slightly crispy texture make them a big crowd pleaser and always a hit with the under-10 crowd. There are also custard cream and ice cream versions; the red bean paste is the traditional filling.

DIY Korean Frozen Yogurt
A simple and easy way to make Korean-style frozen yogurt at home. Tart, lightly sweet, and impossibly healthy, Korean-style frozen yogurt is the perfect snack or dessert. But the popular Korean chains like Pinkberry and Red Mango charge around $5 a cup, so this Do-It-Yourself recipe saves you both gas and cash.

Korean Sushi Rolls (Kimbap)
Portable, mess-free, and easily made to your own tastes and moods, Kimbap is the ultimate snack food in Korea. There are stands and cafes with every possible variation of these Korean seaweed and rice rolls.

Korean Red Bean Porridge (Pat Jook) Recipe
Jook (rice porridge) was always eaten in Korea to stretch grains for the poor and to soothe sick, young, or elderly bellies. It's still enjoyed as a snack, as breakfast or another light meal, or as comfort food for the sick. Pat Jook (sweet bean porridge) is smooth and mild with a subtle sweetness, and is a nice change from the many types of savory Korean porridges.

Korean Egg Sandwich
Koreans will eat eggs for every meal of the day. This egg sandwich recipe shows a quick, easy, and delicious way to make a protein-filled snack to go.

Sweet Korean Ginger Tea
Koreans rarely eat dessert the way Westerners do. Usually a Korean meal is followed by some fresh fruit and maybe a sweet dessert drink. This sweet chilled ginger tea, infused with Asian pear and oranges, is the perfect ending to a Korean meal.

Korean Dumplings
These dumplings are easy to make and can be prepared in large quantities in advance and stored in the freezer for future use. Korean dumplings are traditionally made with a beef or pork filling, but chicken and vegetarian dumplings are also popular. Steamed or fried dumplings are the ultimate snack for eating on the run; they are filling, healthy, and self-enclosed in a neat little package.

Rice Cakes (Dduk)
Korean rice cakes (Dduk) come in every imaginable shape, color, and size and are eaten, served, or shared at almost every Korean holiday gathering or special occasion. They can be a snack, a fancy present, an appetizer, or a dessert, and at any special occasion there are often different types served together.

Candied Sweet Potatoes Recipe: Korean Mat Tang (Madang)
These candied sweet potatoes are a sweet treat and a snack all kids (and adults) love. You can also deep fry this, which is the traditional way, but I like to steam and then pan fry these for a healthier version.

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