10 Most Popular Korean Desserts That Are Too Beautiful To Eat

Korean cuisine has mesmerized the world by offering a whole new range of desserts, which stands out from the common use of fruits and honey in other parts of the globe.

When we talk about Popular Korean Desserts, it refers to a huge range of sweet treats ranging from rice cakes, ice creams, rolls, sweet dumplings, puddings & much more.

Throughout my stay in South Korea, I sampled some of the best food while my trip to these 25 best places to visit in South Korea. Each city had a unique food item or a specific recipe for popular Korean items.

Here we are going to just talk about the absolutely gorgeous & best Korean desserts.

Must Read: 10 MUST-TRY SOUTH KOREAN FOOD

 

Popular Korean Desserts

Popular Korean Desserts

Most of the Korean snacks are sweet. You will rarely find salty or spicy snacks. ( Although they have the spiciest noodles and other food items). They love their grain puffs, crackers & chips. You will also find many snacks made of seafood & meat.

Rice is one of the principal ingredients in most Korean cuisines. Glutenous rice is used in many Korean Dessert recipes. They often top it with dry fruits & dried fruits.

Korean desserts are not overly sweet. At times you will have a hint of spice or savory flavor as well.

Korean desserts are served with specific items & times. There are wedding desserts, Desserts served with Tea, Dinner desserts, Street food desserts & much more.

Let us take a glance at the 10 most popular Korean desserts that are literally a piece of art. 

 

1. Yaksik (약식)

Yaksik

All the ingredients are mixed and steamed so that the sauce can melt and bind with other elements and enhance the flavors and aroma. Mostly, Yaksik is chilled and then cut into squares before serving.

The rich and deep flavor of honey combined with fruits and the nutty flavor of sesame oil is such a unique combination. Unlike other desserts made of rice, it retains the grains of rice to keep the texture.

Yakshik is also Known as Yakbap

How to Store Yakshik: It can be stored at room temperature for 3-5 days. For longer storage freeze it. Bring it to room temperature before eating

Consumed on: Yakshik is mostly  consumed during Korean weddings, Jeongwol Daeboreum,  and hwangap festivities

 Key Ingredients ⇓

  • glutinous rice
  • dried jujube fruit
  • pine nuts
  • chestnuts
  • sesame oil
  • cinnamon
  • soy sauce
  • caramelized sugar

 

2. Chapssaltteok (찹쌀떡)

Chapssaltteok

These are good luck desserts, which are given to the ones having important exams ahead.

Chapssaltteok comes mostly in two flavors-red beans paste and matcha green tea powder. Therefore, we get these in either red or green color balls.

Glutinous sweet rice is mashed with the red bean paste to get the desired dense and chewy texture. Children love these coloring sweet balls in a lunch box and as snacks.

Chapssaltteok is also Known as Chaltteok

How to Store Chapssaltteok: It can be stored for a day or two at room temperature or can be stored in the freezer for a month.

 Key Ingredients ⇓

  • glutinous rice flour
  • castor sugar
  • corn starch
  • red beans paste
  • matcha green tea powder
  • sesame

 

3. Dasik

Dasik accompanies tea in most Korean houses. This decorative Korean treat was only on the tables of the Royals and the wealthy people of the society. There are molds to give desired shapes to these desserts.

These molds are known as the Dasik pan, and it is believed that the Dasik plate should come in a combination of colors. The shape and the color of Dasik convey specific messages and meanings associated with Korean culture.

According to the ingredients, there are diverse names of this famous royal Korean dessert. Mostly black, white, green, pink, and yellow Dasik is made from typical ingredients. However, one can use food colors to satisfy their creativity in the platter.

 Key Ingredients ⇓

  • rice flour soybean
  • chestnut
  • black sesame
  • pine pollen
  • honey
  • grains
  • edible seed flour

 

4. Ggul Tteok

Ggul Tteok

Ggul Tteok, one of the Korean fruit desserts offers a platter full of steamed rice-honey cakes. These delicious and soft cake balls are drizzled with honey or syrups and sometimes with sesame seeds.

Individuals can use food colors or extracts from fruits and vegetables to make colorful bite-sized balls.

It is very light and can be eaten any time of the day.

 Key Ingredients ⇓

  •  glutinous rice
  • sesame
  • honey-infused syrup
  • caster sugar
  • food colours

 

5. Hwajeon

Hwajeon

Hwajeon are the flowery pancakes which celebrated the Spring and other festivals of the land. These rice pancakes are decorated with patterns made up of edible flowers.

Mostly rose, azaleas, pear blossoms, rhododendrons, etc. flowers are used. This idea dates back to the ancient picnic items of the Koryo Dynasty.

This flower cake is a delightful treat to both our eyes and taste buds. These can be served drizzled with syrup or consumed the way it is designed. It is also one of the popular Korean desserts served during weddings. 

 Key Ingredients ⇓

  • sweet rice flour
  • sugar
  • oil
  • edible flowers of your choice

 

6. Yakgwa

Yakgwa

This Korean dessert is a fried result of wheat flour and spices and is one of the best and most popular Korean desserts. Moreover, this is one of the ancient desserts, which is still popular and is believed to exist since the later Silla era.

The honey and use of spices in this dessert make it a medicinal dessert because of its healthy remedies.

Round and floral patterns are made on these deep-fried cookies and served with honey-infused syrup.

 Key Ingredients ⇓

  • wheat flour
  • sesame oil
  • honey syrup
  • diverse spices depending upon festivities

 

7. Nurungji

Nurungji

This dessert is the Korean version of scorched rice, which forms at the bottom of the pan while preparing.

The nutty and crispy golden-brown layer of rice is often served with icing sugar.

 Key Ingredients ⇓

  • cooked rice 
  • sugar
  • nuts
  • dried fruits
  • raisins

 

8. Tteok- Sticky Rice Cakes

Tteok- Sticky Rice Cakes

This is a wonderful consecutive combination of glutinous and non-glutinous rice cakes and is served in a stick. Mostly sweet versions are available, although the plain varieties can also be a part of the menu.

Both the traditional and the modern Tteok include the processes of steaming and pounding, followed by turning into shapes. The key ingredients of Tteok, one of the Korean wedding desserts

 Key Ingredients ⇓

  • glutinous rice
  • non-glutinous rice
  • nuts
  • red bean
  • soybean
  • chestnut
  • pine nuts
  • dried fruits
  • sesame seeds
  • honey

 

9. Hotteok

Hotteok

Pancakes are a hot favorite of every individual irrespective of their age group. This Korean pancake comes with a filling of nuts, cinnamon, brown sugar, and other dried fruits.

The texture of the pancakes varies and is most popular during the winter months. People of Korea always prefer sweet over savory fillings; therefore, Hotteok has gained such popularity in the land.

 Key Ingredients ⇓

  • flour
  • dry yeast
  • milk
  • brown sugar
  • cinnamon powder
  • diverse varieties of nuts
  • sesame
  • oil

 

10. Patbingsu

Hwajeon

Patbingsu’s demand rises during the summer months because of its perfect blend of flavors and textures. It is icy, creamy, chewy, and crunchy at the same time because of the combination of different ingredients.

Different toppings and layers can be added to this Korean fruit dessert as per the preference of the individuals.

 Key Ingredients ⇓

  • shaved ice
  • condensed milk
  • sweet azuki bean paste
  • cereals
  • fresh fruits

 

Final Thoughts 

Korean cooking traditions and practices have come a long way from agricultural and nomadic traditions to the more intricate and complex blends.

The diversity of the world and its food styles offer us a gigantic platter of dessert items. Desserts are a happy ending to mealtime, that is they are meant to bring an end to the course with a sweet touch.

We hope on your trip to South Korea, you must try these 10 delicious & Popular Korean desserts. The flavors and its intricate art are going to stay with you for a long time. 

 

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Korean cuisine has mesmerized the world by offering a whole new range of desserts, which stands out from the common use of fruits and honey in other parts of the globe.

When we talk about Popular Korean Desserts, it refers to a huge range of sweet treats ranging from rice cakes, ice creams, rolls, sweet dumplings, puddings & much more.

Throughout my stay in South Korea, I sampled some of the best food while my trip to these 25 best places to visit in South Korea. Each city had a unique food item or a specific recipe for popular Korean items.

Here we are going to just talk about the absolutely gorgeous & best Korean desserts.

Must Read: 10 MUST-TRY SOUTH KOREAN FOOD

 

Popular Korean Desserts

Popular Korean Desserts

Most of the Korean snacks are sweet. You will rarely find salty or spicy snacks. ( Although they have the spiciest noodles and other food items). They love their grain puffs, crackers & chips. You will also find many snacks made of seafood & meat.

Rice is one of the principal ingredients in most Korean cuisines. Glutenous rice is used in many Korean Dessert recipes. They often top it with dry fruits & dried fruits.

Korean desserts are not overly sweet. At times you will have a hint of spice or savory flavor as well.

Korean desserts are served with specific items & times. There are wedding desserts, Desserts served with Tea, Dinner desserts, Street food desserts & much more.

Let us take a glance at the 10 most popular Korean desserts that are literally a piece of art. 

 

1. Yaksik (약식)

Yaksik

All the ingredients are mixed and steamed so that the sauce can melt and bind with other elements and enhance the flavors and aroma. Mostly, Yaksik is chilled and then cut into squares before serving.

The rich and deep flavor of honey combined with fruits and the nutty flavor of sesame oil is such a unique combination. Unlike other desserts made of rice, it retains the grains of rice to keep the texture.

Yakshik is also Known as Yakbap

How to Store Yakshik: It can be stored at room temperature for 3-5 days. For longer storage freeze it. Bring it to room temperature before eating

Consumed on: Yakshik is mostly  consumed during Korean weddings, Jeongwol Daeboreum,  and hwangap festivities

 Key Ingredients ⇓

  • glutinous rice
  • dried jujube fruit
  • pine nuts
  • chestnuts
  • sesame oil
  • cinnamon
  • soy sauce
  • caramelized sugar

 

2. Chapssaltteok (찹쌀떡)

Chapssaltteok

These are good luck desserts, which are given to the ones having important exams ahead.

Chapssaltteok comes mostly in two flavors-red beans paste and matcha green tea powder. Therefore, we get these in either red or green color balls.

Glutinous sweet rice is mashed with the red bean paste to get the desired dense and chewy texture. Children love these coloring sweet balls in a lunch box and as snacks.

Chapssaltteok is also Known as Chaltteok

How to Store Chapssaltteok: It can be stored for a day or two at room temperature or can be stored in the freezer for a month.

 Key Ingredients ⇓

  • glutinous rice flour
  • castor sugar
  • corn starch
  • red beans paste
  • matcha green tea powder
  • sesame

 

3. Dasik

Dasik accompanies tea in most Korean houses. This decorative Korean treat was only on the tables of the Royals and the wealthy people of the society. There are molds to give desired shapes to these desserts.

These molds are known as the Dasik pan, and it is believed that the Dasik plate should come in a combination of colors. The shape and the color of Dasik convey specific messages and meanings associated with Korean culture.

According to the ingredients, there are diverse names of this famous royal Korean dessert. Mostly black, white, green, pink, and yellow Dasik is made from typical ingredients. However, one can use food colors to satisfy their creativity in the platter.

 Key Ingredients ⇓

  • rice flour soybean
  • chestnut
  • black sesame
  • pine pollen
  • honey
  • grains
  • edible seed flour

 

4. Ggul Tteok

Ggul Tteok

Ggul Tteok, one of the Korean fruit desserts offers a platter full of steamed rice-honey cakes. These delicious and soft cake balls are drizzled with honey or syrups and sometimes with sesame seeds.

Individuals can use food colors or extracts from fruits and vegetables to make colorful bite-sized balls.

It is very light and can be eaten any time of the day.

 Key Ingredients ⇓

  •  glutinous rice
  • sesame
  • honey-infused syrup
  • caster sugar
  • food colours

 

5. Hwajeon

Hwajeon

Hwajeon are the flowery pancakes which celebrated the Spring and other festivals of the land. These rice pancakes are decorated with patterns made up of edible flowers.

Mostly rose, azaleas, pear blossoms, rhododendrons, etc. flowers are used. This idea dates back to the ancient picnic items of the Koryo Dynasty.

This flower cake is a delightful treat to both our eyes and taste buds. These can be served drizzled with syrup or consumed the way it is designed. It is also one of the popular Korean desserts served during weddings. 

 Key Ingredients ⇓

  • sweet rice flour
  • sugar
  • oil
  • edible flowers of your choice

 

6. Yakgwa

Yakgwa

This Korean dessert is a fried result of wheat flour and spices and is one of the best and most popular Korean desserts. Moreover, this is one of the ancient desserts, which is still popular and is believed to exist since the later Silla era.

The honey and use of spices in this dessert make it a medicinal dessert because of its healthy remedies.

Round and floral patterns are made on these deep-fried cookies and served with honey-infused syrup.

 Key Ingredients ⇓

  • wheat flour
  • sesame oil
  • honey syrup
  • diverse spices depending upon festivities

 

7. Nurungji

Nurungji

This dessert is the Korean version of scorched rice, which forms at the bottom of the pan while preparing.

The nutty and crispy golden-brown layer of rice is often served with icing sugar.

 Key Ingredients ⇓

  • cooked rice 
  • sugar
  • nuts
  • dried fruits
  • raisins

 

8. Tteok- Sticky Rice Cakes

Tteok- Sticky Rice Cakes

This is a wonderful consecutive combination of glutinous and non-glutinous rice cakes and is served in a stick. Mostly sweet versions are available, although the plain varieties can also be a part of the menu.

Both the traditional and the modern Tteok include the processes of steaming and pounding, followed by turning into shapes. The key ingredients of Tteok, one of the Korean wedding desserts

 Key Ingredients ⇓

  • glutinous rice
  • non-glutinous rice
  • nuts
  • red bean
  • soybean
  • chestnut
  • pine nuts
  • dried fruits
  • sesame seeds
  • honey

 

9. Hotteok

Hotteok

Pancakes are a hot favorite of every individual irrespective of their age group. This Korean pancake comes with a filling of nuts, cinnamon, brown sugar, and other dried fruits.

The texture of the pancakes varies and is most popular during the winter months. People of Korea always prefer sweet over savory fillings; therefore, Hotteok has gained such popularity in the land.

 Key Ingredients ⇓

  • flour
  • dry yeast
  • milk
  • brown sugar
  • cinnamon powder
  • diverse varieties of nuts
  • sesame
  • oil

 

10. Patbingsu

Hwajeon

Patbingsu’s demand rises during the summer months because of its perfect blend of flavors and textures. It is icy, creamy, chewy, and crunchy at the same time because of the combination of different ingredients.

Different toppings and layers can be added to this Korean fruit dessert as per the preference of the individuals.

 Key Ingredients ⇓

  • shaved ice
  • condensed milk
  • sweet azuki bean paste
  • cereals
  • fresh fruits

 

Final Thoughts 

Korean cooking traditions and practices have come a long way from agricultural and nomadic traditions to the more intricate and complex blends.

The diversity of the world and its food styles offer us a gigantic platter of dessert items. Desserts are a happy ending to mealtime, that is they are meant to bring an end to the course with a sweet touch.

We hope on your trip to South Korea, you must try these 10 delicious & Popular Korean desserts. The flavors and its intricate art are going to stay with you for a long time. 

 

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