Ready to try Korean? Get started with these hallmarks of the West's "it" cuisine
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Hotteok (pictured) is a thin, sweet rice pancake cooked on a griddle until the heat transforms the filling of ground nuts, brown sugar, and honey into syrup. It’s authentic Korean street food, just like gook hwa bhang (chrysanthemum bread), a small round pastry filled with vanilla custard or red bean paste, then cooked quickly in a pan that gives it a flowerlike imprint.