Wanderfood Wednesday — Korean DDeok

Posted by on May 13, 2010 in Sandbox Photography, Uncategorized, Wanderfood Wednesday | 5 comments

Here we are for another week of Wanderfood Wednesday kindly hosted by Wanderlust and Lipstick.

Korean DDeok

I remember the first time I was asked by a Korean waiter, in his best English, if I wanted desert. Of course, my answer was “What do you have?” Now imagine my surprise when I was given the choices coca cola, orange soda, or “copi”. I politely chose the “copi”, but I was so disappointed that there was no pie or cheese cake (gasp!) I have learned since that Korean restaurants do not, as a rule, offer desert. However, that doesn’t mean Koreans don’t have sweets. They certainly do, and they are known as “DDeok” (pronounced dawk). Over the years I have had students give me a variety of DDeok, some homemade and some store bought. Today I was pleasantly surprised by a student bearing the beautiful DDeok gift box above.

Now I am not an expert on DDeok, but I do love some of it. The ones I received today are VERY GOOD.
This particular one contains rice, and I think a bit of red bean paste. I’m not a big fan of bean paste, but there is also a subtle taste of honey, which gives the cake a creamy, rich taste.

Rice Cake DDeok

The second cake is very different, looking almost like a brownie. Believe me, it tastes nothing like one. This DDeok is a very firm jelly. I tried to find something similar on the Internet, but no luck. There is a possibility that it could be made from acorn jelly. There is also a hint of honey, and pine nuts are scattered throughout.

"Jelly" DDeok

I enjoyed them both. I think I like the rice cake a little more than the jelly, but only slightly. If you ever have the opportunity to sample Korean DDeok don’t pass it up. These sweet morsel are amazingly delicious!

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  1. YUM!

  2. They look good for something off the shelf! I'm inclined to try the jelly. It almost looks like a block of quince paste but it's probably far removed in taste!

  3. Yes, they are surprisingly good for being off the shelf 🙂

  4. Heh, like the teeth marks. Much tastier looking than if you'd just cut them open.

  5. @az………….laughing here…………I had to tell what it tasted like 🙂


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