Bungeoppang – Korean fish shaped cake


I was at 1U just now and came across this stall selling “Korean fish shaped bread” filled with red bean paste. I didn’t bring my dSLR since I had a data disaster to manage but I remembered having the same thing in Busan.

Korean fish shaped cake

Bungeoppang is a fish shaped cake of sorts sold by street vendors in Korea. It’s 1,000 Won (about RM 3) for 4 pieces. It has a red bean filling and it’s quite tasty when you eat it hot during the chilly autumn weather.

Korean fish red bean

We didn’t have a translator with us that day since we’re just exploring the streets and the kind stall owner gave us one with a smile and said “Service”.

Service means “complimentary” in Korea. The stall owner guessed we were not locals (probably due to our complete inability to speak Korean) and gave us one for free! It’s these little things that I love about Korea…and the fact that you can leave stuff lying around and it won’t get stolen the moment you turn your back. =D

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15 thoughts on “Bungeoppang – Korean fish shaped cake”

  1. “…and the fact that you can leave stuff lying around and it won’t get stolen the moment you turn your back.”
    Do that in Malaysia and be prepared to ‘gulung tikar’.

  2. Cheers: Yeah! We found that very refreshing in Korea. We can turn our back on our gear and when we turn back, it’s still there and not in transit 100 meters down the road in the right arm of some Mat Rempit. πŸ™‚
    Simon Seow: Yup! I saw the one in 1U just now. Didn’t quite taste the same though. The interesting thing about Korea is that they don’t use red bean paste (as in the mushy stuff) but nearly whole red beans. πŸ™‚

  3. foodcrazee: Now that you’ve mentioned it!!! We had this awesome toast thing that has the SAME SETUP as a Ramly burger stall – skillet, egg banjo thingamajig etc. πŸ™‚

  4. HB, that is in Japanese called Taiyaki. I get it in Japantown in San Francisco when I there shopping. It fresh made also. They have also manju cake. Did you try Korean mandoo it not potsticker but steam buns with pork and tofu and vegetable filling. Same name but different type of food.

  5. KY: Haha! Indeed! πŸ™‚
    Erica: Nice! Nope, I don’t manage to try the Korean buns (except for red bean bun, which is great coz the red beans are whole). πŸ™‚
    Pork and veggies, sounds good!
    Tuanku: Haha! I doubt that very much my friend. Nope, didn’t have time to explore that side of the country when I was there. πŸ™‚
    shim: Melaka! I was there earlier this year but didn’t get to try everything. Thanks, will look forward to seeing it! πŸ™‚


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