My first encounter with ho-dduk was around 5 or 6 years ago at the Night Market in Richmond. It was by the same clan that now does the hurricane potatoes and fish waffles. They made fish waffles back then too but no hurricane potatoes.
I got one because it was only $1 each and I love anything chewy and rice flour-y and man was I glad I tried one. However, a few years ago the clan stopped making them and I was so disappointed to not be able to have them yearly 🙁
But this year my luck has changed. On a visit to the Summer Night Market this year, I asked the same stall if they still make sweet rice pancake. They said no, but that a few stalls over did. They also taught us what it’s called. It sounds like “hot dog”.
This particular food stall made their version with lots of nuts. Too bad we didn’t get a fresh one…It was kept hot on the grill and got more crispy on the outside from that… When it’s piping fresh it should be chewy and soft. Nonetheless Hitman and I enjoyed it very very much and Hitman especially enjoyed the oozing goodness. For me probably more so due to the fact I had been longing for it for so long. But for Hitman, it was his first time. At first we debated getting two, but him being the health nut he is insisted we share one. However, one bite into it he basically fought me for it. But with the expression he made when he had it…it was the cutest thing ever…I had to let him eat more of it.
I was then determined to find out if I could get it anywhere else, so I eventually asked my Korean coworker where I can get this ho-dduk.
And she led me to the little strip mall on North Road where Hannam Supermarket is. Apparently the lady only shows up during the winter months with her little cart. When I finally found her, I was surprised to find that it’s the same lady that makes it the first time I had it!!! They were also the ones currently at night markets making fish waffles (going by the name “Five Loaves Two Fish”)!! And even better…they were only $1 each!!!
This time around though our goal was to take some over to the island for Hitman’s parents to try. But how could I pass up fresh ho-dduk?? So I bought an extra one to share with Hitman.
In the end though Hitman didn’t like it as much this time around since there wasn’t as much big pieces of nuts in it. For me I still really really enjoyed it, probably again due to the fact that I’ve been looking for it for so long. And honestly, for $1 each, what’s there to complain about??