Korean Sweet Red Bean Waffles: Bungeo-Ppang (붕어빵)

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These fish-shaped waffles are so fun and easy to make!

Similar to the Japanese ‘Taiyaki’ - both are sweet filled fish-shaped pastries, but Taiyaki is supposedly more like cake whilst BGP is more like waffles! Taiyaki is also technically sea-bream (type of fish) and BGP is supposed to be a carp. But who’s keeping track, right?

A Note about Fish-Shaped Waffle Irons

I’m using a fish-shaped waffle iron, and yes they’re cute, but you could use one of those sandwich toastie makers or even a regular waffle maker.

If you’re keen on the fishy shape - you can order one here too.

But for now, let’s go (vegan) fishing!

FISH-SHAPED WAFFLES: BUNGEO-PPANG

INGREDIENTS

makes 6-8 waffles


1 cup plain flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp glutinous rice flour or fine rice flour (optional)
1 cup + 1 tbsp water
Red bean paste**
Oil, for cooking

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METHOD

1. Mix all the ingredients together in a mixing bowl really well!
2. Pass the mixture through a sieve to get rid of any lumps!
3. Heat your waffle iron up on low heat and brush with a very very small amount of oil.
4. Fill moulds up 1/3 of the way, add 1-2 tsp of red bean paste into the centre.
5. Cover the red beans with more mixture and use your spoon to press the beans under the mixture.
6. Fill the moulds completely, close the waffle iron and cook for 3 complete minutes on low heat.
6. Flip and cook for 3 more minutes!
7. Remove from iron, gather all your friends and enjoy while they are CRISPY AND HOT!!!

NOTES:

**you can buy sweet red bean paste at any asian supermarket or use this recipe to make some. you could also try using peanut butter or jam (or both!!)