Market: Hankook Supermarket
City: Sunnyvale, CA
Finally found the Korean red bean pastries in fish-shaped buns! Thanks My Hong Kong Husband, for telling me where to find ’em after I couldn’t last time. I swear they weren’t in stock last time I went… They were down to the last “layer” when I saw them this time. :D
There are 10 pieces in the package. The package is kept frozen. Simply microwave one piece for ~1-2 minutes and then eat it!
The following is some info about bungeoppang, from Wikipedia:
Bungeoppang (붕어빵; literally “crucian carp cake/bread”) is the Korean name of a pastry similar to the Japanese fish-shaped pastry taiyaki. In Korean, bungeo (붕어) means Carassius, a kind of fish, and ppang (빵) means bread.
Bungeoppangs are prepared using an appliance similar to a waffle iron. The batter is poured into a fish-shaped mold, red bean paste is added, then more batter to encase the red bean paste. The mold is then closed, and roasted.
Bungeoppang was first introduced into Korea by the Japanese during the Colonial Korea in the 1930s.
Bungeoppang is sold as a snack by open-air food vendors throughout Korea during winter. In 2009, one U.S. dollar could purchase four or five bungeoppangs, depending on the location.
There are also bungeoppang-shaped waffles filled with ice cream and pat (sweetened and boiled red beans or azuki beans). These waffles are usually mass-produced and sold by retailers, not by open-air food vendors.
There are some differences between bungeoppang and tayaki, as pointed out by Food Storyist:
‘Bungeoppang’ is guessed to come from Japan since it has similar shape and ingredients to taiyaki. ‘Bungeoppang’ is named after a very familiar fish, 붕어, that is easily found in the streaks and rivers in Korea. It prevailed during the 50’s and 60’s. Later, it disappeared temporarily and reappeared in the 90’s due to longing for the past memories in the 50-60’s. As the hamburger symbolizes the fast food culture, ‘bungeoppang’ represents the father-generation culture.
It looks quite the same, but if you study it, you can see several differences. First, taiyaki is baked in specifically described molds, while bungeoppang in simple molds. Second, it looks more active with the fin upwards, while bungeoppang looks stiff. Third, taiyaki is baked in various sizes, while bungeoppang is mostly baked in a standard size. Lastly, the biggest difference between them is the type of fillings. Taiyaki embraces not only red beans, but also chocolate, cream, kidney beans, curry, sausages, bacon, cabbages, etc. while bungeoppang only goes with red beans.