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Kkultarae: Korean dessert made with honey and crushed nuts (꿀타래)

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You might not have heard of Kkultarae which is a Korean traditional dessert. I will start with the explanation about the Kkultarae:

“Ta-rae is a court cake made of ripened honey and malt, which was once presented to the king and valuable guests. It is brewed with the artisan spirit to make 16,384 strands suggesting the prayer for longevity, health, good fortune, and wish-fulfillment. It is not too sweet, not sticky to the teeth, but enjoyable with various tastes according to the garnishings. It tastes better with teas as it is cold and frozen.”

I will show you how to make it. Of course only trained people can make this since it requires high skills. It was taken from the master in Lotte World Mall in Jamsil, Seoul.

 

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So this is honey plus malt is aged for three days (not exactly sure how long it was aged) and it becomes hard outside but soft inside. Another important ingredient is corn flour. He puts the flour on the honey.

 

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Then he stretches and twists it, which is the process of making the strands. The number of strands goes like 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 128… to 16,384! The strands first are thick slowly becomes thin like a thread.

 

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Then he puts crushed nuts on the strands and make the shape with a special utensil. There are two kinds of nuts: almonds and peanuts.

 

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Tada~ Done! Each pack has 10 pieces and it costs 7,000-8,000 KRW. Even though it is a dessert, it is not that sweet or sticky to teeth as the explanation above said. You can find four tastes of Kkultarae: almonds (white), peanuts (white), chocolate (brown), and cactus (pink). My favorite is almonds.

 

Words

꿀타래 (Kkultarae): Korean dessert made with honey, malt, and crushed nuts.

Information of this place

꿀타래 롯데월드몰점 (Kkultarae in Lotte World mall)

서울 송파구 올림픽로 300 롯데월드몰 6층 (the 6th floor, 300, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul, Korea)

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