Place of originSouth Korea
Serving temperatureHot
Main ingredientsWheat flour, red bean paste
Ingredients generally usedbutter, salt, sugar
Food energy
(per 108 g serving)
200 kcal (837 kJ)[1]
Korean name
Revised Romanizationhoppang

Hoppang (lit.'Ho[t] bread'; 호빵) is a warm snack that is sold throughout South Korea. It is a convenience food version of jjinppang (steamed bread) and is typically filled with smooth, sweetened red bean paste.


Hoppang is a product that makes it easy for the family to eat steamed bread, which was formerly sold at snack bars. It was created when food founder Chang-sung Heo visited Japan in 1969. Heo created Hoppang as a product that was sold on Japanese streets and sold in the winter, the low-peak season in the bakery industry, and then released it in 1971.[2]


Hoppang was a brand name for the ready-to-eat jjinppang developed by Samlip in 1970, which combined the onomatopoeia ho, ho (the sound for blowing on hot steamed bun) and ppang, the Korean word for bread. Also it has meaning of 'The whole family eats together and smiles; Ho ho'.[3] The brand name soon became the generic name for convenience jjinppang.


Typical hoppang is filled with sweetened red bean paste,[4] but it is also commonly sold stuffed with vegetables and meat, pizza toppings, pumpkin, or buldak.[1][5]

Steamer- or microwave-ready hoppang is often packaged in multiples at supermarkets and grocery stores, while many convenience stores sell hoppang throughout the winter months in cylindrical heating cabinets designed to steam and keep them warm.[6][7]


See also


  1. ^ a b 김, 성윤 (29 November 2006). "호빵이 생각난다, 따뜻했던 너". The Chosun Ilbo (in Korean). Archived from the original on 13 June 2016. Retrieved 18 April 2008.
  2. ^ "호빵이 생각난다, 따뜻했던 너".
  3. ^ "호빵이 생각난다, 따뜻했던 너".
  4. ^ "hoppang" 호빵 [steamed bun]. Korean–English Learners' Dictionary. National Institute of Korean Language. Retrieved 20 April 2017.
  5. ^ Ng, Audrey (14 September 2016). "Experience the magic of winter at 2 of South Korea's popular sites". The Straits Times. Retrieved 3 May 2017.
  6. ^ 길, 윤형 (29 November 2005). "찬바람이 싸늘하면 호빵이 그리웁구나". The Hankyoreh (in Korean). Retrieved 18 April 2008.
  7. ^ Carruth, David (28 November 2016). "10 Korean Winter Street Foods To Bear The Cold For". 10 Magazine. Retrieved 3 May 2017.