The Making of 인사동 꿀타래 Insadong Kkultarae Candy (Dragon’s Beard Candy) in Japanese!
A trip to Insadong (Seoul, Korea) will be incomplete if you do not visit the honey candy vendors. These young men are full-time confectioners and part-time comedians. In front of a live audience, the candy makers demonstrate the art of making traditional Korean candy called kkultarae (꿀타래 which literally translates to “dragon’s beard”).
The process starts with a hard block of honey. They demonstrate the hardness by tapping it against the display case. Then they take a tool and make threads of honey by stretching it “little by little” and looping the strands over and over again. The confectioners claim to make 16,000 strands before your very eyes.
They then cut the fine threads and wrap them around either a peanut mixture or an almond sugar filling. The end product is delicious and best eaten the day it’s made.
The honey candy vendors draw crowds by shouting and singing fluent and funny lines in Korean, English, Japanese, and Chinese. They are talented and put on a great little show. If you have a sweet tooth and you’re in Korea then make sure you don’t miss out on meeting the Honey Candy Vendors at Insadong.