Korean. lit. "barley bread", though this is deceiving, as boribbang is definitely a confection item. as far as I can tell, bread is a sort of cake in the Korean thought process and manner of eating. the Western-style breads in bakeries, with the exception of the baguette, all contain higher amounts of sugar than their counterparts in the West. also, bread is not eaten as a staple but on its own, between meals, shared with company. children often say, "my favourite food is bread" (and I have NEVER heard a child say, "my favourite food is rice"), which marks it as a special category.