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Tteokbokki is one of Korea’s most popular street meals. With this simple tteokbokki recipe, you can prepare it at home. It’s spicy, slightly sweet, tasty, umami-rich, and incredibly addicting! So much so that even if your stomach is already full, you’ll have room for these spicy rice cakes!
Tteokbokki (떡볶이), also known as simmering rice cake, is a famous Korean dish made from small-sized garae-tteok (long, white, cylinder-shaped rice cakes) known as tteokmyeon (떡면; “rice cake noodles”) or more popularly tteokbokki-tteok (떡볶이 떡; “tteokbokki rice cakes”). Tteokbokki is frequently coupled with eomuk (fish cakes), boiled eggs, and scallions in meals. It can be seasoned with either a spicy gochujang (chili paste)-based sauce or a non-spicy ganjang (soy sauce)-based sauce; the former is the most frequent form, while the latter is less common and often called gungjung-tteokbokki (royal court tteokbokki).
Curry-tteokbokki, cream sauce-tteokbokki, jajang-tteokbokki, seafood-tteokbokki, rose-tteokbokki, galbi-tteokbokki, and other types are now available. Tteokbokki is often purchased and consumed in bunsikjip (snack bars) and pojangmacha (restaurants) (street stalls). There are also restaurants that specialize on tteokbokki, known as jeukseok tteokbokki (impromptu tteokbokki). Because rice cakes (garae-tteok) may be purchased pre-packaged and semi-dehydrated, it is also a popular home food.
Source:Tteokbokki. (2022, June 5). In Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tteokbokki
For increased spice, gochugaru (고추가루, Korean red chili pepper flakes) is sometimes added. It ups the heat without changing the saltiness or sweetness. Simply use sugar or other sugar substitutes to add sweetness.
If using, anchovy broth
Rice cakes for tteokbokki can be found in the refrigerated or frozen area of Korean grocery stores or most Asian retailers. They will be delivered vacuum-packed in a sealed container.
Tteokbokki can be refrigerated for up to two days. Add little extra soup stock or water when reheating. It won’t be as raunchy as the first time.
Water is widely used to make tteokbokki. You can also use any type of broth, such as vegetable or chicken broth.
When refrigerated and cold, rice cakes become firm. Microwave leftover rice cakes for 1 minute, or until soft and tender. If necessary, add 1 tablespoon of water and mix to blend.
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