Tteokbokki (Spicy Stir-fried Rice Cakes)

27 May

I love this Korean street food the most! And I had the pleasure of having it on my recent Korea trip 😉

I prefer the spicy kind and you will find this almost everywhere on the streets of Korea. You can also include other ingredients such as ramen, boiled eggs and even seafood. These spicy, slightly sweet and chewy rice cakes are simply addictive! I have since made this twice, prior to my very first authentic Tteokbokki. And I can foresee this becoming a hot favourite with the family members.

Here’s a quick and easy recipe for you folks. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 kilogram tteokbokki tteok (about 3-inch long rice cake pieces)
  • 1 packet of fish cake
  • 100 grams cabbage
  • 1 – 2 scallions
  • 3 cups anchovy broth
  • 3 tablespoons Korean red chili pepper paste (gochujang)
  • 1 – 3 teaspoons Korean red chili pepper flakes (gochugaru)
  • 1 tablespoon light soya sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds

Directions

Cut the fish cake, cabbage and scallions into about 2-inch long pieces.

Add the anchovy broth to a large pan. Stir in the sauce ingredients except the sesame oil and sesame seeds. Bring it to a boil over medium high heat, stirring to dissolve the red chili pepper paste (gochujang). 

Add the rice cakes. Boil until the rice cakes become very soft and the sauce is thickened, about 8 – 10 minutes. Stir frequently so the rice cakes don’t stick to the bottom of the pan.

Add the vegetables and fish cakes. Continue to boil, stirring constantly, for an additional 4 – 6 minutes. Taste the sauce, and adjust the seasoning if needed. Add the sesame oil and sesame seeds right before turning the heat off. Serve immediately. 

Tteokbokki doesn’t reheat well in the microwave. Reheat any leftovers, along with a little bit of broth or water, in a small pan over low heat.

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3 Responses to “Tteokbokki (Spicy Stir-fried Rice Cakes)”

  1. Liyanah May 31, 2012 at 6:21 PM #

    hi! where do you get the rice cakes? is it like lontong? i always wonder how this taste like! 🙂

    • cadymcbronzie May 31, 2012 at 6:51 PM #

      Hi Liyanah,

      You can actually purchased the rice cakes at either NTUC or Cold Storage. They are normally found in the same section as the fresh noodles and tofu/beancurd.

      Or you can always head to the Korean supermarkets, located at West Mall, Vivocity & Far East Plaza. You can search via Google.

      It doesn’t taste like lontong but it is soft & chewy. Hope the info helps 🙂

  2. Liyanah June 1, 2012 at 10:42 PM #

    oh there’s korean supermarkets! thank you! will try to find them! 🙂

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