Ddeokbokki

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Ingredients

500g - Cylinder Shaped Rice Cake
200g - Korean Fish Cake
1/2 - Onion
2 - Egg
1 - Spring Onion
For the sauce
600ml - Water
2 Tbsp - Gochujang
1 Tbsp - Gochugaru
1 1/2 Tbsp - Sugar
1 Tbsp - Crushed Garlic

Ddeokbokki

떡볶이

Cuisine:

A typical Korean street snack. The chewy and spicy goodness will leave you feeling warm inside!

  • 30m
  • Serves 2
  • Medium

Ingredients

  • For the sauce

Directions

Ddeokbokki, or Tteokbokki (떡볶이) is another very popular street food snack. It is made primarily from soft chewy rice cakes, fish cakes and seasoned with a sweet red chilli sauce. You will find it typically being sold by street vendors but as it takes no time at all to cook what excuse is there to not give this a go at home?

I have fond memories of ddeokbokki as this was the first street food ever I ate in Korea. I remember clearly the orange street food tent at the side of the road in Suwon as I walked around on that bitterly cold winters evening. Sitting down there eating my ddeokbokki amongst other people with the steam from the cooking area drifting around I forgot all about the cold weather 🙂 It was a perfect snack to give me the fuel and warmth I needed then. It was also a great introduction to Korean street food!

This particular recipe is almost the traditional core of what ddeokbokki is. I have also added boiled eggs to the dish as they’re quick to prepare and taste great. There are numerous other ingredients that I’ve seen added to this dish, including:

  • Fried Mandu (만두)
  • Ramyeon noodles (라면) – adding ramyeon noodles turns the dish into Labokki (라볶이)
  • Numerous fried vegetables
  • Cheese
  • Sausages
  • Chicken and other meat

As with all ingredients within my recipes, if you’re not sure what something is – or where you can find it – just click on its name in the ingredient list on the left to find out more!

Translation

Korean English
(ddeok) Rice Cake
볶이 (bokki) Describing something that is mixed together

 

 

 

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Steps

1
Done

If you're using frozen rice cakes and fish cakes then pop them into a bowl and cover with cold water. Set aside while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.

2
Done

Hard boil both eggs in a pan of boiling water for approximately 10 minutes.

3
Done

Slice the onion and spring onion.

4
Done

Put 600ml of water in a pan and bring to the boil. Meanwhile mix the remaining sauce ingredients together in a small bowl.

5
Done

Once the water is boiling stir the sauce mixture into the pan and bring back to the boil.

6
Done

Remove the rice and fish cakes from the bowl of cold water. If you're using the larger sheets of fish cake (shown in this recipe) then first cut them into strips before adding them to the pan along with the rice cakes and sliced onion. Cook over a medium heat for 5 minutes.

7
Done

Remove the shells from both hard boiled eggs and slice each egg in half. Add to the pan and reduce the heat to low for a further 5 to 10 minutes to allow the sauce to thicken. Stir frequently.

8
Done

Transfer to a serving dish, garnish with the sliced spring onion and enjoy!

Richard

Passionate about cooking, eating and promoting Korean food in the UK.

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