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Korean Rice Cakes (Tteokbokki)

Tteokbokki are chewy and delicious rice cakes simmered in a sweet and spicy gochujang-based sauce with fish cakes. People often add an assortment of other ingredients such as ramen, hard-boiled eggs, green onion, seafood, mozzarella, and more. It is a widely known snack and comfort food in Korean culture. When shopping for rice cakes, try to opt for fresh or refrigerated ones rather than frozen ones. I will still keep a pack in the freezer so that I can make tteokbokki whenever I am craving it. I have even found instant Tteokbokki sauce packets in the asian market, all you have to do is add rice cakes. This is a good alternative if you dont feel like making it from scratch. Adjust the seasoning to your liking and be aware that gochujang & gochugaru can be very spicy so taste and add as you go. I hope you enjoy this wonderful Korean comfort food!


  • 1 ib rice cakes

  • 1 1/2 tbsp soy sauce

  • 2 tbsp gochujang (red chili paste) or to taste

  • 1 tbsp gochugaru (red chili flakes)

  • 2 cups anchovy broth

  • fish cakes, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon sugar, and more to taste

  • 3 stalks green onions, chopped into 1.5 inch pieces

Rice Cake
  • 1 pound tteokbokki tteok (rice cakes)

  • 100g fish cake, sliced

  • 150g cabbage, chopped (optional)

  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil

  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds (optional)

  • 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (optional)


  1. Pour the anchovy stock or water into a medium-sized pan. Add the sauce ingredients, bring to a boil, then cook until the paste is dissolved. Reduce the heat to medium.

  2. Add the rice cakes and boil them until soft enough to pierce with a toothpick (approximately 7 - 10 min). Simmer and allow the sauce to thicken. Continue to stir to prevent the rice cakes from sticking/burning to the bottom of the pan.

  3. Add the fish cake, garlic, green onion, and cabbage. Simmer for another 5 min.

  4. Season to taste with more sugar and soy sauce. Finally, add the sesame oil and combine well. Top with green onions, mozzarella, and sesame seeds if desired.

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