What Happens When Topokki Meets Ramen?
Even when the main ingredients are the same, you can make different dishes depending on what sauce you use. One such example is spaghetti with tomato sauce and spaghetti carbonara. But the opposite is also true―with the same type of sauce, you can make different dishes if you change the main ingredients. For example, you can cook several types of pasta with tomato sauce―spaghetti and fettuccine.
This principle also works in the world of Hansik (Korean cuisine). And we are going to demonstrate it with rapokki, the dish that we will cook today. Rapokki is stir-fried Korean instant ramen noodles with gochujang (red pepper paste). You can easily imagine rapokki if you think of the topokki (stir-fried rice cake) dish, but made with noodles instead of tteok (rice cake). Of course, the tastes of these two dishes are different.
Toppoki is very chewy because of the tteok, whereas rapokki tastes very soft. Rapokki is also sweeter than other spicy hansik dishes. It is for its sweetness and the simplicity of the ingredients that rapokki is very popular with foreigners. In fact, the dish was selected as one of the best of hansik through a survey conducted in Jakarta in 2014 to find out about preferences for Korean foods among Indonesians.
In the process of fermentation, gochujang becomes less spicy than other hot sauces. Its taste, in one phrase, can be expressed as “savory spicy.” Thanks to this sauce, many spicy Korean dishes such as rapokki aren’t as hot as they look.
How to Make Rapokki (Two Servings)
Main Ingredients: 1 block of ramen, 100g fish cake, 20g spring onion, 30g onion, 30g carrot
Sauce Ingredients: 25g gochujang, 12g red pepper powder, 10g soy sauce, 70g starch syrup, 15g crushed garlic
1. Put all sauce ingredients in a bowl and mix them.
2. Cut the fish cake into triangle slices. Place in boiling water for one to two minutes.
3. Cut spring onion, onion, and carrot into bite-size pieces.
4. Pour some water and the sauce in a pan.
5. When the water starts boiling, add ramen.
6. Simmer until ramen is half done and add fish cake slices.
7. After one minute, add the other ingredients and stir until the sauce mixes with other ingredients completely.
8. Boil until most of the water evaporates. Serve on a plate.
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