Tteokbokki is a Korean snack that is made by mixing pieces of garae-tteok (stick-shaped white rice cake), fish cake, and assorted vegetables and then stir-frying them with gochujang (red pepper paste).
The dish is widely recognized abroad as it is often featured in Korean TV series and variety shows broadcasted overseas, such as Running Man and Infinite Challenge.
But the publicity is not the only reason why many foreigners like tteokbokki. Although the dish may look as if it will light your mouth and stomach on fire, in reality, it has a savory spicy-sweet flavor that is hard to dislike.
Tteokbokki on TV
The SBS (a TV channel) entertainment program Law of the Jungle shows Korean celebrities trying to survive in nature without using any modern conveniences. Before traveling to Kota Manado, Jin from BTS had tteokbokki with other members of the cast. He said, "I heard that in the jungle you crave spicy food."
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Main Ingredients: 300g rice cake, 60g fish cake, 1 green onion, 50g onion, 50g cabbage, kelp
Sauce Ingredients: 1 tbsp. sugar, 2 tbsp. gochujang (red pepper paste), 1 tbsp. oligosaccharide, 1 tsp. chopped garlic, 2 tbs. red chili powder
1. Put water and kelp in a pot and boil to make broth. When the water starts boiling, remove the kelp.
2. Chop the green onion into 0.5cm pieces and the onion and cabbage into 0.7cm pieces. Cut the fish cake into pieces similar in size to the rice cake.
3. Mix the sauce ingredients in a bowl.
4. Put water and rice cake into a pan and parboil the rice cake for about 1 min. Parboil the fish cake as well.
5. Pour the broth and sauce into a deep sauce pan and bring to a boil over high heat.
6. When the rice cake is half-cooked, add the parboiled fish cake.
7. Boil down the broth over low heat until it is reduced to about one-third of the original volume.
8. Mix in the sliced vegetables and turn off the heat. Arrange on a platter; the dish is ready!
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