Super Spicy Tteokbokki

Tteokbokki (ddeokbokki 떡볶이) or spicy rice cakes stew are popular Korean street snack made from tteok, meat and seasoning. I was introduced to this dish from… where else but Korean dramas of course! 😉 The most famous version of tteokbokki is the marriage of tteok with spicy red pepper sauce which I’m going to share the recipe here. Mine is called Super Spicy Tteokbokki because it really is SUPER HOT. Afraid not as I will advice you the portion to make it less spicy.

Spicy Tteokbokki
HOT HOT Tteokbokki!

Tteok Korean Rice Cakes
This is tteok (떡) or Korean rice cakes. This type of tteok is called garaetteok (가래떡, cylinder-shaped tteok). They can be found at Korean and Asian grocery shops.

Gochujang, Mulyut and Soy Sauce
Some of the ingredients for making spicy tteokbokki:
Left: Gochujang (Korean chili paste)
Right: Mulyut (Korean corn syrup) and soy sauce (mulyut is added to give the dish a bit of shine)

Fish Cakes
Begin by slicing fish cakes and spring onions.

Gochujang, Chili Powder, Soy Sauce, Sugar, Mulyut and Garlic
In a saucepan, add gochujang, gochugaru, soy sauce, mulyut, sugar, garlic and water. Mix well.

Bring Mixture To Boil
Bring it to a boil.

Cooking Tteokbokki
Next, add rice cake, fish cake and spring onion. Let it simmer for about 20 minutes. Remember to stir occasionally to prevent rice cake from sticking.

When I was making this dish, I followed the exact amount of water recommended in the magazine which is 375ml. I find that the water dries up pretty quickly and I only cooked my tteok for 13 minutes instead of the recommended 20 minutes. Hence for the official recipe, I recommend adding 600ml of water.

The tteokbokki is done once rice cakes is soft and sauce is thick. Sprinkle spring onion and sesame seeds. Best serve hot.

Spicy Tteokbokki
Perfect harmony of sweet and spicy!
Teok is very chewy when cooked perfectly. The fish cakes plays a big part in making this dish yummier!

Spicy Tteokbokki
Try it and you will love it. 🙂

Super Spicy Tteokbokki
Adapted from Flavours magazine (March-April 2009)
Serves 4

600ml water
4 tablespoons gochujang (Korean chili paste)
1 tablespoons gochugaru (Korean chili powder), optional
1/2 tablespoon Korean soy sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons mulyut (Korean corn syrup), optional (to give the dish a shine)
1/2 tablespoon sugar
2 cloves garlic, chopped
600g (1 packet) Korean rice cakes (tteok)
200g fish cake, sliced
1 stalk spring onion, sliced
2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds
1 stalk spring onion, chopped

Half the amount of gochujang and gochugaru for less spicy version.

1. In a large saucepan, add gochujang, gochugaru, soy sauce, mulyut, sugar, garlic and water.

2. Stir them well and bring to a boil.

3. Add rice cake, fish cake and spring onion and simmer for around 20 minutes. Make sure you stir often so that the ingredients don’t stick together.

4. Plate it and garnish with sesame seeds and spring onions. Best serve hot/warm.

Hey hey spicy day ahead!

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  • Reply Nava Krishnan June 21, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    The more spicy, the more we love it at home. Surely my kind of food although its new for me.

    • Reply Che-Cheh June 22, 2011 at 1:40 pm

      Are you the queen of spicy food? I am… but this is REALLY spicy. LOL.
      Hmm think of this dish as ‘chee cheong fun’ with full max ‘chili padi’ sauce. Chee cheong fun is thin and softer of course whereas this tteok is chewy and large.

  • Reply Pierre June 25, 2011 at 9:46 am

    Nicely done! In Korea, we would eat this standing up right up in front of the street stall. A little quick pit stop. Not much talking sometimes… just eating with dripping nose… and sweaty neck. The drama of a great food.

    • Reply Che-Cheh June 27, 2011 at 10:34 am

      Oh yeah I’ve seen that in Korean dramas. Would like to try that some day.

  • Reply cazzycazz June 28, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    I have all the ingredients in hand since months ago!! Thanks for sharing and i am gonna be a ‘copycat’ and trying this dish out following your recipe soon!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Reply Che-Cheh June 29, 2011 at 1:46 pm

      You’re welcome. 🙂
      This is the simplest of tteokbokki. You can vary this recipe by adding other ingredients.

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