How to Make Tteokbokki: A Delicious and Easy Korean Rice Cake Dish
Updated: May 26
Do you know Tteokbokki (떡볶이)? Or you may spell it Topoki.
It is a popular Korean dish made with spicy sauce, rice cakes, and other ingredients such as fish cakes, boiled eggs, and vegetables. It is often eaten as a snack or a light meal and is especially popular among young people in Korea.
This is something they would eat after school on their way home with their friends. (I certainly did when I was a young girl! lol)
Now Korean movies and dramas are very popular on Netflix and YouTube, it is not so difficult to see Tteokbokki on screen and it seems many people who love spicy food also enjoy Tteokbokki!
So, why not try making it on your own? Let's give it a go!
Ingredients (Serves 2 people)
Rice cakes (2 cups): When you buy them from a Korean Grocery store, they may be frozen. Before cooking, simply soak them in water for 10-20 minutes.
Fish cakes (2): Rinse them in hot water and cut them lengthwise into small bite-sized pieces
Spring Onions (2): Cut them into small pieces
Onion: Thinly slice it.
Boiled eggs (2): Depending on how you want them, you can cut them in half in the middle or leave them whole.
Now let's prepare the Tteokbokki sauce!
If you are familiar with my cooking, you would already know my Gochujang Sauce and Magice Soy Sauce. You can use them here as well! However, if you don't have them, don't worry, simply use the normal Gochujang and Soy Sauce.
2 TSP of Gochujang Sauce (or normal Gochujang)
2 TSP of Magic Soy Sauce (or normal Soy sauce)
1 TSP of Chili Powder
1 or 1.5 TSP of Honey (or normal sugar)
Simply mix them all. You can add a little water if needed.
Now you have the ingredients ready and the sauce ready, so you are set to go!
Add 2 cups of water to a pot and bring it to a boil.
Simply add the rice cakes and stir them well.
Then, add the sliced onions and the sauce.
Stir them gently so the sauce can be mixed in well.
When the rice cakes are getting softer, add the fish cake and spring onions.
Stir everything well. You can add the boiled eggs at this stage and mix them in, or serve them separately on top of the dish later before eating.
Now you have Tteokbokki! Enjoy!
I hope you try this recipe and if you do, I would be interested in finding out how it turned out. Please send me a picture when you make it. I would be very happy to see it!