Stir-fried Korean Rice Cake. Tteokbokki (also spelled ddukbokki, ddeokbokki, dukbokki or topokki), 떡볶이, is a beloved Korean rice cake dish with many variations and a rich history. Literally translated as "stir-fried rice cake", this dish is made with garaetteok, a cylinder-shaped white rice cake. You can't watch Korean dramas without craving Korean food.
It's a very popular Korean street food that when I think of Korea, I think of Tteokbokki. Tteokbokki is chewy rice cakes in a sweet, spicy and savory thick red sauce. The red sauce is typically made with anchovy broth and primarily flavored. You can cook Stir-fried Korean Rice Cake using 17 ingredients and 18 steps. Here is how you achieve that.
Ingredients of Stir-fried Korean Rice Cake
- You need 50 grams of sliced kimchi.
- You need 200 grams of minced pork.
- You need 50 grams of frozen vegetable mix.
- You need 450 grams of Korean sliced rice cake.
- Prepare 3 tbsp of vegatable oil.
- You need 1/2 cup of cooking sherry.
- Prepare 1 of salt.
- Prepare of aromatics.
- You need 100 grams of diced celery.
- You need 1 stick of green onion.
- You need 1 tbsp of Sichuan pepper (Huajiao).
- Prepare of Pork seasoning.
- Prepare 1 tsp of oregano.
- You need 1 tbsp of ketchup.
- It’s 1 tsp of soy sauce.
- You need 1 tsp of black pepper.
- You need 1 tbsp of sesame oil.
Place the Korean rice cake into a medium sauce pan. Bring the water to a boil under High heat. Korean Stir-fried Rice Cakes (Ganjang Tteokbeoki) is usually served as an appetizer or a snack. We gobbled this up in between our lunch and dinner.
Stir-fried Korean Rice Cake instructions
- Note: Sichuan pepper is a rather special ingredient used mainly in Chinese cuisine. Therefore, it may not be readily available for most people. In the case that it's not available, you may omit it. It is mainly used to enhance the flavor of the dish as an aromatic..
- In a bowl, add in all the pork seasonings to the minced pork. Knead the pork with seasonings with your hands to integrate everything into the pork evenly. Set aside and let it rest for about 10 minutes while you prepare the rest of the dish..
- Place the Korean rice cake into a medium sauce pan..
- Add about 5 cups of water (or enough water to submerge the rice cake with 1 in of water)..
- Bring the water to a boil under High heat. Let it simmer for about 2 minutes after it reached a boil. (Be sure to stir frequently as the rice cakes are very prude to sticking to the pan.).
- Drain the water and set the rice cake aside..
- Dice the aromatics into small pieces. (about 1/4" by 1/4").
- Heat up a non-stick skillet under High heat..
- Add in the oil in once the pan is hot..
- Fry the Sichuan pepper until the sizzling stops. Then discard the pepper. (The point is to extract the aroma and flavor from the peppercorns.).
- Fry the pork until it is brown all over. Place the pork on the middle of the skillet. Using a spatula, separate the pork into bite-size pieces. Let the meat fry in the oil for about 20 seconds on each side before moving the meat around..
- Once the pork is browned, move them back to the bowl but leave the oil in the skillet..
- Fry the aromatics in the skillet. Add a few pinches of salt to the aromatics to draw out some moisture..
- When the aromatics are soft, add the kimchi. Fry for about 10 seconds until most of the moisture is cooked out..
- Add the pork and frozen vegeable back to the skillet. Keep stirring while the moisture is being cooked out..
- When the skillet is dried, add the sherry in. Keep stirring..
- When half of the sherry is cooked out, add in the rice cake. Fold the mixture into the rice cake quickly. (Or the rice cake will stick!).
- Taste and add more salt if needed. When all the liquid is dried out, remove the skillet from the heat and move everything to a dish/large bowl and serve..
This combination of chewy rice cakes and green onions coated in a savory sauce makes for a delicious blend of textures and flavors. The most common and popular Korean rice cakes are called "tteokppoki (떡볶이)", which you can find its recipe easily online or elsewhere. Those rice cakes are made with rice cake sticks and simmered in spicy Korean chili paste sauce with anchovy stock. It is the traditional dish and tasty, of course. Add the rice cakes, making sure to separate them so they don't stick together.