Posted by: Cooking Thyme | December 19, 2010

Tteokbokki 떡볶이


This popular Korean dish is simple to make; it’s a broiled dish of sliced rice cake thats commonly purchased from street vendors.

In Korea, tteokbokki is necessity and it accompanies any meal, even breakfast. There are many other ingredients added to tteokbokki some regions include boiled eggs, pan-fried mandu (Korean dumplings), sausages or cheese. These days, many kinds of tteokbokki are more popular such as seafood, rice, vegetable and flour tteokbokki.

This is my first Korean dish I’ve made and I must say, it didn’t take more than 15 minutes to cook. I’ve used gochujang, a Korean hot paste made from chilli peppers, along with fish cakes. So here is a simple recipe on how to make this delicious Korean dish.

    Serves 4                             Ingredients

  • ½ onion,                                                                
  • 1 carrot, thinly sliced                                  
  • 10 rice cake sticks*    
  • fish cakes
  • ½ spring onions cut into 5 cm in length

for the paste

  • 1 Tbsp gochujang**   고추장
  • 1 Tsp chilli powder
  • 1 Tbsp sugar or honey
  • 1 Tbsp corn syrup
  • garlic paste
  • korean soy sauce***    조선간장
  • sesame seeds, garnish


Put some water in a pan and bring to boil, and then add the rice cakes. while the rice cakes are cooking mix the Gochujang paste, chilli powder, garlic paste and sugar or honey together in a small bowl, after getting a think consistency, add the mixture to the pot. add the rice cakes to boiling water







Lower the heat slightly to about medium and stir until all the ingredients are mixed together well. Cover it with a lid for a couple of minutes so that some of the water can evaporate to thicken the sauce.

add the fish cakes add the veggies






You need to Cook the rice cakes for around 13-15 minutes, or until tender. After the sauce has thickened, add the fish cakes, soy sauce, onions, carrots and spring onions to the pot. I put the vegetables last not only they take less to cook, but we only want them to cook a bit and soak up the sauce. Give it a good stir, so all the lovely flavours are mixed together. Cook for another 2-3 minutes. Put in a serving bowl, sprinkle with sesame seeds

Now all you have to do, is simply serve!

Spicy Tteokbokki Stew


* Rice Cake: is a food item made from rice that has been shaped or condensed into a single object.

** Gochujang: is a Korean hot pepper paste, its primary ingredients are red chilli powder, rice powder mixed with powdered fermented soybeans. Some Koreans call it the Magic sauce.

*** Korean soy sauce, (called Joseon ganjang, 조선간장,) is different from the Chinese or Japanese soy sauce, it’s actually thin and dark brown in colour.



  1. Happy New Year!
    My favorite Korean restaurant doesn’t put this dish on their menu, but they are willing to bring it out if you ask for it. But wow, they make it hot! I’ll have to try making it at home, with a bit less heat. Certainly looks easy enough to make.

    • Happy New Year
      I didn’t make it that hot as you find in a Korean restaurant.
      Its quiet simple to prepare, as long as you have all the ingredients it won’t take you more than 20 minutes or so.
      tell me how it turns out when you try it

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