I created this video of how I make my favorite dish, 떡볶이 ddeokbokki, which is a Korean dish often described as ‘spicy rice cakes’. See below for the recipe. I hope you enjoy!
Please watch the video for instructions.
These are the amounts I used:
500g frozen rice cakes 떡
Fish cakes 어묵
1/2 large green onion 대파
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes 고춧가루 (adjust to how spicy you want it)
1/2 teaspoon dashima powder 다시마
1/3 teaspoon curry powder 카레 가루 ( can add black bean ramen powder 짜장가루)
1/3 teaspoon black pepper
후추 4 Tablespoons sugar
설탕 3-4 Tablespoons red pepper paste
고추장 1/4c water
물 Boil water about 2 cups water, add sauce and dissolve.
Add rice cakes and cook a few minutes before adding the fish cakes and cabbage or whatever else you are adding . Toward the end of cooking, add the green onion. Top with cheese, sesame seeds, perilla leaves, whatever you want!
This is a quick and easy Korean side dish (반찬) and is, I believe, the first real side dish I made for my husband, Chanshig. The fresh and crisp taste goes especially well with grilled meat.
Notes: If you are in Asia you will have no trouble finding these chives but if you’re in another country you might have to check your Asian grocer, as you probably will for some of the other ingredients. When I lived in America my Korean teacher grew these herself and always shared her bounty with me, so I learned to make a few dishes with them.
If you are unsure about shopping for some of these ingredients, try copying and pasting the Korean or English name into Google images to get an idea of what kind of package you are looking for. Or, when in doubt, buy online.
9oz 부추 Garlic chives
approx. 2 tsp (depending on how spicy you want it) 고춧 가루 Korean red pepper flakes (Note: DO NOT substitute with something else. This is a unique product.)
1/2 tsp 소금 Salt
1 tsp 다진 마늘 Minced garlic
1 tsp 참기름 Sesame oil (not the toasted kind)
1 tsp 간장 soy sauce
1tsp 멸치액젓 fish sauce/anchovy sauce (make sure it’s the clear kind)
1/2 tsp 깨 toasted sesame seeds
Sort through the chives and discard any wilted ones. Then rinse chives and drain. After the water has been well drained off cut chives into approximately 3 in/6 cm pieces. Put in a large mixing bowl and set aside.
Prepare other ingredients and mix together in a small bowl. This is your seasoning.
Put on some plastic gloves and gradually mix in the seasoning with your hands. This is the real Korean way!
Before transferring to a container, pick up some of the seasoned chives (while wearing the gloves, of course) and feed by hand to a loved one so they can check the taste. If no one is available, feed to yourself. This is the real Korean way! Again!
Keep in a sealed container in the refrigerator. Note: This only lasts a few days so be sure to eat it up quickly!
Let me know if you tried this recipe and what you thought. 맛있게 먹으세요! Eat well!