Tteokbokki

July 08, 2020

I’m craving for Tteokbokki.

Tteok-bokki (떡볶이; also spelled ddukbokki) or stir-fried rice cakes is a popular Korean food made from small-sized garae-tteok (long, white, cylinder-shaped rice cakes) called tteokmyeon (떡면; “rice cake noodles”) or commonly tteok-bokki-tteok (떡볶이 떡; “tteok-bokki rice cakes”). Eomuk (fish cakes), boiled eggs, and scallions are some common ingredients paired with tteok-bokki in dishes. It can be seasoned with either spicy gochujang (chili paste) or non-spicy ganjang (soy sauce)-based sauce; the former being the most typical form, while the latter is less common and sometimes called gungjung-tteok-bokki (royal court tteok-bokki).

Today, variations also include curry-tteok-bokkicream sauce-tteok-bokkijajang-tteok-bokkiseafood-tteok-bokkigalbi-tteok-bokki and so on. Tteok-bokki is commonly purchased and eaten at bunsikjip (snack bars) as well as pojangmacha (street stalls). There are also dedicated restaurants for tteok-bokki, where it is referred to as jeugseog tteok-bokki (impromptu tteok-bokki). It is also a popular home dish, as the rice cakes (garae-tteok) can be purchased in pre-packaged, semi-dehydrated form.

Source: Wikipedia

I bought gochujang but already expired. And I found this recipe without gochujang in internet (I forgot the website url). But I have modificated this recipe, because I didn’t like spicy.

Recipe:

  • Tteokbokki (I bought it from supermarket, the package is using vacuum and freeze one)
  • 4 pcs minced garlic
  • 2 pcs shallot / onion
  • 6 pcs Bird’s Eye Chilli (puree)
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 6 tablespoon Tomato Sauce
  • 2 tablespoon Mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Oyster Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Salty Soy Sauce
  • 2 tablespoon Sugar
  • Chile Powder
  • Leek
  • Water
  • You can add another ingredients such as boiled egg, sausage, cheese, eomuk, etc.

How to Cook?

Fry the garlic, onion, and bird’s eye chili in the butter, until smelling. Then pour the tomato sauce, mayonnaise, soy sauce, oyster sauce into it, give a little water (if you like the sauce to be thick, don’t give too much water). Pour the sugar, mixed it well. Taste it, if you think it’s not spicy enough, you can add the chili powder. If you like sweet, you can add the sugar.

Then when you think the taste is good and water height or volume is enough for your taste, put the tteokboki inside, and boiled it. Don’t boiled it too long because the tteokbokki will too soft and it’s sticky.

Serve in a plate and put some boiled egg and the cheese (look for melted one, so when the cheese put inside the sauce, it will melted and taste wonderful).

Visit my friend in Incheon and Seoul D5 (BGSDNMK) – SK Trip 2014 # South Korea

After put our luggage at the new hotel, then I’m going to visit my Korean’s friend, Nana. We met when study Chinese at Beijing. She made Tteokbokki, from then, I like Tteokbokki.

Her house is located at Songdo International Business District. And it’s far-far away from the city. We ride subway about 2 hours to Campus Town Subway Station.

Songdo International Business District (Songdo IBD) is a new smart city or “ubiquitous city” built from scratch on 600 hectares (1,500 acres) of reclaimed land along Incheon’s waterfront, 65 kilometres (40 mi) southwest of Seoul, South Korea and connected to Incheon International Airport by a 12.3-kilometre (7.6 mi) reinforced concrete highway bridge, called Incheon Bridge. Along with Yeongjong and Cheongna, it is part of the Incheon Free Economic Zone.[2]

The Songdo International Business District will feature the Northeast Asia Trade Tower and the Incheon Tower. Schools, hospitals, apartments, office buildings and cultural amenities are to be built in the district. Replicas of architectural hallmarks, including New York City’s Central Park and Venice’s waterways, will also be incorporated. This 10-year development project is estimated to cost in excess of $40 billion, making it one of the most expensive development projects ever undertaken.

Credit: Wikipedia

The first impression for this city is, Wow… It would be nice to live here.

My friend pick us at the station, and then we ride car to her apartment. This time also, her husband cook Tteokbokki for us, and it’s delicious. Too bad, I don’t know why, but this time I travelling to South Korea, I didn’t feel hungry at all. Even I still wants to eat, but I’m already full.

The apartment is nice and comfy. I would like to have one if I have a chance. haha…

After eat lunch, they take us to eat dessert in NC Cube Canal Walk Shopping Street. I saw this area once, on Running Man. So I know what is it.

You can shopping in here. And also a lot of restaurant and cafe in here. The shopping mall is unique, there’s a canal in the middle of the building, with fountain and many decorations.

After walking around, it’s already 3 o’clock in the afternoon. So we go back to Seoul. My friend’s husband has something to do in Seoul, so they take us to Yongsan E-Market to shopping. While her husband go to Dongdaemun.

On the way to Yongsan E-Mart, we passed Indonesian Embassy at Seoul.

E-Mart is the biggest and discount store in Korea. It’s very famous. The E-Mart at Yongsan is the 70th E-Mart in Korea. Located on the first and second underground floors of I’Park Mall (A Giant Shopping Mall connected to Yongsan Station).

Credit: Visitkorea

It’s nice in here. For a special product, you can try it first then decided to buy it or not. We bought so many snack. Famous snack recommended by my Korean Friend.

I don’t know how to put it into my luggage haha…

From Yongsan, we ride subway to Dongdaemun and walk around there. We also eat dinner in Doota.

Cheonggyecheon Stream also can be reached from Dongdaemun. It’s more beautiful in night.

After that, we go back to hotel to rest and packing. Today is our last day in Seoul.