Learn to make this Korean classic food that is loved by all ages with ease using our step-by-step instructions on making street-style tteokbokki.
With just a few simple ingredients and step-by-step instructions, you can make the classic Korean street food, tteokbokki. This comfort food is sure to satisfy with its savory yet sweet spicy flavor that's sure to please all ages.
Gather the Ingredients.
Before you get started, make sure to gather the ingredients you'll need for this delicious recipe. You'll need gochujang (Korean red chili paste), tteok (small rice cakes), fish cakes, onions, garlic, sugar, soy sauce, and water. Once you have all these ingredients ready, it’s time to start cooking.
Place a large, deep-sided skillet or wok over medium heat. Add a tablespoon of vegetable oil, then the tteokbokki ingredients – gochujang (Korean red chili paste), tteok (small rice cakes), fishcakes, onions, garlic and sugar in that order. Stir-fry for 2 minutes before pouring in 3⁄4 cup of water and adding 2 tablespoons of soy sauce and 1⁄2 teaspoon of sugar. Lower the heat to low and let it simmer until everything is cooked through and the sauce has thickened to your desired consistency. Serve hot with extra chili paste according to your taste preference. Enjoy!
Make the Sauce.
Start by making the sauce for the tteokbokki. In a pot on medium heat, combine gochujang, sugar, soy sauce and water and stir until everything is well blended. Bring to a boil and then lower the heat to let it simmer for about 5 minutes. This will create a sweet and spicy sauce that can be used to make your tteokbokki delicious!
Once the sauce is done, it’s time to cook the tteokbokki! Add the rice cakes, diced onion and roasted seaweed strips to the pot with the sauce. Gently mix everything until coated with sauce. Let simmer on low heat for about 10 minutes or until the rice cakes are softened. You can also add additional ingredients such as fish cakes, hard-boiled eggs and vegetables for extra flavor. Finally, garnish the tteokbokki with sesame seeds and chopped scallions for a bit of crunch and flavor. Serve it warm and enjoy!
Prepare the Rice Cakes, Fish Cakes, and Veggies.
After the sauce is done, you will want to prepare the other ingredients necessary for your tteokbokki. Grab a medium-sized bowl and mix in the rice cakes, fish cakes and any other desired vegetables. Tteokbokki can made with whatever ingredients you have on hand so feel free to experiment with different combinations of ingredients here. Once everything is mixed together, add it to the pot with the sauce and stir to combine.
Be sure to cook the rice cakes and fish cakes in the sauce for 10-15 minutes on medium heat, stirring occasionally so that the ingredients have time to cook through and absorb the flavors of the spicy sauce. Finally, give your tteokbokki a taste and adjust seasoning as needed with more hot pepper flakes or sugar. Once you’re satisfied with the flavor of your tteokbokki, add any desired additional toppings such as sesame seeds or green onions and serve with steamed white rice. Enjoy!
Cook the Rice Cakes, Fish Cakes, and Veggies in the Sauce.
Once everything is added to the pot with the sauce, turn up the heat to medium-high and cook for 10 minutes stirring occasionally. This will help all of the ingredients absorb the flavors of the sauce and give you a wonderful tteokbokki ready to eat in no time at all. The mixture should be thick and bubbling when it's done. Serve alongside some rice and enjoy!
To make Street-Style Tteokbokki, start by heating sesame oil in a large pot over medium heat. Next add in the gochujang and garlic and stir until everything is incorporated. Then add the fish cake slices, cabbage, carrots, onion, and tteokbokki rice cakes into the sauce. Make sure to give everything a good stir so that the mixture is evenly coated with the sauce.