Korean Tteokbokki in 10 Minutes: The Ultimate Recipe

We’ve all been there – Friday afternoon, you have just come home from school or work. As it gets dark, you realize there isn’t much for dinner. It wouldn’t normally be a big deal but you’ve invited friends, family, or maybe a co-worker over. You don’t have much time left to prepare an elaborate dish and you don’t know what to do. Sound familiar? Well, today we’ll share a recipe with you that you can make in a very short time, and that will not only get you out of trouble, but will also impress your guests (even those picky eaters), since this dish appears in the acclaimed ‘Squid Game’ series.

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Tteokbokki consists of small savory rice cakes, whose shape evokes the image of Italian penne pasta. Despite their antiquity, dating back to the rise of the Joseon dynasty (which ruled Korea from 1392 to 1910), these little snacks are still very popular and easily found at street food stalls in downtown Seoul. To bring this delicacy to your table in record time, you will only need 5-6 ingredients:

  • Rice paper
  • Honey
  • Ketchup or tomato-based sauce
  • Teriyaki sauce
  • Sesame seeds
  • Chives (optional)
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  1. Take a sheet of rice paper and wet it with drinking water. Wait for it to soften enough to roll it without breaking. It should be easy to mold.
  2. When rolling the sheet, do it as tightly as possible, so that we are left with a single long and compact piece. Then, cut the roll into small sections with a moistened knife, trying to make them as equal as possible, between 3 and 5 cuts.
  3. To prepare the sauce, heat 2 tablespoons of the ketchup or tomato-based sauce in a pan, mixed with 1 tablespoon of honey and a dash of teriyaki (the amount will depend on how sweet or acidic you want the sauce, so season to taste).
  4. Once it’s well-mixed and begins to bubble, add the pieces of cut rice cake and mix so that they are covered in the sauce. Let it fry for about 5 minutes, sprinkle it with sesame seeds and serve.
  5. For a bit of color and crunch, you can chop some chives to add on top.
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If you have skewer sticks lying around, try skewering the Tteokbokki, as this is often how it is served at popular Korean street food stalls.

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