Hot and spicy rice cake

Tteokbokki 떡볶이

When I lived in Korea I learned the secret to making good tteokbokki from a famous place in a market. It was run by an old lady who could always be found stirring her tteokbokki. People were lined up to buy it.

I saw she used dried anchovies in her stock, and that ingredient made a huge difference in the flavor.


I once ran out of dried anchovies and made tteokbokki without it. It didn’t taste at all like what I was expecting. So don’t forget to always make a good stock with dried anchovies when you make this!




  1. Add the water, dried anchovies, and dried kelp to a shallow pot or pan.
  2. Boil for 15 minutes over medium high heat without the lid.anchovy stockanchovy stock
  3. Combine hot pepper paste, hot pepper flakes, and sugar in a small bowl. Remove the anchovies and kelp from the pot and add the rice cake, the mixture in the bowl, the green onion, and the optional fish cakes and hard boiled eggs. The stock will be about 2 ½ cups. ddeokbokkiddeokbokkiddeokbokkie
  4. Stir gently with a wooden spoon when it starts to boil. Keep stirring until the rice cake turns soft and the sauce thickens and looks shiny, which should take about 10 -15 minutes. If the rice cake is not soft enough, add more water and continue stirring until soften. When you use freshly made rice cake, it takes shorter time. If you use frozen rice cake, thaw it out and soak in cold water to soften it before cooking.ddeokbokki
  5. Remove from the heat and serve hot.




  1. Jennym Washington dc joined 3/20 & has 1 comment


    Could I use a store bought stock bag? The tea bags with the anchovy and kelp? Thank you!!

  2. LilBunnyBlue Md joined 3/20 & has 2 comments

    I was looking at your recipe for tteokbokki and reading comments section.. Its my first time wanting to try to make it so driving home i stopped at the local asian market near me (it a little larger than a convenience store) and i was unable to find frozen rice flour but i did find rice flour and glutinous rice flour on the regular shelves. Can i use either of these instead.? I would hate to waste ingredients or discourage myself by making wrong dishes. Pleas help?

  3. AudreyA New York, New York joined 10/18 & has 3 comments

    I love this recipe and I’ve made it a few times but now I’m on a diet and I can’t eat rice cakes, so today I made it with grilled tofu! Maybe not as good as it is with rice cakes, but it was delicious and makes dieting easy :)

  4. Lili1919 Ga joined 2/20 & has 1 comment

    Hello Maangchi,
    Just wanted to thank you again for all your delicious recipes. Today I made your Tteokbokki recipe and it’s awesome.

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