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 local market. It was run by an old lady who could always be found stirring her pot of tteokbokki, and there were always people lined up to buy it.

She was cooking right in front of us to I saw she used dried anchovies in her stock. That ingredient made a huge difference in the flavor, so I started using it when I made my tteokbokki at home. I once ran out of dried anchovies and made tteokbokki without it, and 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! It totally makes this dish!



  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 2½ 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.


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  1. ShellyKay Baton Rouge, Louisiana joined 6/22 & has 1 comment

    Hi Maangchi,
    My husband and I moved from NY to Louisiana due to his work.
    I used to be able to get rice cakes from H Mart but I can’t find any in Louisiana, Baton Rouge specifically.
    Do you know of any online shops that carry them?
    HMart unfortunately doesn’t ship to Louisiana for some reason.
    Any information would be appreciated.

    Thank you

  2. sonitoki Russia joined 5/22 & has 3 comments

    Amazing recipe as usual! Easy to cook and very delicious

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  3. BigNose Bothell, WA joined 5/21 & has 1 comment

    Easy & good. No modifications!

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