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. Sophia& has 2,261 comments

    hi maangchi

    i love this dish! i made it before and ate the whole thing myself. no one in my family understands why i am so obsessed with korean food (and dramas ^.^). i was wondering – if i wanted to add seafood or beef, when would i add it? thank you!

  2. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 11,821 comments

    yes, uh muk is fish cake. Thank you for your interest in my recipes.

  3. Anonymous& has 2,261 comments

    떡볶이 is so yummy.I was wondering is 어묵 fish cake? I usually make 떡볶이 without it, but I had it with at a friend’s house and it tasted good.

    너의 요리법을 많이 좋아해요~ ^^ 화이팅!

  4. Pinky& has 2,261 comments

    Hi maangchi!!!
    Thank u so much for ur recipe. I really love korean food.
    ddukbokkie is my fav korean food. ^^i will make ddukbokkie with ur recipe on frd gathering party which is on next sunday!!! :))
    Again, thx a lot.

  5. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 11,821 comments

    Dear, Kim,

    If you don’t like to add any sugar, skip it. It would not matter what it is supposed to taste.

  6. Kim& has 2,261 comments

    Hi, I’ve just made ddukbokkie today using your recipe. I’ve never had it before so I’m not sure how it’s supposed to taste like. It is hot, and spicy, but it is also sweet? I’m not too fond of the sweetness, so I’m asking if it’s supposed to be sweet ( I think I even put less than 1 tablespoon of sugar) Thanks!!!

  7. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 11,821 comments

    I would thaw and soak it in water until you can split each piece easily. Thanks,

  8. ::stephie::& has 2,261 comments

    Hi Maangchi,
    Thanks for the recipes~~~
    i was just wondering the rice cakes i buy here are frozen so do i boil them first or soak them or just thaw them (will they stick) because it is really difficult to separate them.
    THANKS!! :)

  9. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 11,821 comments

    Mandu! ok!

  10. Anonymous& has 2,261 comments

    Hi Maangchi,

    Have tried many of your recipes and they are really delicious.
    By the way, my husband is crazy for Mandu. Can you teach us how to make Kimchi Mandu??
    Thanks in advance.

  11. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 11,821 comments

    Pei Qin,
    Andong jjimdak (Andong style chicken dish), your request will be included in the list of my upcoming cooking videos. thank you for your interest in my recipe.

  12. Pei Qin& has 2,261 comments

    Hi! I’m not sure where to post my question but I’ll like to learn how to cook andong jimddak! I ate once near a eatery near Dong-A University and i really miss it!

  13. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 11,821 comments

    Ok,Heavenlypurple1, I will remember it. : )
    I think it’s Yak gwa, made with sweet rice powder, honey, etc.
    It’s deep fried food over low heat.
    One of my Canadian friends who used to teach English in Korea loves it, too.

  14. Jennifer& has 2,261 comments

    Hi Maangchi,
    It’s me Jennifer again lol

    I was wondering what is good recipe for something. I don’t know the korean name for it. It’s almost like a donut. I use to get it all the time at the korean store. I think it’s made from rice flour dough ? PS my name on youtube is Heavenlypurple1 so if you see any messages you know that it is me.

  15. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 11,821 comments

    가루찹쌀 means sweet rice flour, so you can make “gyung dan” with it.
    For Ddukbokkie, you have to find right rice cake. Please check out my “ingredients” and see what it looks like. Thank you for your interest in my recipes.

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