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. pieter Amsterdam, Netherlands joined 7/17 & has 4 comments

    Made the broth with the small dried anchovies, they sell here. About 15 like you recommended. And the kelp. The sauce turned out to be deeeply delicious! Thanks Maangchi

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    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 11,710 comments

      I’m happy to hear that you like the broth made with anchovies. Yes, I always use dried anchovies to make tteokbokki. Yours looks so delicious! Even the egg looks amazing!

  2. Baechu Philippines joined 7/17 & has 1 comment

    Hi! Maangchi! Is it okay to make this without the dried kelp and hot pepper flakes? Thank you!

  3. Baegelz Vietnam joined 6/17 & has 1 comment

    Thanks Maangchi! I made this with my grandma and we had lots of fun, there was a little trouble with the garaeddeok dough (how do you spell it haha) so it’s not that evenly sized, but it’s still so delicious, and also by the way, my grandma made a few twists to it, like adding cheese flavouring to the dough and replacing anchovies with anchovy fish sauce. She tried to make it many times before but only your recipe works Maangchi! Thanks again!

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  4. negar98 Iran joined 5/17 & has 1 comment

    hi maangchi. thanks for your perfect resipe. Here is the tteokbokki that I cooked. this was my first korean food. and I made rice cake and fish cakes myself.

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  5. Sio lover Ksa joined 12/16 & has 46 comments

    I got the short grain rice flower its wow now and its sooooo spicy and chewy

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  6. Sio lover Ksa joined 12/16 & has 46 comments

    I didnt know that it tastes delicious with beef and noodles thanks maangchi ❤

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  7. HappyFood Melbourne, Australia joined 5/17 & has 1 comment

    Hi Maangchi,

    I love your recipe for tteokbokki. The anchovy/kelp broth adds a wonderful depth. I also want to add that your youtube channel is brilliant. Korean food makes me feel so happy. Yesterday I cooked tteokbooki, miyuk soup, a seaweed side dish and doenjang stew. Yes, I kind of went overboard. It is the best comfort food during Melbourne’s cold weather.

    Thank you for inspiring me. It also helped that KT Mall opened up nearby with all the relevant ingredients. I’m still deliberating if I should make jajangmeyon today, or pace myself!

    What I love about Korean food is not only the variety, but the combination of vegetables, spice and garlic.

    Thank you for being such a wonderful teacher.

  8. Basoma Kuwait joined 4/16 & has 2 comments

    Maangchi,, today I’ll make Tteokbokki but I don’t have dried anchovies and kelp what can I use instead of it?
    Thank you ❤️❤️

  9. Sio lover Ksa joined 12/16 & has 46 comments

    Thats the best time I did it its awesome and sooo chewy so spicy and it melts inmy mouth

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  10. O, Joo-Hwan Las Vegas, Nevada USA joined 2/17 & has 10 comments

    Another new recipe. Got my super size rice cakes from a special stand near the supermarket. This is really good. And it really does remind me of the texture of mozzarella sticks. I went straight rice cakes for this first try. Hard to describe the flavors as savory and sweet compete for my attention.

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  11. Pim Portland, OR joined 3/17 & has 3 comments

    I’ve made this so many times using your recipe and will continue doing so! Each time I tried different types of fish cakes :) and I always add noodles (my husband loves it!). Thank your for the recipe!

  12. H7zAngel Murfreesboro, Tennessee USA joined 12/14 & has 1 comment

    I decided to make tteokbokki today for my daughter and I am going to serve it to her as part as her Valentine Dinner. It is a bit sweet but once you eat about 5 pieces the hot hits the back of your throat and lips from the sauce. My daughter likes the tteokbokki sauce thick so I cook it a little longer than what is said.

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  13. Mdefields Indiana joined 1/17 & has 11 comments

    Nummy!! I didn’t have anchovies, so I used dried shitaki mushrooms instead. Not an egg fan, so omitted those. It tastes great!

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  14. bny Hungary joined 1/17 & has 1 comment

    Hello! 안녕하세요!
    I just finished now with my tteokbokki. It’s yummy but i’m sure i can do it better later so i will keep making it. ;) I didn’t have anchovy and kelp so i used my mom’s bone soup for broth.
    It’s my first time making tteokbokki but not the first time eating it.
    Thank you Maangchi for inspiring with the recipe! ^^

  15. Xara E MO, USA joined 1/17 & has 1 comment

    Tried this today. Made the rice cake yesterday, and boiled it with sauce this afternoon. So yummy! Used bonito flakes since I don’t have anchovy. Mmmmmm!

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