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Tteokbokki - Korean rice cakes in spicy sauce

The tteokbokki (떡볶이), Korean rice cakes in spicy sauce, are part of the gastronomic culture of street food. It is an extremely cheap dish and consists of glutinous rice cakes (tteok) cooked in a pan with a spicy and tasty sauce.

The history of tteokbokki dates back to the 1800s, when they were eaten in a white version at the royal court.

Starting from the 1950s, however, they are said to have appeared in the Sindang district (Seoul) in today's red version, becoming famous in the following years as a food of the working class (which replaced rice with rice dumplings).

There are really many varieties in the type of tteokbokki recipe, the recipe I propose is easy and fast. If you wish, you can add fish cake and boiled eggs.


  • 1 portion rice cakes (cylindrical shape)

  • 1 1/2 cups water

  • 1 tbsp gochujang

  • 1 tbsp gochugaru

  • 1 tbsp honey

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • 1 crushed garlic

  • sesame seeds


  • Pour water, gochujang, gochugaru, honey, soy sauce and garlic into a pan. Mix well and bring to a boil.

  • Add the gnocchi and cook until the sauce has reduced (about 20/25 minutes), stirring occasionally.

  • Sprinkle with sesame seeds.

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