How to Make Tteokbokki Spicy Korean Rice Cake


Tteokbokki is a popular Korean dish made of rice cakes and spicy sauce. It is usually served as street food, but can also be found in restaurants. Tteokbokki is a favorite among Koreans and foreigners alike and is considered to be comfort food. In this article, you will learn how to make Tteokbokki yourself. Tteokbokki is a dish that has many variations, but the most common way to make Tteokbokki is with Tteok (rice cakes) and Gook-ganjang (soup base made from soy sauce).


A plate of food on a table

Tteok: Tteok (rice cakes), garaetteok (long and thin rice cakes)

Gook-ganjang: gook-ganjang, jeotgal

Gochujang: red chili pepper paste

Sugar, salt, green onion, fish cake, garlic cloves, oil

Note: Tteokbokki is a dish that has many variations. The most common one is made with Tteok and Gook-ganjang. However Tteukboki can also be made with Tteok and Ttangsul or Ttongkalchi Muchim. The latter two are soups that are eaten by adding Ttongsul or Ttongkalchi to Tteokbokki. Tteukboki can also be made with Tteok, Ttangsul or Ttongkalchi Muchim, eggs, fish cakes & vegetables. These are usually served in restaurants rather than street food. Tteokbokki can also be served with Tteokjuk (Tteok covered in egg). The Tteok covered in an egg is usually made by cooking Tteokboki. Then, the Tteok is put on top of Tteokjuk.

Ttongsul or Ttongkalchi Muchim 1 cup

It is very difficult to explain how much water you should add to the soup base because it depends on your taste. So instead, I will show you a picture. You can adjust the water as you wish once you’ve mixed the soup with the gochujang and sugar.

You can find Tteok and Tteokguk in a Korean grocery store or Tteokbokki stores. Ttongsul and Ttongkalchi Muchim can also be found in a Korean grocery store, but if you do not have one near you, it is possible to make them at home. They sell Tteok and Tteokguk for very cheap prices (between 1-2 dollars) so it’s not worth trying to make your own Tteok unless you want to make large amounts of Tteokjuk (Tteok covered in egg). However, homemade Ttangsul should be made with kelp powder.


A bowl of food on a plate

Pot: It should be big enough to hold all Tteokguk

Sieve: for Ttangsul

Water measuring cup: Ttongsul and Ttongkalchi Muchim call for 1 cup of water, so make sure you have a cup that measures out to exactly 1 cup.

Note: Tteokbokki is not the only dish that uses Tteok or Tteokguk. Tteokguk can be eaten as a soup on its own, Tteolpochi (Tteok wrapped with fish cake), Addakssi Muchim (stir-fried vegetables) are some dishes you can make with Tteok. Also, Tteoksit Bibimbap is Tteok mixed with vegetables, Ttongsul or Ttongkalchi Muchim on top of Tteokbap (rice). Tteokguk can also be used in Tteokjuk. I hope this article helped you to learn about Tteoksit Bibimbap!

Thank you for reading this article. Please feel free to comment below if you have any questions, concerns, criticisms, feedback, etc. It would be most helpful and very much appreciated. Thank you in advance!

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