Friday, August 15, 2008

Rice Cake with Gochujang (Ddeokbokki)

This is Ddeokbokki (炒年糕), a popular Korean street food. I did not use the Korean rice cake but used the white rice cake which is a product of China. Both the Korean rice cake and gochujang (hot pepper paste) can be purchased from Korean shop at Novena Square 2. Some recipes used small fish to make the stock and sugar too. For a vegan and healthier version, I omitted both ingredients and at the same time make this real simple.

Preparation: 5 mins, Cooking time: 10 mins

Ingredients (serves 1)
° 100g white rice cake, soaked overnight
° 1 clove garlic or 1 slice ginger, finely chopped
° ¾ tablespoon olive oil
° 1 tablespoon gochujang (Korean hot pepper paste), or to taste
° 250ml water or vegetable stock
° small handful of chopped spring onion or coriander (optional), for garnish

1. Heat the oil in a wok. Add the garlic or ginger and fry till fragrant.
2. Throw in the white rice cake, water and gochujang. Bring to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes or until the sauce is thickened and the rice cake is soften.
3. Garnish with spring onion or coriander and serve immediately.


Anonymous said...

Wow, it looked so appetising!!!
The gochujang you bought contains purely pepper ingredients with no garlic/onion?
Usually Korean Rice Cake sold contains garlic/onion which I dislike.:P
Sunny :-)

a veg*n @ Blog*Spot said...

Hi Sunny,

I check with the Cashier at the Korean Shop, she said is vegetarian, i didn't ask about garlic/onion, as i eat them.

If i buy this many years back, I still can get my Korean ex-Colleague to read the ingredient list. Now, can't :(

Yes, the store beside the korean shop sell Ddeokbokki, it is stir-fried with garlic, she told me.

Cheers :)

dreamy said...

Wow! Amazing! You know the Lotus heart tea house also got chao nian gao, but they does them white not red hehe

Anonymous said...

I love rice cakes, sometimes they're called rice pucks in chinese restaurants over here. I haven't had them for awhile, this recipe would be perfect to try them again. Thanks!

...barbara... said...

kudos to you....

i have been living in korea for the past while and this looks much like the real thing....

sadly fish does get put in but luckily i have korean friends who ask if it is in the sauce....and most places will put the fish cake in right before serving so i get it omitted....

yummy....some friends made me reokboki once ( i am not sure if that is a slang name or not) but you basically just add some ramen to it and some veg....

did you spend some time in korea as well?

a veg*n @ Blog*Spot said...

Hi Babara

You have a beautiful blog :)Reokboki? I haven't eat it before. Before I turned Vegetarian, I had tried Korean BBQ and Kimchi.

Currently, we do have some Korean Restaruants here, yet to find out whether they serves Veg. Korean food. I miss Kimchi.

You staying in Korea? If there is a chance, I would love to visit Korea.

Cheers :)

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