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This grilled tteokbokki is a popular Korean street food that comes in the form of a sweet and chewy rice cake. A delicious Asian sauce soaks these rice cakes (or more appropriately, rolls) once they’ve been grilled to perfection. These spicy, Korean rice cakes are usually about the size of a thumb and have the perfect light crisp on the outside with a delightfully chewy center.

Spicy Korean Rice Cakes (Grilled Tteokbokki)


  • Author: Linda

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This grilled tteokbokki is a popular Korean street food that comes in the form of a sweet and chewy rice cake. A delicious Asian sauce soaks these rice cakes (or more appropriately, rolls) once they’ve been grilled to perfection. These spicy, Korean rice cakes are usually about the size of a thumb and have the perfect light crisp on the outside with a delightfully chewy center.


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Ingredients

  • 2 pounds tube-shaped Korean rice cakes, large size
  • Bamboo skewers
  • Oil, to grill
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds, for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons finely sliced green onion, for garnish

Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup gochujang (Korean chili paste)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce, or season to taste
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil

Instructions

  • Boil a pot of water. Once boiling, add the rice cakes and let them soak for 30 seconds, or until rice cakes turn soft. Strain the rice cakes using a colander and set aside. Once the rice cakes are no longer hot, skewer 2-3 rice cakes in one skewer. You can skip this step if you’re using fresh and soft rice cakes.
  • Meanwhile, heat the sauce in a separate saucepan briefly for 30 seconds to dissolve the sugar. Keep stirring so it doesn’t burn.
  • Add oil to a heated griller. Place skewered rice cakes on a grill and cook for 1-3 minutes on each side, or until they turn golden brown. Remove from the grill and brush the sauce over. Garnish with sesame seeds and green onion. Serve immediately.