Let’s Cook – Ddeokbokki (떡볶이)

Cooking time again! This time I went for ddeokbokki (also spelled tteokbokki).

Ddeokbokki is a dish of spicy rice cakes. Sometimes people will add hard boiled eggs or odeng (fish cakes) too.

I actually used a couple websites as references, but I most used the one on Maangchi.com (check it here)

I also followed Martina of EYK’s video for making anchovy broth. I did not have fun taking out the innards of the anchovies. First, I’ve never done that for any fish much less these itty bitty ones that are hard to handle. Also, the ones I had were not fresh. The broth wasn’t too hard to make, but the fish smell is really strong. You end up with a lot of broth so unless you do a lot of Korean cooking you’re going to have to store it or toss the rest.

Once the broth was finished the rest was pretty easy. Just involves throwing stuff in a pot and waiting. My sauce probably could’ve been thicker in the end. Someone commented that I need sugar and corn syrup which I did add (it wasn’t in the video), but I may have needed more. The taste was pretty spot on though!

I ended up taking the dish to the high school my mom works at for their international culture day. Only a few kids tried it and they thought it was too spicy. ^_^; The one Korean student liked it though haha. So I didn’t do too badly.

I need to find more recipes to cook! Hope I can bring more tasty treats to you guys.

K-pop Exercise Playlist

Hi ho, my lovelies!

Now that the weather is finally nice here I’m going out for runs more and more. I also go to the gym, but I prefer being outside. 🙂

So I’m bringing my Top 10 K-pop songs on my workout playlist. I have English songs and J-pop on my playlist too, but K-pop takes up the most space. Here are some of my favs:

1. 2pm – Electricity (220 v mix)

2. GD & TOP – High High

3. SHINee – Lucifer

4. f(x) – Hot Summer

5. Mighty Mouth – La La La (feat. Soyu)

6. Epik High – 따라해 (Wannabe)

7. ZE:A – Watch Out!!

8. Brown Eyed Girls – Sixth Sense

9. 2NE1 – Crush

10. DJ Masa – 2NE1/C&C Music Factory – Gonna Make You THE BEST

 

I think in terms of groups SHINee, Big Bang, and 2NE1 have a lot of really good songs for working out. SHINee especially! I like stuff with a powerful beat to get me going. Since making this video though I added some more songs. 15&’s “Sugar” works surprising well!

What are your favorite songs to work out to? I love hearing new music, so recommend some to me. 🙂