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.

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