Food to Survive the Cold Winter: Tteokbokki

Written by on January 7, 2014 in Worldwide Korea Bloggers

Tteokbokki, Korean rice cakes with fish cakes in spicy pepper sauce, is known to be a quick take-out snacks which you can buy from street stalls in Korea.  During the cold winter in Korea, tteokbokki is especially popular because the hot and spicy rice cakes will help keep the body warm.  Besides, this is one dish that can be commonly found along the street or at the restaurants.


Years ago dated as far back as Joseon Dynasty, Tteokbokki was a royal court cuisine instead of a daily dish.  Soy sauce was used instead of gochujang and main ingredients included kelp, dried mushrooms, onions, vegetables and meat.  It was a stir-fry savoury dish then.


The modern tteokbokki dish is a popular dish which can be taken as a full-meal instead of having it as a snack.  There is even a tteokbokki street at Sindang-dong area with several restaurants serving this dish side by side.  These are just a few of the restaurants.






The full-meal tteokbokki is cooked in a pan with rice cakes, ramyeon and sweet potato noodles piled beneath the other ingredients including fish cakes, eggs, quail eggs, fried fritters (in seafood or vegetables), mandu (dumplings), sausages and onion.


Since those served in the restaurants are more elaborate and sumptuous, the price is also slightly highly, approximate 5,000 to 7,000 per pax depending on the number of persons sharing a pot.  Serving portion for 2 persons could costs approximately 12,000 won.  Additional ingredients can be requested and the price will be charged accordingly.  So check out this warm and delicious Korean favourite this winter!

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Jos Tan

Jos Tan is an avid blogger who enjoys travelling to Korea to experience the Korean culture and food. She has a passion for the local food in Singapore as well as other Asian countries. Through the six trips that she has made to Korea, she has learnt the Korea has a deep and long history. Her exploration on this beautiful country continues since she now has the opportunity to learn and share about the Korean food culture. Visit her blog at