Toppoki, Korean Stir Fry Rice Cake トッポッキ
May 22, 2010 § Leave a comment
Toppoki (also known as Teokbokki), sounds funny isn’t it? It is my favorite Korean dish! It has a little bit of many things, typically beef, spring onion, egg, carrot, fish cake and so on; but the main ingredient is Korean rice cake. I love rice cakes a lot; Shanghai rice cakes are sliced thinly, fast-cooking, and good for soup recipes cause they absorb flavor very well; Japanese rice cakes usually looks like a piece of soap, I like the way they simply grill it with sweet soy sauce and wrap with a seaweed, the crunchy outside soft inside plus caramelized sweet soy sauce, I’m in heaven XD; Korean rice cakes take a little bit longer to cook, but their chewiness is incomparable! (Drooling yet?)
- 300g – Korean rice cakes;
- 1 – Big piece of thin fish cakes, cut into small triangles;
- 1 – Small cucumber, cut into strips;
- 1/2 – Carrot, cut into match-sticks;
- 1/2 – Pack Mushrooms, halved, any kind;
- 2 cups – Water;
- 3 Tablespoon – Korean roasted Red Pepper Sauce (Medium spicy);
- 4 Tablespoon – Maltose, or 2 Tablespoon of sugar;
- 1 Tablespoon – Sweet bean sauce (optional);
- Roasted sesame to garnish on top.
Heat a non-stick pan with a tablespoon of oil, stir fry onion and carrot for a couple of minutes, add everything else other than cucumber (or any green vegetables, because they will lose the bright green color if they are over-cooked). Then simply cook on a medium heat until liquid reduced and the sauce become thick, add cucumber, mix well and cook for a minute or two. Serve in bowls.
Well, my version of Toppoki may not be a very traditional Korean one. What I usually do is open my fridge, check what I got and add what I have suitable for this dish, but of course at least you need to have rice cakes or it would be stir fry rice cake. I like to put something red, something yellow and something green, so please feel free to add anything you like! (I have a friend cooked only rice cake itself =.= it won’t taste bad but it’s better to make your meal well-balanced right?)