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?)

Ingredients:

  • 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?)

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