In Korea, tteok bbok kki is almost synonymous with 'street foods' or 'cheap foods'. It's needless to say that tteok bbok kki is the No. 1 best selling street foods. However, tteok bbok kki's original form and the context it was served in the past is quite different from what we see on the street carts in Korea today.
Back in the old days, tteok bbok kki used to be an exclusively royal cuisine cooked with slices of beef, shitake mushroom, and a mix of colorful vegetables in soy sauce base instead of chili paste. Since red chili was not introduced to Korea until the early 1600s, the spicy tteok bbok kki we know of today is a relatively modern creation considering the 5000-year-long Korean history. It appears that when the red chili was introduced to Korea, people simplified what was a luxury royal cuisine into a commoners food with red chili sauce and slices of fish cake in place of beef and fancy vegetables. This royal tteok bbok kki doesn't have the Korean spicy kick, but you get to enjoy sweet soy sauce taste and crispy vegetables.
Ingredients for 2 servings
rice cake (2 handful, or 24 each)
shitake mushroom (2, sliced)
rib eye or skirt stake (1/2 lb, sliced)
onion (1/4 medium, sliced)
bell pepper (1/2, sliced)
red pepper (1 sliced)
carrot (1/2, julienned)
scallion (1 stalk, cut lengthwise)
sesame seeds for garnish
garlic (1-2 cloves, minced)
sesame oil (1 tbl)
Korean soy sauce (3 tbl)
brown sugar or honey (1 tbl)
salt and pepper
1.Soak rice cake in water for 10+ minutes.
3.Prepare the sauce by mixing minced garlic in soy sauce, sesame oil, brown sugar.
4.Marinate beef for 30 minutes using half the sauce from Step 3.
5.Bring the rice cakes from Step 1 to boil and drain. In a wok or a pan, stir fry the marinated meat from Step 4 and the vegetables from Step 3.
6.When the meat and vegetables are about half cooked, add the rice cakes from Step 5.
7.Add remaining sauce from Steps 3 and 4, and stir fry. Sprinkle some sesame seeds on top before serving.