Have you always been craving for the spicy Tteokbokki while watching Korean drama at home? Well, you can actually cook them at home cause it is so simple and easy to them with minimal effort and cooking time! You can even leave it to cook in a rice cooker so that you can concentrate on watching the Korean drama without worrying about switching off the gas stove.
Add the water, dried anchovies, and dried kelp to a shallow pot or pan.
Boil for 15 minutes over medium high heat without the lid.
Combine hot pepper paste, hot pepper flakes, and sugar in a small bowl. Remove the anchovies and kelp from the pot and add the rice cake, the mixture in the bowl, the green onion, and the optional fish cakes and hard boiled eggs. The stock will be about 2 ½ cups.
Stir gently with a wooden spoon when it starts to boil. Keep stirring until the rice cake turns soft and the sauce thickens and looks shiny, which should take about 10 -15 minutes. If the rice cake is not soft enough, add more water and continue stirring until soften. When you use freshly made rice cake, it takes shorter time. If you use frozen rice cake, thaw it out and soak in cold water to soften it before cooking.
Onigiri is a triangle shaped sushi wrapped in Japanese seaweed. Onigiri is my favourite food to pack for work lunch, road trips and picnic. You can actually make onigiri a day in advance and just pack them in your bento lunch.
Gimbap is a korean style sushi roll where gim means seaweed and bap means rice. It is very different from the Japanese sushi because Gimbap uses only sesame oil and salt to season its rice while Japanese sushi uses sugar, salt and vingar.