Thursday, December 3, 2009

Dduk Bok Ki

I am so excited right now. I just made dduk bok ki, the Korean rice cake dish that was a favorite of mine as a child and still is to this day. My mom makes it when I go home, but otherwise, I've had to rely on food court stalls and restaurants where the price does not reflect its humble-and very cheap-ingredients. But, no more because I have conquered my fear of making dduk bok ki!

ddukbokki

I used this recipe from Maangchi as a guide, but instead of making anchovy stock, I used dashi from a packet. Also, the green onions in my crisper were beyond usable, so I used cabbage instead (another vegetable that's been in my fridge for a good while, but somehow retained the spring in its step). The rice cakes I bought directed me to soak them in cold water 2 hours beforehand, but I could only wait around for about an hour before I needed to eat NOW (and they turned out fine). And needless to say, no measuring spoons were used in this process.

Preparing this dish is rather magical: the rice cakes soften up and get squishy while the spicy sauce slowly, but surely, thickens into something that tastes so surprisingly good, you can't believe you made it yourself. I guess a lot of cooking is this way; you do as the recipe says and somehow, it all miraculously melds together to create something edible (and occasionally, even perfect). Today was a solo test run, but Charles loves this dish, so I'll definitely be making it for him! Give it a try, it's oh so easy.

13 comments:

yutjangsah said...

Yum. That looks delicious. Ive made fake duk bokkee ya know just some kochjang n rice cakes. Not good. Youve inspired me to make it fer reals.

Gastronomer said...

CONGRATS!! One of the greatest thrills ever is recreating a beloved dish from childhood! I'm so happy for you because I LOVE dukbokki and I was only introduced to it a few months ago.

Kung Food Panda is gonna give me a dukbokki tutorial in a few Sundays! YES!

Btw - I tried making Maangi's "savory" dubokki. It turned out good, but not amazing. Probably because I improvised A LOT ;-)

weezermonkey said...

Impressive!

Pandalicious said...

mmm, that looks soo good! perfect for this chilly night.

Rowena... said...

I want! Right now this looks like the perfect dish to eat while it's snowing outside. Ok, I've just added rice cakes to the list of things that I need to find the next time in Milan.

bagnatic said...

nice meeting you today!

i don't think i've ever had dduk bok ki. is that embarassing or whut?

Marie said...

Yutjangsah: Thanks! I think a lot of Korean food seems more complicated than it actually is; maybe the mystique of our mothers' kitchens or something.

Gastronomer: Thank you! And I thought Kung Food Panda was Chinese, impressive he knows all about the rice cake! My mom makes the savory kind, too, with beef and veggies. I figured that might be slightly tricker to pull off... plus, I already had all the stuff for the spicy version. :P

Weezermonkey: Thanks! Really surprised myself.

Pandalicious: Indeed, love spicy Korean food during the colder months! We especially know our stews. :)

Rowena: Hope you'll try it! By the way, I love that you can say such thigns about Milan! Really enjoy your blog!

Bagnatic: Nice meeting you as well! Not embarrassing at all, there are lots of things I still need to try. Such as... BANH MI.

Maangchi said...

aww! your ddukbokki looks more delicious than mine! : ) Thank you for using my recipe!

Marie said...

Maangchi: Thanks for stopping by! I look forward to recreating more favorite dishes from your recipes! :)

Mary P. said...

Oh my. That looks so good - especially today when it is cold and blowing snow around outside. I need a good hot meal

Ben said...

I've had this at my Korean friend's place before. I really like it and I am glad you posted the link to the recipe.

Marie said...

Mary: Well, because I'm such a wimp, I can use such hot meals even when it's only like 50 degrees out here! But yes, this one is great for warming up.

Ben: Thanks for stopping by! Hope you'll try it, it's quite simple but rewarding. :)

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