Young People’s Tteokbokk

Young peoples tteokbokk

Young People’s Tteokbokk

Young people’s tteokbokk (tteokbokki meaning “stir-fried rice cake”) is the comfort food of millions in Korea. The chewy, savoury flavour with a spicy kick is irresistible to many and the dish has become a staple in Korean homes. While tteokbokki is a popular street food, it’s also enjoyed in restaurants and has even made it overseas.

With the popularity of tteokbokki, new establishments have emerged that take the classic flavor and add a twist. They serve tteokbokki with different sauces, ingredients, toppings and cooking methods. Some places even create a buffet-style meal where guests can pick and choose what they want to include in their bowls. Some common additions include ramyun noodles, dumplings, squid, cheese and instant noodles. Some places even offer the option of dipping deep fried sweet potato or laver rolls into their tteokbokki for an extra crunch and texture.

It’s been over a century since the first mention of tteokbokki in history and it’s still a beloved snack among Koreans. But what’s behind its long-lasting popularity?

Tteokbokki’s origins date back to the Joseon Dynasty, though it was probably more of a stew than the stir-fried version we enjoy today. The recipe has changed over time, with the addition of gochujang (Korean red chili pepper paste) and sugar, and with the switch to wheat flour as a main ingredient instead of rice in order to take advantage of it’s abundant supply.

During the Korean War, tteokbokki became a staple of the military diet because it was inexpensive to make and could be quickly consumed by hungry soldiers. The wheat-based recipe was eventually adopted by civilians as well due to the fact that it was easier for them to get than rice, which was a rare luxury in their homes.

In recent years, the popularity of tteokbokki has exploded. It’s now one of the most iconic foods in Korea, with its own festival and research institute. It’s the kind of food that you see a lot of people sharing online and in person, and it’s become an everyday comfort for those who want a quick, delicious meal.

While the popularity of tteokbokki is on the rise, it’s important to remember that the authentic recipe is still the best. Don’t be afraid to try out different versions or add your own spin to the dish, just be sure to use high-quality ingredients for the most enjoyable experience. Use coarse gochugaru flakes for more spiciness or finer powder for a more subtle heat and use syrup (such as oligo syrup) to bring out the sweetness without overpowering the other flavors. And don’t forget to top it with scallions and sesame seeds for that final touch of elegance. Enjoy!