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What’s Sticky and Spicy and Hot all over??…

If you guessed Ddukbokki, you’d be right!!!….did you think it was something else? ;)

I’ve only gotten food poisoning twice in my life.  Both instances just happened to coincide with Vacations.  The first time, I was in New York visiting family for Christmas.  It was eventually revealed that undercooked Brownies were to blame.
The second time was in Korea.  We had gotten Ddukbokki from a Street Vendor (it’s an extremely popular Street Food there).

Needless to say, I quickly developed a great dislike for both.  It took me a really long time to sink my teeth into a fudgy Brownie or even muster up a smile for a bubbling, screaming Red bowl of this Spicy and Sticky goodness.  I’m happy to say that I’ve since gotten over it so cue the delicious Ddukbokki!!

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Spicy Korean Rice Cake Dish (Ddeokbokki or Dukbokki)

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 4 c Rice Cake Sticks, found in the refrigerated/frozen section or near the Rice shelves (unrefrigerated)
  • 5 c Water + 5 large Anchovies
  • 1/2 Onion
  • 1 Garlic
  • 3 Crab Sticks or 1-2 sheets of Fish Cake
  • 5 tb Red Pepper Paste (Gochujang)
  • 1 tb Fish Sauce
  • 2 tb Sugar
  • 1 tb Honey (or Corn Syrup, Agave, or Rice Syrup–whatever you have on hand)
  • 2 tb Sesame Oil
  • 1 tb Sesame Seed (more if you’d like)
  • Optional:: Green Onions, Cabbage, Carrots, etc.


  1. Soak your Rice Sticks for at least 30 min in water (doesn’t need to be hot or cold, your tap will do)
  2. In a large pot, bring your stock to a boil with the Water and Anchovies. Give it about 15-20 min. Drain and add your Onion, Garlic, Pepper Paste, Fish Sauce, Sugar, Honey and Sesame Oil.
  3. Tumble in your Rice Sticks. Wait for it to thicken slightly
  4. Toss in your Meat and sprinkle with Sesame Seeds


You can definitely sub a portion of the aforementioned ingredients for whatever you’d like.

Anchovy Stock = Veggie/Chicken Stock Crab Sticks/Fish Cake = (Hot Dogs, Beef, Chicken, etc) Fish Sauce = Soy Sauce

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3 thoughts on “What’s Sticky and Spicy and Hot all over??…

  • NabiRina says:

    >Hi Angie!!! You have a special gift! You can read my mind, I was wondering if you could make your version of tteokbokki. And here it is!!! Thank you for being so wonderful person! I'm totally your fan!!!
    <3 Saranghae <3

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    >You are so kind, Nabi! Thank you so very much for reading my thoughts. I'm amazed that anyone even cares, lol. You always brighten my day—YOU are wonderful!!

  • Jethalal says:

    I have been looking for this reicpe forever andthrough experimenting I’ve gotten very close with a similar reicpe. I do not cure the tendon, but I basicly just make an infused oil. I cook garlic, ginger, and scallions in oil. With a strainer I pour the hot oil over the dry herbs removing the garlic, scallion, and ginger. The dry herbs are crushed Szechuan Peppercorn, chilis, and fennel (same as yours). I pour the hot oil over the spices and add sea salt, sugar, orange peel, soy sauce, & a touch of sesame oil. I love it, but I think I’m going to try curing it next time. That sounds like a beautiful idea. Thanks for your help.

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