Seasoned Rice Sticks (Korean cuisine) 떡볶이

Rice SticksThis is one of my favourite Korean dishes – very tasty and easy to make – dduk kokgi (떡볶이) which means “stir-fried rice cakes”.  The main ingredient of rice sticks can be purchased in a Korean grocery shop.

The recipe is from “Eating Korean” by Cecilia Hae-Jin Lee.


  • 1 packet rice sticks
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 onion – thinly sliced into strips
  • 1 carrot sliced diagonally into thin oval shapes
  • 1 zucchini cut into slices
  • 1 tablespoon Korean chilli paste
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon Korean malt syrup (mool yut)
  • 2 green onions (shallots) sliced on the diagonal into 1 inch lengths
  • 6 shiitake mushrooms thinly sliced


Put the rice caks into a bowl of water and separate them so they don’t stick together. Soak for about an hour then drain the water and give the rice sticks a final rinse. Drain off all the water.

Heat the oil then cook the onion and carrot. Saute for a couple of minutes until  the carrot becomes a little bit soft.

Add the rice sticks, zucchini, chili paste, soy sauce, sesame oil and malt syrup.  Continue sauteeing for about another 5 minutes. If the rice cakes are still extra hard. cover and let cook for a couple of minutes to soften.

An option here is add a small quantity of boolgogi (cooked meat) or fish cakes but I prefer to keep this dish purely vegetarian and serve the meat separately.

Add the green onions and mushrooms and cook for another 2 or 3 minutes.

Pictures (click images to enlarge)

Rice sticks in the packet:


Soaking in a bowl of water:


The finished dish:


Here is my cooking with other dishes enjoyed in my workplace. From the left – japchae (potato noodles) with vegetables, steamed rice, bulgogi (at the top), Korean fish cakes (at the bottom), then rice sticks, steamed rice and a spicy Indian vegetable dish.



Author: charuzu

I live in Sydney and interests include music, piano playing, technology, cooking, English language, public speaking, Toastmasters, Asian culture (especially Japan and Korea), cinema, personal development, productivity and making friends with people from around the world.

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