When it comes to versatility, there are a few dishes that can rival Korean rice cake (tteok). Eaten alone, it has a subtle taste and doesn’t come bursting with flavor out of the gate. However, when paired with a delicious spicy sauce, Korean rice cake takes on a different personality. You can even make it more exciting by pairing it with other dishes! Here are our recommendations, so you can get the best out of your spicy Korean rice cake (tteokbokki).
Stir-fried noodles and spicy Korean rice cake might be a match made in heaven. That’s because the tteokbokki can add a different dimension to the overall flavor of this dish.
After eating some of the noodles, try having a bite or two of the rice cake. You may find that the taste of the noodles has changed slightly due to the lingering spicy flavor.
Remember that making the noodles spicy might be a little too much for most palates, so avoid doing this unless you’re a fan of extreme heat.
Korean Soybean Paste Stew
Known in Korea as doenjang jjigae, this dish consists of meat, vegetables, and tofu in a mouth-watering stew that is earthy and salty. It is best served piping hot.
Compared with traditional Western stews, you’ll find that Korean soybean paste stew is a little thinner (but not as thin as a soup dish). Each spoonful bursts with flavor, which the spicy Korean rice cake punctuates with heat.
If you’re craving something warm and tasty, try this combo.
If you’ve always eaten your fried chicken with rice, why don’t you shake things up and try it with spicy Korean rice cake? This works best if you give your chicken a sweet and sour glaze instead of keeping it plain. And with the added heat from your spicy Korean rice cake, you got yourself a pretty tasty meal!
However, if your mantra is "rice is life,” you can serve the tteokbokki as a side dish. Just enjoy a small serving so you won’t get overloaded with carbs.
If you’re into mixing and matching cuisines to satisfy your food cravings, go for an East-meets-West experience by pairing your spicy Korean rice cake with fried calamares.
Expect the heat and flavor of thetteokbokki to cut through the oil. It helps if you use a light oil (like peanut or vegetable) that won’t overpower the taste of the squid.
This combination is a great snack option for when you want something a little bit substantial but less filling than a full meal.
Adjust to your preference
When following any recipe, remember that you can tweak it a little to suit your own taste. You can give the dish a little punch with the help of a sauce or a condiment like Knorr Liquid Seasoning. You can use it for marinating, cooking, or dipping. A few drops of this seasoning can help enhance the flavor of any dish. It’s a must-have in any kitchen.