What better to do at a two months after the fact sort of birthday party/excuse to avoid other social obligations party then cook (and karaoke)? Since we were too lazy to get any groceries, we had to make do with what was on hand… which meant traditional Korean food! You might need to grab a couple of things from your friendly neighborhood Korean market for these dishes.

We made gimbap (Korean sushi) and tteokbokki which are both popular street food dishes in Korea.

Korean sushi

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Unlike Japanese sushi, Korean sushi is made with cooked fish, which means you need less talent to make it (perfect for me). This is a quick and easy dish to prepare, it takes about five minutes for a beginner (me) to make one roll. We used cucumber, carrots, crab, egg, fish cakes and pickled yellow radish in ours.

Ingredients

  • 1 carrot
  • 1 cucumber
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 pieces of Eomook (fish cakes)
  • 5 slices of DanMooJi (pickled yellow radish)
  • 3 crab Sticks
  • 4 cups of Sushi Rice (short grain)
  • ½ tbs of salt
  • ½ tbs of sesame oil
  • 6-7 sheets of seaweed

You will also need…

  • Aluminum foil (to not make a mess)
  • Sushi mat

Preparation

  1. Chop your veggies, crab sicks, egg and fish into thin strips.
  2. Slightly cook your veggies on a frying pan
  3. Cook your sushi rice (short grain), it should be sort of sticky
  4. Mix in the salt and the sesame oil into your cooked rice
  5. Lay down a sheet of seaweed.
  6. Cover 2/3 of the seaweed with rice and put your filling in the middle. It should look like this :
  7. Roll it so that the the beginning of the rice covered area touches the end of the rice covered area.
  8. Finish rolling and make sure the seaweed is well stuck together
  9. Cut them into 1.5 cm pieces
  10. Enjoy
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               It should look something like this before rolling.

 

Tteokbokki

tteokbokki

                                The tteokbokki is in the middle.

 

Tteokbokki is a delightfully spicy dish made with ramen, boiled eggs, rice cakes (tteok), fish cakes, gochujang (a spicy paste made from chili peppers), carrots and onions.

Ingredients

  • 2 tbs of gochujang (spicy chili pepper paste)
  • 1 tbs of soy sauce
  • ½ tbs of Sugar
  • 1 carrot, sliced
  • ½ onion, sliced
  • 3/4 cup of water
  • 1½ – 2 cups of tteok, (rice cakes), sliced into 5 cm pieces
  • 3 pieces of oemook  (fish cakes)

Optional

  • 2 boiled eggs
  • ramen noodles

Preparation

  1. In a small bowl, mix together the gochujang, the soy sauce and the sugar.
  2. Taste the new sauce and adjust it to your preference. I.E. if you like it spicy and HOT, add some gochujang; if you like it salty, add some soy sauce and if you like it sweet, go for the sugar.
  3. In a large cooking pan, cook the carrots and the onions till they’re slightly well done (medium high heat)
  4. Add your new personalized sauce into your veggies and mix them together with a wooden spoon
  5. Pour in the water
  6. Add the tteok and the oemook immediately after
  7. Turn the heat to its maximum and leave your tteokbokki to boil
  8. When boiling, turn off the heat
  9. If desired, add the eggs and the ramen into it now
  10. Serve hot and dig in

** If you add the ramen, I suggest you to add a little bit more water than what the recipe says.

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