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Posted by on Jun 19, 2010 in Korean Food | 18 comments

International noodles incident with tteokbokki

International noodles incident with tteokbokki

I submitted a Korean noodle dish for the June International Incident Party featuring the sublimely versatile noodle known as garae tteok in Korean.


1 lb. sticky rice cake sticks (garae tteok)
5 fried fish cakes (odeng)
1/4 head chopped cabbage
2 green onions, cutting diagonally about one inch long and separating the white part from the green part


3 tbsp. red pepper paste (gochujang)
1 tbsp. red pepper powder (gochugaru) or hot paprika
2 tbsp. honey or agave syrup
2 cups water
1/4 cup soju
1 tbsp. soy sauce
1 tbsp. sesame seed oil
2 tbsp. minced garlic

  1. Presoak the garae tteok noodles for at least 10 minutes. 
  2. While the noodles are soaking, you can start making the sauce. Briefly saute the garlic and then add all the sauce ingredients and stir until they come together and start to come to a boil. 
  3. Add the noodles, fish cake, cabbage and the white part of the green onion and boil for about eight minutes. 
  4. Then add the green part of the green onions and continue to cook until the noodle are completely cooked through. 
  5. Serve hot with rice and Korean side dishes.

This post is carefully coordinated to post at 11 a.m. June 20, 2010, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, time. After all, how can you join a party if you show up late?

Edit: I wasn’t the only guest at the party.Here are the other noodle recipes featured in the International Noodles Incident party. Here’s the list of party attendees offering up 15 different noodle recipes featuring vermicelli, soba, handpulled noodles, egg noodles, etc.

Here is the list of the party goers!


  1. The thing that I like about korean dishes are the chillies or not chilli paste. I have never really made korean noodles before. Must give it a go. And like the idea of using soju.

  2. Yum – so simple, healthy, and versatile. I've never done any Korean cooking, but you have inspired me to get started! Thanks!

  3. This is a great dish – so simple yet so flavourful! Thanks for your great contribution to our party!

  4. The soju is a really unique (to me) ingredient in this dish! I would love to make this one!

  5. I am totally new to this type of noodle and dish. Good one.

  6. Yum! A wonderful dish, I love this sauce! I need to try this very soon!

  7. nom nom! From the yummy photo to the soju in the sauce, I am smitten by this dish! (btw, thanks for stopping by my site and recommending other dishes from Namu!)

  8. oohh! I want to make this. Can we get agave syrup here in Melbourne?

  9. Must have been some kind of a party. The menu looks outstanding – and complete with links. Nice touch. I don't know much about the how to part of Korean cooking, but your dish looks delicious.

  10. Koreans have lots of noodle dishes. When Penny posted this challenge, I had a hard time picking my options. Maybe she should do a Noodle Party part two! LOL!<br /><br />@ Cherrie, if you can&#39;t find agave syrup in Australia, regular corn syrup or honey could work just as well.

  11. I&#39;ve only ever had tteokbokki once, but it was delicious! THis looks just as good, if not better! I might have to try this one day- first I have to find out where to buy rice cake sticks!

  12. I don&#39;t think I could possibly forget sticky rice cake sticks, so I can sadly say I&#39;ve never tasted tteokbokki. Now, I&#39;ll be on a mission to try it, especially if I can make it with this recipe!

  13. Garaetteok actually is more of a pasta or noodle than it is a cake, that&#39;s for sure. <br /><br />Really, if you want to argue, argue with the KTO, the Korea Herald, and who are now translating tteokguk as &quot;Sliced Rice Cake Pasta Soup&quot; and gungung tteokbokki as &quot;Rice cake pasta with vegetables, royal style&quot;

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