Thursday, 3 March 2011

Rabokki, A Korean Street Staple

     This is an amazingly simple, amazingly delicious recipe I got from my South Korean housemate. It's made of sliced rice cakes and instant noodles in spicy pepper sauce - it's like this chewy, saucy, noodley fabulousness. My housemate, Ji-eun, told me that it's about as common as hot dogs over here with their carts at almost every corner. It's sold by little street vendors all over the place and she really missed it while living in Canada so she made it often when she lived with me.

     Thankfully, she gave me the recipe before she moved out and I get to share it with you guys now. You have to find an Asian grocery store for the ingredients but I promise it's worth it! I have this at least once a week and it's the only really spicy thing I'll have, it's that good. I'm sure you'll love it too. 

Note: When this is served without the noodles it's called ddoekbokki instead of rabokki. 

1 packet instant noodles
2 cups sliced rice cakes
half a white onion, roughly chopped
1 cup of cabbage, shredded
1-2 stalks green onion
1 cup of water 
1/3 cup hot pepper paste
1 tsp soy sauce
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp perilla or sesame oil
1-2 tbsps brown sugar
chili flakes, to desired heat

Add all ingredients together in a pot and boil 'til the noodles are cooked through, then it's done. Simple! 

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